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Emerald Village

Mumbai Urban Housing Development


Consulted with Godrej to create a proposal for a 77 acre, 10M+ sq. feet mixed-used community in Mumbai, India. This is class work at ARCH 202 Mumbai Studio Spring 2020 at UC Berkeley. (Joint Studio Collaboration with Master in Real Estate Development + Design Program and Master of Architecture Program)


Mark Anderson, Harsh Jain, Eric Harrison, Chris Sensenig, Greg Morrow,

Godrej Development Team


Courtney Bell, Jordan Rueter, 

Jingran Chu, Eva Wei

Tools/My Role

Urban design, 3D Modelling, Rendering, Diagraming


Jan 23 - May 17, 2020

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Development of new housing and urban design paradigms within complex existing landscapes and rapidly transforming natural, political and social environments constitutes one of the great priorities for architects and developers throughout the world. Mumbai, India presents a fascinating case study in rapid urbanization broadly challenging the world’s environmental, social and technological assumptions. 


In this studio, we worked as small teams of 3 designers and 2 developers to analyze and propose comprehensive development proposals for a real site in central Mumbai. The team produced a well-integrated proposal coordinating three essential components—an overall urban masterplan design for a new extension of a recently built new development neighborhood; a specific individual building design prototype located within the masterplan; and detailed financial studies and development proposal documents realistically projecting the project costs and investment potentials. The team worked cohesively and produced a single, well-unified development proposal, called Emerald Village.

Presentation Video

Context & Approach

Our site is located in Vikhroli, a suburb of Mumbai on India’s West coast.  Mumbai’s expansion has been sporadic and is characterized by uneven growth where clusters have emerged along transit lines and act as stand-alone urban and economic centers. 


Our site, provides a unique location. It is located on the Eastern Express Highway while also being adjacent to a large area of Mangrove trees. Because the area is extremely hot, extremely wet and extremely humid. In addition, Mumbai is one of the world’s most densely populated areas and experiences severe heat island effect. Being close to the mangroves and having access to green open space is a significant amenity and key differentiator. In planning our development we not only accounted for the climate now but we have also considered the climate in the future.



Our vision for this site is to create a high-end mixed use development with a bustling business district, innovative education hub, and amenities that serve families, professionals, students and visitors alike.

Master Plan


The site’s program is built on three major themes. A business district, an education center, and a residential community.

AmenitieThe amenities on site extend throughout the entire master plan. 


Key Design Elements


We will preserve as many of the existing trees as we can. Our design manipulates the blocks while maintaining porosity from the city to mangroves.

A central greenway runs through the entire site and connects the business district, civic centers and residential areas. We dedicate a large amount of acreage to green open space.


Due to the size of the green space we have thoughtfully programmed it into a network of different uses each with a different design and form.

A large open park is located at the center of the site which will be the main area for recreation, escape and entertainment for people living in or visiting the site.


The site will feature a series of terraced structures adjacent to the mangroves. They will serve to protect the site from sea level rise, flood events and will act as a natural amphitheater open to the public.

Small rooftop gardens located atop podium structures will create connections from the built environment to the greenway at different levels.


Based on our open space network, we created a pedestrian circulation with accessibility to the various green space connected on the central green way.


Pedestrians are able to walk through the central greenway into the courtyards of our buildings to meet up with friends in a cool area protected from the sun.


To make this site function, we kept small alleys between the blocks for underground parking entrances and access to building’s service and utility areas. 

We also create vehicle circulation to cross the greenway and connect to the existing street pattern. To reduce traffic, we added an access road that connects to the Eastern Highway. 

Implementation Plan

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Office Building Design


The office and education building is built in Phase 3. This phase is representative of our master plan concept because it includes office, education, retail and residential. 


Design concept: interlocking uses to promote frequent communication, resource sharing, and to foster innovation.

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