Dattawadi, Pune (1996 – 1998): Moving Mountains

Our first housing project was initiated at Dattawadi in Pune. During the first rains of the monsoon in 1996, with the sudden demolition of an informal settlement known as Rajendra Nagar by the city administration. We worked with the community to ensure that the 56 families were resettled into formal housing within a kilometer of the existing slum at Dattawadi with financial support from The Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO), a public sector undertaking under India’s Ministry of Housing and Urban affairs.
This was a unique experiment in Pune city where the beneficiary families assisted with the design, monitoring and construction of their own homes. Well-designed homes, customized sanitation facilities resulted in a healthier, hygienic lifestyle. The confidence they gained during their active involvement in the project led to a desire and concentrated efforts towards upgrading their lifestyle resulting in better education and employment options for the members.

Shelter Associates

SA was founded by architects in 1994 with a passion to ensure equitable access to essential services for the urban poor. SA follows a data-driven, multistakeholder approach to designing and implementing community-centric solutions around sanitation and social housing issues. Know More

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