School of Environment and Architecture

Map of Cooperative Housing Societies in Mumbai,

part of Apoorva Sharma's Research 'Stories of Cooperative Housing Societies in Suburban Mumbai, 1960s and 70s. 


SEA-Studio, the research wing of the School of Environment and Architecture has initiatedfour long term research projects in order to develop new knowledge in the fields of Urbanism, Architecture and Environment:


Through a compilation of different types of housing, this project aims at building a narrative on different dimensions of Urban housing in India including a spatial history, a technological history, a policy history, history of the delivery systems and a cultural history of housing. This project is conceived as a two part research: 
A. History of Housing in Mumbai
B. History of Urban Housing in India


The intent of the project is to study varied resource regions and contexts in Rural India. Documenting settlements to understand modes of influence through which ‘house forms’ are developed, ways in which societies engage with their resources depending upon multiple factors such as their cultural practices or belief systems.


This research, assigns the term 'post-intensive landscape’ to describe wastelands resulting from intense human activity, and tries to set-up criteria to identify the same. It aims to examine the factors that lead to the creation of such landscapes and the larger processes they symbolize. By acknowledging such lands and the circumstances of their production, the research seeks to investigate the relationship between man and nature today, and understand and challenge our current understanding of what ‘nature’ means. It aims to examine the new spatial types and uses that arise in relation to these lands, and the architectural questions these pose.


A lack of Discourse and Scholarship in the field of South Asian Architecture and Urbanism calls for developing an infrastructure for the Documentation and Archival of the Architecture and Built form in South Asia. Addressing this urgency, the project further attempts at formulating and developing new lenses and conceptual frameworks through which an understanding of Architecture and Urbanism in South Asia can be put together.


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