Mumbai Expansion

A case study for the expansion of one of the largest cities in Asia
Mumbai, India

Rethinking urban habitat

During the present century Mumbai will triple its population, going from the current 24 million inhabitants in 2020 to around 70 million in 2100, becoming one of the 5 most populated cities on the planet.

It is completely impossible to increase his available territory without rethinking in depth the foundations of urban planning, contemplating technical solutions, and developing a masterplan with a 360º perspective. To meet this challenge, it will be necessary to work on several aspects using advanced engineering, minimizing environmental impact and developing a sustainable and native smart city, capable to integrate digital generation of multiple models based on AI support.

Video Production: Landboxes
Supported by: LAIA Lab, Barcelona EU
Authors: Pratik Borse, Gabriel Muñoz Moreno
Data Source: Open Data

Mumbai land reclamation

All the seven islands of Bombay and Colaba, a former Portuguese colony, since 1665 of British possession, began in 1672 a long process of land reclamation by building dikes between the narrow intra-island passages with the intention to produce additional area, initially for rice cultivation, agricultural and livestock purposes.

But it was not until 1860 with the construction of the Sion-Kurla Causeway, that the whole of islands became a peninsula, linked to mainland. At the beginning of the 1910s, as a result of the intense population growth in the region and the consolidation of the city as the economic capital of India, there was a strong demand for new developable land, which brought in the following decades the disappearance of agricultural land and a strong development of land reclamation.

Until 2020, 385.6 km2 of territory had been generated by land reclamation techniques in the area of the Mumbai peninsula, and the forecast for this century is to reach 1,000 km2, basically intervening in the area of Mumbai Bay, which means that there is still a missing of 600 km2 to be developed, giving opportunity to new technical interventions that offer solutions for medium depth and master plans that are capable of integrating sustainable growth.

This scenario represents a broad field of action for engineering and advanced consultants in this area, such as Landboxes.

Map of Bombay in 1672 Map of Bombay in 1672
Image: British Library
From: Gazetteer of the Bombay
Presidency (1896) by James M.
Free of rights
Bombay and Colaba, 1843 Bombay and Colaba, 1843
Image: British Library HMNTS 10055.g.
From: Gazetteer of the Bombay
Presidency, Volume 33, Page 678
Free of rights


A project for Landboxes Developments, USA. Partially produced by LAIA Lab BCN.
Team: Pratik Borse, Gabriel Muñoz Moreno
Location: Mumbai, India
Production: 2019-2020, ongoing