Eight years ago, architects Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava set up their offices in Dharavi, a homegrown neighborhood in Mumbai. Instead of denigrating Dharavi as a “slum,” Echanove and Srivastava celebrate its vitality and adaptability. They point to the lessons that other cities can learn from Dharavi and demonstrate how “family and community networks can be the foundations” of an urban area.

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