Sunday, February 21, 2010

Photo Essay: Vertical Slums, by Giulio Di Sturco

Mumbai, the symbol of Indian miracles, will become the most populated megalopolis in the world by 2020. Over 40 percent of its inhabitants live in various slums which define the urban landscape of the city. In Mumbai, the most widely known slum is the Dharavi slum. It has one of the highest population densities in the world. In these “villages” within the city, the most disparate ethnic and religious groups live together in harmony, bound by the instinct to survive. In 2008, Dharavi inhabitants began to move to municipal residences and the land of Dharavi was put up for sale with the intent to build shopping malls and residential areas for the new Mumbai middle class.

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