Lab Report: Impact of Urban Design on Inclusive Cities


1 October 2022


ElsaMarie D'Silva


After the Lab on “Impact of Urban Design on Inclusive Cities: Intersections and Crossroads”, GDL member and Host ElsaMarie D’Silva, together with her team at Red Dot Foundation, created a Lab Report summarising the outcomes of the Lab.

The four main recommendations are:

1. Green urban commons

  • Identify and map out unused areas in the city;
  • Work with government, private sector, non-profits and artists to develop them into green urban greens;
  • Market and brand these spaces so there is upkeep, maintenance and ownership by the local community.


2. Youth civic fellowship with city institutional bodies

  • Lack of proper quality civic education for youth to participate in the socio-political system;
  • Create a fellowship which has an education component, mentorship, internship and civic project for youth to ‘learn by doing’ and be active citizens;
  • Work with a government body to institute this fellowship, ideally with the municipal corporation.


3. Public owned, public spaces – An application to crowdsource information ward-wise which can be used by citizens

  • Crowdsource information on helplines, municipal corporations, budgets available and other civic resources ward-wise;
  • Make it available, accessible and known to all citizens;
  • Create an accountability mechanism as well as an interactive platform between citizens and their municipality.


4. Mumbai for all – All for Mumbai

  • Involve more youth in policy and politics through education, awareness and political participation;
  • Support community level interventions through public-private partnership.


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