MEET US

Founders and Partners

Oormi Kapadia is an Architect and an Urban Designer and founding partner at PLURAL. She heads the Project and Policy Planning division and shares her expertise in ideas of sustainability at various scales. She is a LEED AP and a qualified TERI Griha trainer. She is currently involved in extensive research and analysis of planning institutions and mechanisms that govern six metropolises of the world. It includes defining and comparing important policy parameters that were paramount in city building. This research hopes to inform the future policy planning of Mumbai City. She is also involved in community design and place making projects with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. She was invited as a speaker at the UN Habitat conference in Brussels, Europe.

 

Oormi teaches as a visiting faculty in various Architectural colleges in Mumbai. She received her Masters degree in Urban Design from University of Texas at Austin.

OORMI KAPADIA

Jasmine Saluja is an Architect Urban Designer heading an urban research laboratory at PLURAL as its founding partner. PLURAL is a collaborative approach to urban research and planning bringing together multidisciplinary professionals and government bodies to lead them into projects addressing inclusive planning, equality in shared public spaces and affordable housing. Through PLURAL she advocates on making urban policies people centric and demonstrates it through real life public projects. She is a TEDx Salon speaker and was invited to share their award winning Community land trust development model for Dharavi slums at the UN Habitat conference in Brussels, Europe. 

 

Jasmine was also the founder and co-coordinator of the Mumbai Centre of IUDI (Institute of Urban Designers-India) and continues to teach as a visiting faculty for Masters program in Urban Design at KRVIA, Mumbai. She received her Masters degree in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India.

JASMINE SALUJA

Advisors and Associates

To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key.

"Are communities able to upscale activities themselves from previous external support? This is very important to understand when addressing the sustainability of support towards upscaling."
 


Jasmine Saluja, Founder Partner, Plural, India

PROFILE

Plural is a group of multidisciplinary professionals interested in generating critical and lateral collaborative approach towards the urban realm. It has initiated research projects on everyday urbanism, informal living spaces, and critiques of planning policies, mapping methods of the public realm, language and the city, and others. It has participated in international competitions and exhibited works in both India and abroad.
 

Plural is engaged in the field of

Master Planning and Design | Urban Research and Mapping | Participatory Planning Methods 

Sustainable Design | Landscape Design | Urban Conservation | Community Outreach | Public Art

 
 

PUBLICATION AND LECTURES

This is what we have been up to !

We are glad to receive opportunities to share our work at various forums and look forward to newer avenues to collaborate, investigate, articulate and generate meaningful debates in the urban context. All our work is focused on the moral grounds of keeping people in the center of the physical settings to innovate models of operation protecting their rights.

 

Affordable housing needs affordable
Affordable housing needs affordable

Publication in Environment and Urbanisation journal 'Affordable housing needs affordable transit' May 2018

3rd ACP-EC-UN Habitat Conference
3rd ACP-EC-UN Habitat Conference

Participation in 3rd ACP-EC-UN Habitat International Conference in November 2018.

Reinventing Dharavi
Reinventing Dharavi

December 2014 - Winner of International competition 'Reinventing Dharavi' organised by UDRI

The Guardian
The Guardian

18 Feb 2015 – Article in Guardian - The best idea to redevelop Dharavi slum? Scrap the plans and start again

Confluence
Confluence

13 Jan 2015 – Speakers at ‘Confluence’ at AOA on Participatory Planning Model for Redevelopment

Affordable housing
Affordable housing

March 2015 – Presentation on Community Land Trust model for Affordable housing at SPA Delhi

Speaker At Niua
Speaker At Niua

March 2015 – Presentation of Dharavi Community Land Trust at NIUA

'The Paper’ – Shanghai
'The Paper’ – Shanghai

December 2015 – Article in ‘The Paper’ – Shanghai – ‘Slum Upgrading New Modes’

Speaker at NCAER
Speaker at NCAER

March 2015 – Speaker at NCAER on Ecosystem Mapping of Informal fabrics

At the Praja's Symposium
At the Praja's Symposium

13. October 2015 – Presentation of PLURAL’s concept of Community Land Trust as a model to generate Affordable Housing Stock for the city of Mumbai at the Praja's Symposium on Inclusive and Affordable Housing in Mumbai Region

BDD Chawls – Naigaon
BDD Chawls – Naigaon

January 2016 - Winner of Competition hosted by MHADA on Redevelopment of BDD Chawls – Naigaon

At Colorbox
At Colorbox

May 2015 – Conducted a Community participative Workshop to discuss Redevelopment Aspiration matrix in collaboration with SNEHA at Colorbox

Slum Redevelopment Deconstructed
Slum Redevelopment Deconstructed

July 2015 – Presentation and Panel Discussion on Slum Redevelopment Deconstructed at Studio X

At Studio X
At Studio X

August 2015 – Exhibition of Installation titled Aspiration Matrix at Studio X

Article in DNA
Article in DNA

28 Jan 2015 – Article in DNA - Urban enthusiasts propose alternative methods to redevelop Dharavi

With Addl MC on ‘Smart Cities’
With Addl MC on ‘Smart Cities’

11. September 2015 – Invited by Maharashtra Times for a Round Table Conference with Addl MC on ‘Smart Cities’

 

NETWORK

Plural has collaborated with experts, professionals and institutions on various projects and has been fortunate to have them as an extended network of advisors and well wishers.

 

Urban Design

Research Institute, Mumbai

National Institute 

of Urban Affairs

Academy of Architecture

Land Research Institute

 Mumbai

Dinghai Qiao

Mutual-Aid Society, Shanghai

NCAER

KRVIA

School of Planning

And Architecture

Institute of Design

Environment & Architecture 

18th International Conference

Humane Habitat

SMCCA

SNEHA

Slum Rehabilitation Authority

Studio X

CCU

TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES