Date of Submission

Spring 5-2-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture



Primary Advisor

Tim Frank


Developing countries face problems like pollution, unsafe construction, poverty and lack of clean stable energy. These areas are the most in need of sustainable and net positive design since they lack the resources to design long-term solution. An architecture that can make energy affordable through onsite rapidly renewable resources, help reduce on site pollution and provide stable housing would be a welcome intervention. As we approach the new century, buildings will aim to become an energy hub. Cities do not look at a building as an energy source. Currently Energy production centers sit on the outskirts of the city. But what if a local building could produce its own energy, share that energy, and energize the community around it. A self-sustaining architecture could improve the living conditions of its residents as well as contribute to the community around it. My thesis is in Dharavi, Mumbai. It is one of the largest and most productive slums in the world. The building will tackle Dharavi’s three major concerns energy, pollution and poverty. It will be a social housing project that will provide workshop spaces for residents to practice their skills and will have a built-in energy production system. The building will produce more energy than it uses and will find methods to share that energy and benefit to the surrounding neighbors through low-cost and cultural methods.