CISTERNS IN DHARAVI
Rainwater harvesting multifunctional cisterns designed, to maximize water usage and storage, improve sanitation conditions.
M. ARCH STUDIO| DHARAVI | INDIA
POLITICS OF SPACE
The morphology of Dharavi is on that is arranged by its residents. Even within the small area of the slum are neighborhoods divided by their historical establishment, culture, religion (Hindu, Christian, Muslim and other minorities), political preferences and economic functions that create internally monitored partitions that sensitize every millimeter of land. Unlike in planned urban areas there is a lack of building regulation, zoning and land ownership.8
A SLUM INTERVENTION PROJECT
Having understood the context and content of the comprehensive research on slums in general and then particularly on the disasters that shape Dharavi a detailed architectural response was made to the following:
•The design strategy for the project given the limitations of sanitation and the seasonal monsoons was primarily developed around water and the management of it. A zero waste system that allows for the water collection, storage and distribution resulted in the design of a multifunctional rainwater cistern with a dry toilet base.
•Is vast in size and vertically elevated designed for maximum rainwater collection, storage and prevention of dirty water contamination.
•Have interconnecting paths that hover above the housing to respect the politics of space and allow for faster movement from one water collection node to another.
•The base of the cisterns are located on main streets for ease of accessibility, well lit allowing for constant monitoring as a safer place for public collection of water and use the bathroom stalls •Is designed for maximum storage and water filtration that are easily repairable.
•Designed to incorporate local cultures of material selection (clay and bamboo) and sensitive to environmental impacts.