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This research project examines historic and contemporary examples of ‘radical housing’ in Mumbai and Brighton, their ideas, practices and the production of flexible inhabitations. These cases demonstrate the production of housing beyond state produced policy and market facilitation to see how people generate inhabitations through their own desires, aspirations, practices and ingenuities. An active ongoing Archive of cases leads to a conceptual terrain in the Keywords section through which frameworks of housing and inhabitations can be rethought. In doing so, the research identifies approaches and mechanisms to influence architecture and design practice, pedagogy and housing policy in Mumbai and Brighton. 



Mumbai: Rupali Gupte

Brighton: Megha Rajguru  


Research Assistant: 

Alefiyah Merchant (For Mumbai)


Sunil Thakkar (For Mumbai)


Website Designers:

Vastavikta Bhagat

Moomal Shekhawat


The research has been funded by UK Research and Innovation and is supported by the University of Brighton and hosted by the Centre for Design History. Additional institutional support is provided by the School of Environment and Architecture in Mumbai. 

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