Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft

1. Mumbai Waterfronts Centre
The Mumbai Waterfronts Centre emerged out of the initiatives of the determined residents of Bandra, a Mumbai neighbourhood, to reclaim their waterfront. [more]
2. Triratna Prerana Mandal
The Triratna Prerana Mandal started out sixteen years ago, just as a group of boys hanging out together in the slum areas of Milan Subway, in Mumbai’s Santa Cruz neighbourhood. [more]
3. Urban Design Research Institute
The Urban Design Research Institute was established as a trust to enrich the understanding of the urban environment and work towards its improvement. [more]
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Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award Mumbai

On 1 November, 2007, Dr. Josef Ackermann presented the first Deutsche Bank Urban Age Award. The $100,000 award was split between two projects that transform the lives of Mumbai’s citizens, the Triratna Prerana Mandal and the Mumbai Waterfronts Centre. Present at the occasion were the Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel, and the Governor of Maharashtra, S.M. Krishna.

The award presentation followed an open call for entries through which 74 submissions were received. The submissions were extremely diverse, from NGOs, government bodies, academics, architects and developers. The organisations worked on a range of issues including waste management, education, health, historic restoration, housing, transport etc. The jury wanted to recognise that there is no single ‘magic bullet’ for Mumbai’s problems. Cities as complex as Mumbai need a simultaneity of approaches to function successfully.

Therefore, the jury decided to award two entirely different projects, the Triratna Prerana Mandal and the Mumbai Waterfronts Centre, with a special commendation for the Urban Design Research Institute. The winning projects stood out in terms of being closest to the aims of the award i.e. they are transformative projects that can encourage citizens to form partnerships to improve the quality of the urban environment and the quality of life for local residents.

The award presentation ceremony was held at the historic and recently renovated Convocation Hall, University of Mumbai. The Governor of Maharashtra, S.M. Krishna, addressed the gathering speaking about Mumbai’s strengths, as well as the challenges it faces, and the need for NGOs, community organisations and ordinary residents to take part in addressing these challenges. He welcomed the award as a way of honouring these often ‘unsung heroes’.
Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and the Governor of Maharashtra, S.M. Krishna Present at the occasion were the Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Angela Merkel, and the Governor of Maharashtra, S.M. Krishna
Chancellor Angela Merkel, in her keynote address, highlighted the challenges of sustainable development and integration. She emphasised that matters often need to be addressed at the neighbourhood level, and that it is not advisable to view urban development in isolation from rural development. She congratulated Deutsche Bank and the London School of Economics on their initiative to create a network of urban leaders and thinkers.
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