What is M-ULL?

Malleswaram Urban Living Lab (M-ULL) is a neighbourhood living lab for Malleswaram, Bengaluru, that grew from a collaboration between Malleswaram Social and Sensing Local.  


What is a living lab?

  • An urban living lab is a platform where various stakeholders can come together to work towards solutions in an open, inclusive, and collaborative approach.

  • It is conceived to provide technical support for the community to tackle urban challenges at the scale of the ward as well as act as a social and cultural community anchor for the residents.


What is the purpose of MULL?

The main aim of M-ULL is to preserve the neighbourhood’s unique heritage and culture, while also dynamically accommodating current developmental needs. 


Who are we?

  • Malleswaram Social is a citizens group that came together to form social ties and work on bettering the civic amenities in the area.  

  • Sensing Local (www.sensinglocal.in) is a do-tank with a focus on improving the state of environment and public health in Indian Cities 

This collaboration synergizes our respective strengths and optimizes our combined resources for the greatest good of the community.


What spheres of activity will M-ULL be involved in?

The work at M-ULL aligns with the mandate of the ward committee, and therefore it will be involved in the following areas:

  • Water

  • Waste

  • Public space management

  • Mobility and transportation

  • Inclusion for urban poor

  • Disaster management

  • Heritage conservation


What are the core activities of M-ULL?

The core activities at MULL will be:

  • Data collection

  • Workshops for training and upskilling

  • Creation of information dissemination platforms

  • Organizing of cultural and recreation events to bring the community together

  • Strategic planning for the wards and project creation


What are the goals that M-ULL hopes to achieve?

  • Increase transparency of data and decision making in the governance and management of the ward

  • Increase multi-stakeholder participation to ensure effectiveness of solutions

  • Put in standard processes and proper prioritization of actions

  • Systematic and holistic planning and implementation; to optimize use of resources and selection of best solutions

  • Foster experimentation - Implementation of cutting edge innovative solutions for problem solving

  • Channel finance/investment in the ward


How can a citizen be involved in M-ULL?

Every citizen who has a desire to be involved in the betterment of their community can be a part of M-ULL. The success of a thriving neighbourhood depends on active involvement of the community in its development. M-ULL hopes to offer the following:

  • A working canvas for local actors to come together

  • A place where they can represent their individual needs

  • A platform where they can collaboratively work towards a shared future of Malleswaram