RMA’s approach to working in Mumbai has been to use the city and region of their operation as a generator of practice. It’s a way for them to evolve an approach, and architectural vocabulary, that draws from a more elastic definition of the profession – one that sees multiple disciplines as being simultaneously valid in engaging with the kinetic landscape of India.
Working in Mumbai is not monographic in its format or disposition. Rather, it weaves a series of rich narratives around the gamut of issues and questions that intersect at many moments as these different narratives unfold. Architecture, emergent urbanism, critical conservation, research and writing, reuse of urban spaces, and social engagement are some of the issues that become the focus of these narratives. The narratives are richly represented with illustrations from their practice and collaborations, as well as other relevant images from across India.