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
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 ...
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 ...
Nidhi Sohane, our community architect, recounts her first field experience as part of mHS team and her vision of better housing for all. I find myself maneuvering up a chasm of a two feet wide staircase, so steep that I clamber on its one foot high steps. They are too short and leave the heels of my […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org telling us how you would like to support our mission to build inclusive cities! We […]
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 […]
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.
While the development sector views technology as a gift to be bestowed upon ‘poor’ users, Roshan and the teams he has worked with have tried to make this transfer of technology equitable, involving users until the last mile in the design and implementation of solutions. As a passion project, he belongs to a collective of tech-makers who are helping rural women build an ecosystem for hardware and software tools that they create and sell within their communities. Digital literacy provides an opportunity for rural women to leapfrog from embroidery and agarbati-making as potential livelihoods, to being technology gatekeepers with social agency and free access to information.
The Gandhian idea of creating solutions that include the ‘weakest man’ may today be interpreted in many ways, some regressive. However, the suggestion it makes to technology is that it can be designed by and for the ‘last user’- the person society suggests would be least likely to be able to use it. Roshan will discuss this idea at the next Barsati talk, and ask how it might evolve in a time of so many digital Indias.Past talks