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

rclCloud™

Since 2009 mHS CITY LAB has been focussing to improving the quality and safety of non-engineered informal housing in Indian cities through a series of innovative projects. The rclCloud is the latest such project.

rclCloud™, developed and incubate by mHS, is a project management solution specifically designed to help lending institutions, contractors, training programs, post-disaster agencies and other stakeholders working to improve construction quality and access to housing loans in India's informal settlements.

mHS's vision is to bridge the knowledge and information gap by offering on-demand access to accurate engineering data, creative building manual and instruction documents, skilled labor training information, and financial planning tools. It does this by leveraging the power of the Cloud.

(The link to the rclCloud™  website and API Document will be soon published here)

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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Investigating Urban Housing Context in Ahmedabad

mHS CITY LAB in partnership with SAATH Charitable Trust, and supported by Abdul Jamil Lateef Poverty Action Lab (JPAL), Massachusetts Institute of Technology is investigating the Urban Housing Context in the city of Ahmedabad.

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Marco Ferrario at TEDxChennai 2018

Our Founder Marco Ferrario talk about our digital project to empower low-income communities to plan and build better. “We want to democratize the access to construction technical assistance” is a sentence that well resume our mission! Watch his presentation at TEDx Chennai 2018.

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Digital Tools for Low-Income Housing in Indian Cities

In case you have been wondering what we do exactly, here is a research paper by our team on our ongoing work in digital technology in informal settlements – published in the reputed Facts Reports Journal ‘Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in the City’ by the Veolia Institute and The Future Society at Harvard Kennedy School  

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Agony and Ecstasy of Housing

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 […]

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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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Rakhi Mehra at TEDx Bocconi 2018

Rakhi Mehra, founder of mHS, talks about Cities, housing and her life as a social entrepreneur. How innovative solutions can solve complex urban challenges and contributing to the creation of inclusive Cities? Watch her talk at TEDx Bocconi 2018!

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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. 

#9 Whose right to the city?

Barsati is back after a break and this month’s speaker is Douglas Wyatt, an American attorney who has been working on issues related to the Right to Housing, Evictions and Slum/JJ Basti redevelopment and relocation with the Human Rights Law Network (HRLN). With the recent forced eviction of Kathputli colony and the latest Smart Cities projects such as in Kidwai Nagar, next to the AIIMS flyover, which have ended up displacing thousands of urban poor to build housing for the more affluent, Doug will delve into the state apparatus which disfavors the marginalized communities in our cities. At the same time, it is those very laws that can be used to protect them and assert their right to the city through their right to housing, livelihood, education and mobility. With the ongoing urbanization of Indian cities faced with limited resources and lack of affordable housing, the talks aims to break down how our laws could and should help create more inclusive cities.

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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.