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.
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.
Advisors and Associates
"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
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.
Publication in Environment and Urbanisation journal 'Affordable housing needs affordable transit' May 2018
Participation in 3rd ACP-EC-UN Habitat International Conference in November 2018.
December 2014 - Winner of International competition 'Reinventing Dharavi' organised by UDRI
18 Feb 2015 – Article in Guardian - The best idea to redevelop Dharavi slum? Scrap the plans and start again
13 Jan 2015 – Speakers at ‘Confluence’ at AOA on Participatory Planning Model for Redevelopment
March 2015 – Presentation on Community Land Trust model for Affordable housing at SPA Delhi
March 2015 – Presentation of Dharavi Community Land Trust at NIUA
December 2015 – Article in ‘The Paper’ – Shanghai – ‘Slum Upgrading New Modes’
March 2015 – Speaker at NCAER on Ecosystem Mapping of Informal fabrics
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
January 2016 - Winner of Competition hosted by MHADA on Redevelopment of BDD Chawls – Naigaon
May 2015 – Conducted a Community participative Workshop to discuss Redevelopment Aspiration matrix in collaboration with SNEHA at Colorbox
July 2015 – Presentation and Panel Discussion on Slum Redevelopment Deconstructed at Studio X
August 2015 – Exhibition of Installation titled Aspiration Matrix at Studio X
28 Jan 2015 – Article in DNA - Urban enthusiasts propose alternative methods to redevelop Dharavi
11. September 2015 – Invited by Maharashtra Times for a Round Table Conference with Addl MC on ‘Smart Cities’
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.
Research Institute, Mumbai
of Urban Affairs
Academy of Architecture
Land Research Institute
Mutual-Aid Society, Shanghai
School of Planning
Institute of Design
Environment & Architecture
18th International Conference
Slum Rehabilitation Authority
TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES