Urban Age Award 2007 Mumbai

The inaugural Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award was presented on 02 November 2007 to two transformative projects in Mumbai that demonstrated how citizens had improved the lives of local residents and the quality of their urban environment through innovative partnerships.

Much of the city of Mumbai has grown informally and shows a mixed geography with rich and poor settlements existing side by side in various parts of the city. The nature of both the growth and governance of the city has made even basic public service delivery difficult in many areas. At the same time, the geography of the city has prevented outward expansion, leading to incredible levels of density and limited open space.

The busy city of Mumbai

Mumbai Slums

 Mumbai slums

The projects that applied for the first Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award in Mumbai in 2007 demonstrated the remarkable initiative, creativity, and tenacity of citizens from different walks of life to address the challenges in their city. These initiatives respond to the nature of the city — in particular, to the large degree of informality and the constraints of space due to its specific geography — and reflect a variety of concerns, with the most prevalent being public space, housing, education, and sanitation. The projects reflected the involvement of multiple stakeholders—from local communities to the city government to private actors.
Winners Urban Age 2007

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Deutsche Bank's Josef Ackermann with the winners of the inaugural Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award in Mumbai 2007.

The award with its prize money of 100,000 was finally shared by two winning projects, Triratna Prerana Mandal, a community toilet that evolved into a comprehensive community center providing educational and entrepreneurial activities, and the Mumbai Waterfronts Center which reclaims the city’s waterfronts by constructing promenades and improving beaches, making them usable as open, public spaces for all.

Furthermore, the Urban Design Research Institute which works to preserve and improve the city’s historic downtown core as a quality urban space and cultural hub was acknowledged with a special mention.
Triratna Prerana Mandal team

 The team of the winning project Triratna Prerana Mandal.

Triratna Prerana Mandal (TPM): Founded in 1985, this non-profit community-based organisation oversees a broad range of activities with partners in local government. It was singled out for its innovative slum sanitation program, which increased the availability of public toilets for Mumbai residents. A partnership with the World Bank-funded Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, which constructed the new toilets, TPM used these toilets as key nodal points to create dynamic spaces offering computer classes, English language tuition, child-care services and women’s self-help and skills groups. TPM is also active in solid waste management and administers a program that teaches residents waste collection, classification and composting skills.
computer lab Triratna Prerana Mandal
The Triratna Prerana Mandal has grown from a simple community toilet to becoming a community centre which now also incorporates a computer lab.
cooking at Triratna Prerana Mandal

 Cooking the mid-day meal at the Triratna Prerana Mandal community centre.

Mumbai Waterfronts Center: Frustrated by the state of Mumbai’s waterfront, a group of local Bandra residents joined forces to improve and reclaim a 7km stretch of shoreline. The project created an open public space that is accessible to all sections of Mumbai’s crowded population. Significantly, the restoration project, which is maintained by residents, helped spur a larger citywide initiative at the Western waterfront. The Mumbai Waterfronts Center has since been involved in a similar project at the Dadar-Prabhadevi beach area, a 4km-long public area that includes two municipal gardens.

Mumbai Waterfront

 Mumbai's waterfront

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