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 ...

Latest

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Home-ness: the sense of home in informal settlements in Delhi

Siska Ram is the junior community architect at mHS CITY LAB, having interned here last year. Here she shares her reflections on her incipient interactions and experiences from the field.   Informal settlements in Indian cities are expected to house over 104 million of the population over this year, making it a tenth of the country’s […]

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The relativity of resilience

Our founder Marco Ferrario writes on the complexity of resilience. On 24th August, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck the centre of Italy and almost destroyed the town of Amatrice, also heavily damaging other villages and towns in the area. With almost 300 killed, it left thousands more without a roof over their heads apart from […]

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Conference on Social Innovation, Milan

Our founder Marco Ferrario presented our ongoing projects and talked of the challenges of leading a social enterprise at the Il Salone della CSR e dell’innovazione sociale conference on Social Innovation held at Milan on 4th and 5th October 2016

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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 2016. Our Senior Designer Swati Janu presented our work over the last 7 years along with our latest project that leverages digital technology. It was a great platform to be able to […]

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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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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. 

#5 Creating communities through music

For its last talk for the year, Barsati invites Faith Gonsalves as its speaker who is the founder of Music Basti, a community music and media learning service. Set up in 2008, Music Basti connects at-risk children, youth and artists, with the aim to inspire growth and a sense of community through a creative and joyful music learning experience. Its community based music approach not only focuses on child-development and learning, but also provides the large urban populations of children and youth who are living on the fringes of our economic social and cultural life with a voice to express themselves.

At the fifth Barsati talk, Faith will talk about how her team of talented volunteers have been using music to build the confidence, creativity and leadership qualities of children from marginalised backgrounds, at risk or low income communities, residential care homes and schools in Delhi.

Past talks
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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.