From Concept to Completion

University of Houston Associate Professor of Architecture William Truitt and former students Marsha Bowden and Brijal Parikh have conceived SEEPZ Mumbai, a research and design proposal to partially repurpose a declining manufacturing zone in India for residential and commercial uses.

"The motivation behind SEEPZ Mumbai springs from my academic and professional work. I was building a house for a client in Mumbai a couple of miles away from the factory he owned at SEEPZ. Having seen how these tax-free zones partition urban life, I began assigning large-scale urban projects to my students at UH and had them consider such problems of capital development in rapidly growing cities such as Mumbai," says Truitt.

View the gallery of images for renderings of the conceptual project. SEEPZ Mumbai received a 2011 Texas Society of Architects Studio Award. The unbuilt project will be published in the 2011 Nov/Dec issue of Texas Architect.

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