'Engineering Marvels ' or 'Urban Monuments' skyscrapers have always been objects of fascination for mankind. Humankind has always aspired to reach for the stars. Whether it was the Warner brothers or the Qutub Minar the thirst to reach the skies remains far from quenched .
As cities started to cramp up high rises as they are called will be the only choice left to meet the ever increasing demand for housing. Mumbai is no stranger to this phenomenon as it sees every nook in the city being redeveloped for creating more dwellings. So can we infer that multistoryed giants are the 'only' solution to house the urban rich and poor?
While the notion of a 'tower' was introduced in our setup years back some questions arose that still remain unanswered. Questions which may have been ignored or side tracked due to circumstantial pressure at the time but which cannot be left unanswered for too long.
How does this huge 'insert' fit into our densely chaotic city? Where roads and infrastructure have not been pre planned for the same and always come as an afterthought when things start to go wrong. Whether this monumental add on can assimilate into the city fabric and provide for a conducive environment for community growth?or is moving further towards urban alienation and isolation.
Architects have brainstormed in the past trying to bring the design idea of 'street' and 'courtyards' into buildings in order to humanize them. But are these really being put into 'real' practic...