The Illusive Inclusive City

2011 / School of Planning and Architecture

guided by
Anisha Shekhar Mukherji

In the winter of 2011 I mapped the flower markets of Delhi as part of an initiative to save them from displacement to the outskirts of the city. My involvement with the Genda Phool Project made me think seriously about the lives of the “other” Delhi, and the drastic effect of impersonal top-down decisions by planners and architects.

I continued research on the aftermath of this policy change via my dissertation, The Elusive Inclusive City, which attempted to understand the role of temporary informal markets in the modern Indian city, and also relate the design of spaces with their image in the city.

Before they were shifted out to the International Flower Trade Centre, Ghazipur, Delhi was
host to three major flower markets or phool mandis at Connaught Place, Fatehpuri (near the Masjid) and Mehrauli. The photographs here show the the old phool mandi in Connaught Place, and the new one in Ghazipur after the shift.

You can find my dissertation online here.