Land reclamation: Mumbai

A new video produced by LAIA Lab for Landboxes, which explores the territorial expansion of Mumbai over land reclaimed from the sea, as part of the preparatory study of new urbanism.

History

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.

Opportunity

The economic capital of India is growing at high speed and will need major interventions to at least double its urban land area by the end of the century. 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 development in this area, thru Landboxes, an integrated solution for land reclamation.

Ecosystem

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Landboxes

A state-of-the-art land reclamation system, designed to achieve better performance than dredging in terms of economics, ecological impact and social.

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Landboxes integration

We currently maintain 3 developments in different stages of design or study: New York, San Francisco, and Mumbai and during 2021 we will open a new location in Southeast Asia.

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Credits

Landboxes Mumbai Development program is developed in association with LAIA Lab

Project architect: Pratik Borse
Diagrams and videos: Landboxes Team