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

Our latest project aims to reach the millions of residents of informal settlements in India to improve their lives and make their buildings more resilient.
By leveraging mobile technology to transfer construction information to unskilled masons and homeowners in low-income communities, we want to help them build safer and better designed homes. Our aim is to revolutionize the incremental construction system of low-income communities ...

PLANNING TOOL PILOTS

Below is the summary of our ongoing Pilot for our Planning Tool Service in partnership with SAATH in Ahmedabad.

Field Interactions
26
People reached
500
Locations
8
Pilots
5

WORKING WITH JPAL TO INVESTIGATE SKILL MASON TRAINING EFFECTIVENESS

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 ...

 

eKSHELTER

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 ...

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Join our team!

mHS CITY LAB is expanding its team for the development of digital tools to improve the quality of built housing in informal settlements. If you are passionate about tackling problems and conversations around poverty alleviation, write to us at info@mhscitylab.org telling us how you would like to support our mission to build inclusive cities! We […]

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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 […]

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Smart phones for smart construction

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 […]

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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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Our pilots are live!

Delhi might be seeing its hottest days yet but nothing stops our incredible team! Two of our pilot projects are live – at Sundernagri, Delhi in partnership with SEWA Delhi and Behrampur, Ahmadabad in partnership with Saath Charitable Trust where the community is availing the construction cost estimate service we have developed for small plots […]

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ekSHELTER goes to Oxford

We are delighted to share that mHS CITY LAB’s project ekSHELTER to provide low-cost night shelters to homeless families in Indian cities was one of the featured challenges at the Oxford Social Impact Case Competition 2016 organized by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and held at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. More […]

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Barsati

Barsati offers an informal space for discussions around the creation of socially inclusive cities, taking off from the collaborative project of Tambu talks (Jan-July 2016). Through a series of monthly talks organized by the mHS CITY LAB team, it provides a platform for upcoming and experimental initiatives that engage with the larger but lesser heard part of Indian cities that is composed of self-organized settlements and communities. 

#2 Performing Public Space @ Barsati

This month’s Barsati speaker is Niranjani Iyer who will talk on using performing arts to raise crucial questions on access to public spaces in Indian cities. Her 2012 public project Framing Spaces invited the audience to renew their way of looking at the space through a choreographed mode of observation. Conceptualized and directed by Niranjani since 2014, Gender-Ventions is a series of public performances that revolve around the notions of gender, identity and space through inclusive and discreet interventions. The talk will be interactive with the Gender-Ventions team, made up of dancers, actors and activists, sharing their experiences of using theatre as a medium to address social and cultural issues across various sites in Delhi, ranging from streets corners to malls.

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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.