Mumbai Matters

The many worlds of Mumbai: Bhandup Pumping Station

The Bhandup Pumping Station (BPS) is one of Mumbai’s main sewage treatment plants. To think of such a place as a biodiversity hotspot can be a bit mind boggling. But when you talk to conservationists, photographers and those most patient of nature lovers – the bird watchers – they’ll all confirm that Bhandup is indeed…

IIT Bombay: A Campus so Unique

On a lazy Sunday morning in November, we are out watching birds, our fellow residents on the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) campus. We lock our eyes on a few Yellow-footed Green-Pigeons feeding on a ficus tree next to the Staff Hostel. The fruits, bright red, are dotted all over the tree. The green-pigeons…

A Chat with Green Humour – Illustrating a Biodiversity Map of Mumbai

One of the highlights of the Biodiversity by the Bay campaign has been the opportunity to work with Rohan Chakravarty of Green Humour. Rohan worked with wildlife experts and local Mumbaikars to create a one-of-a-kind map of Mumbai’s biodiversity that has been viewed by thousands of people, from journalists in Mumbai to commenters in Karachi…

Navi Mumbai’s Annual Run For Flamingos

With the ever-increasing destruction of wetlands in Navi Mumbai, we ask the residents to put on their running shoes on every World Wetlands Day to create awareness about wetlands, mangroves, and the visiting flamingos. Mumbai has lost a lot of its mangroves due to reclamation, encroachment, and garbage dumping, among other causes. The International Union…

An Architecture Student’s Vision for Building a Greener Mumbai – Edition 7

On September 4th, Waatavaran invited three visionary architects and urban planners of Mumbai – Rahul Kadri of IMK Architects, Pranav Naik of Studio Pomegranate, and Shilpa Chandawarkar, a professor at the Indian Education Society’s College of Architecture – to initiate a dialogue on Mumbai’s Green Recovery. With them, we invited young architecture and planning students to share…

An Architecture Student’s Vision for Building a Greener Mumbai – Edition 6

On September 4th, Waatavaran invited three visionary architects and urban planners of Mumbai – Rahul Kadri of IMK Architects, Pranav Naik of Studio Pomegranate, and Shilpa Chandawarkar, a professor at the Indian Education Society’s College of Architecture – to initiate a dialogue on Mumbai’s Green Recovery. With them, we invited young architecture and planning students to share…

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