There are over 200 unique slums in Mumbai. What makes each slum different is the industry of the slum dwellers. Some industries are very lucrative, leading to very refined slum huts, and others are less so, leading to make-shift shacks. The city of Mumbai is now making a great effort to raze these areas and house slumdwellers in high rises. This “solution” is corrupted by poor construction, and spatially does not consider the importance of industry. This project offers an alternative.
The strategy begins with extracting the logic of each industry. The next step uses this logic it to create floating city above slums. It begins as a safe haven from the heavy flooding of the monsoon, but as the structure grows in squarefootage, it transforms into a workplace for the slum dwellers below. This workplace will then produce the same raw and finished goods it does on the ground, but with an architecture that is designed specifically for that industry. As this grows, a marketplace will become an hub for people to trade these raw and finished goods. This will become very attractive to a foriegn market, and the implementation of a hotel will accomodate international buyers and tourists, as well as create new jobs for poorly paid slum dwellers.