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Chlorophyllous Urbanism: Mumbai

Part 2 Project 2015
Marshall Inglis
Marcus Rothnie
Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Edinburgh UK
Chlorophyllous Urbanism describes a method of intervening in Mumbai based on a new visualisation of the city as in a state of continuous revaluation between the economies of its fecund mangrove forests, red, and the economies of the colonial cotton industry, green. It is understood within this visualization that red does good and is more appropriate to how Mumbai naturally territorialises. The ultimate goal of the project is the propagation of more reds within a global city which prioritises the ideologies of the green.

In the development of Chlorophyllous Urbanism, (a type of urbanism more in tune with the underlying feculent characteristics of Mumbai), six sites of investigation have been tactically deployed to investigate the semantics of red and green along Mumbai’s Thane Creek coastline through a philosophical deployment and spatialisation in ‘blooms’ within the landscape. Programmatically, these interventions of architecture and territory, gold, sure up and propagate associated ecological, social or political reds and dismantle prevailing colonial greens. Finally, these newly developed persuasive architectures are mobilised and legitimised as a Chlorophyllous Urbanism strategy plan for an imagined city of Mumbai where the theories and territorial aspirations of the fecund red can be played out as an alternative political proposal.

Marshall Inglis
Marcus Rothnie

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