Dabbawalas of Mumbai

This film follows the dabbawalas through a single day in January 2015. The dabbawalas famously collect homemade lunch from kitchens across Mumbai, and then sort, transport, sort, and deliver them to working men and women throughout the city. They do this without a site register, but with an innovative notation system which marks the source and delivery train stations and buildings.

Vineet Diwadkar

Fondazione Maxxi Food dal Cucchiaio al Mondo 2015
Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2017

Food Dal Cucchiaio al Mondo
Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome Italy, 2015

The film was exhibited as part of ‘Dabbawalas of Mumbai’ exhibit with RMA Research and Rajesh Vora at the MAXXI Foundation in Rome for the “Food dal cucchaio del mondo” exhibition on the architectural issues surrounding food, curated by Pippo Ciorra with Giulia Ferracci, Alessio Rosati and Alessandra Spagnoli and also as part of “Five Technology Commons” exhibition at the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, curated Youngseok Lee and Jeffrey S. Anderson.

“Over 50 works by different artists and architects, in a presentation that ranges from the dimension of the human body to that of the planet, from the kitchen to the home, from the city to the region and the world, tackle the global political, social, urban and economic effects that the production, distribution, consumption and disposal of food have on communities and territories.”

Five Technology Commons
Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Seoul Korea, 2017

“Moving is much more than an instrumental process of reaching a certain destination, potentially the most socially interactive of the commons. Hence, the walking city is the healthy city. It is an energy-intensive activity, accounting for a large percentage of overall carbon emissions. Electromobility, sharing schemes for unipersonal or logistic vehicles, devices with cognitive and learning capacities are now spreading worldwide, anticipating decentralized urban transport infrastructures with a minimal carbon footprint, new forms of social and spatial organizations, and new kinds of productive functions within the city.”