Shiite Muslims, world over, is the second largest sect of Muslims which have different traditions than Sunni Muslims and so do their housing needs. In democratic country like India, Muslims are usually found settled in homogeneous groups, largely viewed as religious ghettos. This paper highlights the issues behind the formation of these ghettos where such settlements come up not due to the economic disparity, as a usual case, but it’s often the result of lack in provision for cultural or institutional needs. Through the case example of Lucknow city- a place of majority of Shiite habitation, this paper will discuss the needs of Shiite Muslims into the neighbourhood planning, so that they are no more being marginalised into the city planning/ urban design.
This paper focuses on the traditional Indian Shiite housing in the light of policy parameters of the Islamic housing, cultural parameters of the sect, and the transformation over time due to urbanisation. For analysing the sect’s urban habitation, this paper discusses about community’s requirements acting as determinant for shaping their neighbourhoods and dwelling units, making their housing different from any other social housing.
Based on the studies & observations, an attempt is made to reduce the gap between the information and the practice of neighbourhood design. It contributes towards the social sustainability by securing concept of ‘housing for all’ incorporating the community needs, and also secures from undue pressure on ecological resources by channelizing the required housing type