mHS CITY LAB works towards improving the quality of informally built urban housing in developing countries
With the ongoing rapid urbanisation, informal settlements are offering affordable housing to millions today, including new migrants looking for livelihood opportunities in urban centers. Apart from the lack of basic services, these settlements suffer from poor quality construction which is often seismically unsafe.
Our vision is to help create socially inclusive cities by designing, testing and demonstrating a portfolio of viable solutions for safer housing for residents of informal settlements in developing countries. Our work in India helps residents to self-construct, and, thereby, to participate in the development of local neighbourhoods that will improve their safety, health and overall inclusion into cities.
We believe that inclusive cities are built on the foundations of DESIGN, COMMUNITY AND AFFORDABILITY
Team and Advisors
Awards & Recognition
We are partnering with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT for testing the effectiveness of mason training programmes
A.V. Baliga Trust
We collaborated with the NGO for the Design Home Solutions project to facilitate access to the community and organize workshops to help introduce the idea of sustainable design
We have been support by the Ford Foundation to document the link between housing and livelihoods, and the role of microfinance.
We have collaborated with Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure Planning & Engineering Center as task force member and resource partner on housing and urbanisation
We were awarded seed funding for Digital Tools project by Internet.org’s Innovation Award fund in 2015
Mahila Housing SEWA Trust (MHT)
We have collaborated with MHT as consultants on the study of resettlement communities in Delhi as well as the redevelopment of Sundernagri slum
Yale School of Management
mHS CITY LAB has been selected for the Yale Global Entrepreneurship program in 2010-11 and recently, in 2015-16 for guidance on the marketing and distribution strategies
We partnered with the MFI to bundle technical assistance with housing loans in the Design Home Solutions project at Mongolpuri, 2009-10
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Our pilot project Design Home Solutions in Mongolpuri was supported by Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
The World Bank
We have been able to provide support as consultants in the drafting and approval of the scheme to include technical assistance as an important pre-requisite for housing loans