Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Completed shots of Swapnapurti Building. Image © Rajesh Vora

SANJAYNAGAR SLUM REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Community Design Agency

AREA
1431 M²

YEAR
2022

ELECTRICAL CONSULTANTS
Vidyutsallagar Pvt. Ltd.

PHOTOGRAPHS
Rajesh Vora

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Integrated Design

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN & PROJECT MANAGEMENT PARTNER
Community Design Agency

FUNDING PARTNER
Curry Stone Foundation

HOUSING FINANCE
Rang De

SOCIAL PARTNER
Snehalaya

PMAY SUPPORT
Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation

CONCEPT DESIGN
Hunnarshala Foundation

PLUMBING CONSULTANTS
Phoenix Consultants

LOCATION
Ahmednagar, India

CATEGORY
Residential Architecture, Social Housing

The Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project is an in-situ initiative in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, implemented by Community Design Agency (CDA), a Mumbai-based social design and architecture studio. .

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
A view of the Sanjaynagar neighbourhood. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Completed shots of Swapnapurti Building. Image © Rajesh Vora

CDA is working in partnership with Ahmednagar Municipal Corporation (AMC) and local non-profit Snehalaya on the project

A slum of 298 families confined to 2 acres, Sanjaynagar is a vibrant, diverse, and strong-knit community currently living in slum conditions without basic infrastructure and utility services.

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Completed shots of Swapnapurti Building. Image © Rajesh Vora
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Sample Flat in Swapnapurti Building. Image © Rajesh Vora

The project broke ground in November 2018, and the construction of the first building, comprising 33 homes, was completed in March 2022. Construction of the second phase of the project, comprising 265 homes, is expected to begin later this year.

The project is a public/private partnership that is partly funded by the Indian government through its Housing for All (PMAY- Urban) program. AMC and the US-based Curry Stone Foundation also contributed funds, along with the residents themselves. Additional funding for the project is being raised through philanthropic donations.

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Sample Flat in Swapnapurti Building. Image © Rajesh Vora
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Completed shots of Swapnapurti Building. Image © Rajesh Vora

Current thinking on low-income housing tends to prioritize the number of units, resulting in impersonal high-rise structures that degrade rather than support the communities they seek to serve.

CDA believes that addressing housing inequality is more than building individual units. It is about building communities; creating a balance of safe, healthy private and communal spaces that enhance inherent social bonds and enable human flourishing.

Through a highly replicable participatory planning and design process, the residents of Sanjaynagar have contributed to design decisions at all scales, from the neighborhood level to the customizations in their individual homes.

The 298 dwelling units are organized into 8 G+2 buildings. To enhance the social infrastructure of the slum, the buildings are organized around eight courtyards of varying sizes.

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Completed shots of Swapnapurti Building. Image © Rajesh Vora
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Sample Flat in Swapnapurti Building. Image © Rajesh Vora

When completed, Sanjaynagar will be a fully functional neighborhood with all essential amenities including water, drainage, roads, street lighting, childcare and community centers, courtyards for healthy recreation, and edible rooftop gardens. At the end of the project, it will no longer be a slum.

In addition to design, the project has also focused on the quality of construction, keeping in mind the local soil (black cotton) and weather conditions. The building has load-bearing, reinforced masonry walls, with a vernacular plank and joist slab system.

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Participatory design process underway with the residents. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Participatory design process underway with the residents. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency

Elements such as bamboo screens and pergolas have been added as shading devices throughout the building.

The wide corridors have been designed to have common spaces for social interactions, as well as for natural lighting and adequate ventilation throughout.

CDA is now working with the residents of the first completed building to develop a long-term plan for regular maintenance and upkeep.

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Technical team holding a meeting with members of the Slum Committee. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Lack of services in the neighbourhood. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Consensus building meetings with the residents of Sanjaynagar. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Existing common spaces in Sanjaynagar. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency

It is committed to handholding the community through this transition into formal housing and equipping them with the information and tools needed to operate effectively as a cooperative housing society.

The redevelopment of Sanjaynagar illustrates the transformational power of participatory design and the impact that the built environment has on health and well-being, as well as the social cohesion and resilience of communities on the margins.

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Outdoor spaces of existing homes in Sanjaynagar. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency


Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
3D Model of Sanjaynagar slum rehabilitation project. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
3D Model of Sanjaynagar slum rehabilitation project. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency


Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Rendering of Sanjaynagar site plan
Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Rendering of Sanjaynagar Unit Plan

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Rendering of ground floor plan for Swapnapurti

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Rendering of terrace plan for Swapnapurti

Sanjaynagar Slum Redevelopment Project==
Rendering of Swapnapurti Building's courtyard. Image Courtesy of Community Design Agency