” A slum is not a chaotic collection of structures; it is a dynamic collection of individuals who have figured out how to survive in the most adverse of circumstances ” Kalpana Sharma, 2000 (Rediscovering Dharavi)

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Working with Mahila Milan – Day 41

Working with Mahila Milan – Day 41 For the past week I’ve also been conducting...

Urbz and Social Nagar, Dharavi. – Day 38

Having been hosted at Urbz Mumbai for the past 3 weeks I’ve had great access...

Dahi Handi, Dharavi – Day 37

Moments from Dahi Handi,  a Hindu festival celebrated in August that involves making a human pyramid and breaking an...

Meeting with Jockin- Sir and National Slum Dwellers Federation. – Day 36

I have  been really looking forward to meeting Jockin Arputham, a former Nobel Peace Prize...

Visiting SPARC’s Mumbai office. – Writings from Day 34

Visiting SPARC’s Mumbai office. –  Day 34 I was invited by Sheela Patel, one of...

Observing local industries – Writings from Day 31

Day 30 Being in Dharavi is like no other experience I’ve had before. Walking through...

Moving through Dharavi – Writings from Day 25

Moving through Dharavi. Spending the past few days in Mumbai making my way to and...

Entering Dharavi and first meeting with URBZ – Writing from Day 23

Dharavi and First meeting with Urbz – Writing from Day 23 Journeying to Dharavi for...

Arriving in India – Writings from Day 21

Arriving in India My visit so far in Mumbai has been as busy as it...

Leaving Shenzhen – Writings from Day 19

Day 19 Day 19 marked my last day in Shenzhen and in Gangxia Urban Village....

Hong Kong & Domat – Writings from Day 17

Day 17 Hong Kong &  Domat. Leaving Shenzhen and arriving in Hong Kong there is...

Gangxia Urban Village  – Writings from Day 14

  Meeting, Eating and Surveying. Over the past few days I’ve been lucky enough to...

Movement through Gangxia – Day 11 (360 tour)

The passing of Tropical Typhoon Nida marked the beginning of the  survey phase for Gangxia...

Gangxia Nights – Writings from Day 08

Gangxia Nights Moving through Gangxia for the past week and examining the structure of the...

Gangxia Village – Writings from Day 05

Gangxia Village  Day 5 After spending the first few days moving to and from Gangxia...

Entering Gangxia Urban Village

Entering Gangxia Urban Village : Part 1 After an eventful and busy first week in...

Arriving in Shenzhen

Travelling from Perth, Western Australia and after a short layover in Kuala Lumpur I arrived...

2016 RIBA NORMAN FOSTER TRAVELLING SCHOLARSHIP 

 

Lord Foster said:

‘The award is now in its tenth year, and once again, the standard of all the entries was extremely high – giving the jury much to deliberate upon. The study of informal settlements was a widespread theme, with the sites of investigation ranging from cities in developing countries to refugee camps. Abel Feleke’s proposal was unanimously chosen as the winning entry due to its clarity of purpose and unique approach – looking at these dense urban communities as a network of social relations. I am pleased that this scholarship will help further Abel’s research, and look forward to seeing the project develop over the coming months.’

RIBA President Jane Duncan said:

‘I am delighted that the 2016 RIBA Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship has been awarded to Abel Feleke to support him in examining communities established in informal settlements. His motivation for embarking on the project is commendable and I await the findings with great interest.’