mHS CITY LAB is a think-tank and implementing organization with a human centered design approach. We design and pilot innovative scalable solutions to foster the development of resilient and inclusive cities

Design & Research

We believe in a human centered design approach, working with the community and local stakeholders

Policy Advocacy

We use on-ground results to influence policy and work with the civil societies & government.

Pilot & Scale

We follow lean experimentation methodology to test iterations in the field through constant user feedback

Digital Tools

mHS has launched a new, flagship project that uses mobile technology to transfer construction knowledge and information to unskilled masons in low income communities, to help them build safer and better designed homes ...


We wanted to see if design could help us in finding a solution to provide shelters for the urban homeless families living on hard pavements. After several prototypes and field interactions, we distributed over 100 of them in 2015 and after a positive feedback from the beneficiaries, we are now looking to scale the project ...


mHS is working with JPAL (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab) at MIT to investigate the impact of mason training on the built environment and understand if the current poor quality of informal housing is a demand or supply constraint problem. Working in partnership with SAATH we are determined to discover it ...



Panel Discussion at MoHUPA

mHS CITY LAB was a part of the panel discussion on affordable housing organised by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation on 24th June. The panel offered a great platform to share our work over the last 7 years along with our current project that leverages digital technology. We believe innovation is key towards […]


A Mobile App to the Rescue

Our co-founder Marco Ferrario talks about our latest theory of change and how a simple tool or an idea can change the world, one house at a time. Remember those little black gadgets called pagers that could be hooked onto belts? Or playing ‘Snake’ on the Nokia hand held mobile phones that weighed almost a kilo? In less than two […]


Digital Networks in Informal Settlements

This post is second in series of Social and Digital Media at the Sarai programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi made possible by a Social Media Research grant to our senior designer Swati Janu. The research is based on our ongoing project to provide design and technical knowledge to masons and homeowners […]

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Tambu offers a space for sharing experiences and experimental approaches that have been tested on ground, and need amplification. Through a series of discussions around informality in Indian cities, it aims to build public momentum towards the creation of socially inclusive and innovative cities. 


How can we create more socially and economically inclusive public spaces? Under the theme of Public Art, Sreejata and Mrityunjay talk about engaging with communities through their art practice.

Sreejata and Mrityunjay have been collaborating on various art projects in India and abroad as Revue. Through the medium of community-based art, design pedagogy and media-focused research, their work revolves around the city, politics of space and lived conditions, and involves collaboration with communities for the realization of the projects. Presently they are working on a year and half long project in the urban village of Khirkee exploring the idea of women in public space supported by Khoj International Artist Association, Delhi. Revue is simultaneously also engaging with homeless women at the shelter in Jama Masjid supported by ArtReach India, New Delhi.

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mHS CITY LAB provides quotes, opinions and statements on the subjects of microfinance, housing for the poor, safety by design (for homes and public infrastructure) as well as community approaches. Please contact Swati Janu for interviews.