Make in Dharavi

The famously productive neighbourhood in the heart of Mumbai city is full of thousands of artisans, craftspersons and mechanics, working away on their tools and machines in workshops and factories that often do

Shinbisum

Generating new models for participatory development for Ulleung island in South Korea

Mashup workshops

The mashup workshops take many different forms and happen in all kinds of places. They take specific neighbourhoods as sources of inspiration and unleash a maximum of creativity onto them!

Homegrown cities

This experiment in affordable housing led to the co-designing and construction of a small house in Shivaji Nagar, in Govandi. A neighbourhood in Mumbai that is struggling against all odds to keep growing and im

Design comes as we build

urbz invited local builders from Dharavi to design the best possible house they could imagine. These designs were translated into physical models by artisans with a variety of skills. 

Homegrown Things

We produced everyday-life objects based on the specific needs of residents and the skills available in the Shivaji Nagar area in Mumbai.

Khotachiwadi

urbz has been involved with the heritage precinct of Khotachiwadi for nearly a decade. We have organized many events workshops there and produced a strategic plan for the area among other things.

Place, Work, Folk

Place, Work, Folk is a fortnightly column in The Hindu Sunday Magazine by Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava, which is inspired by Patrick Geddes and analyzes current urban issues in India and beyond.

Circulatory Lives

For the past 5 years, urbz has been following families who's lives is spread between Mumbai and their ancestral villages in the Konkan (Western India).

Bareilly Street

Studies, workshops, street exhibition and plans towards making a small square in Dharavi children friendly

Handstorm in Dharavi

Our annual Handstorm workshops in Dharavi with the "Engineers for Social Impact" from NYU Abu Dhabi generate incremental innovations that improve the quality of life in this massive settlement

Urban Typhoon

Urban Typhoon is a 5 days long workshop taking place working with local associations to generate programmes and plans for the improvement or preservation of neighbourhoods.

The road to the city

How renewed attention to urban-rural linkages may reshape the urbanisation debate. (The Hindu 5/11/2017)

Constructive Resistance

One small indomitable neighbourhood holds out against the planners (and changes the plan). (The Hindu 22.10.2017)

A Human City

Anyone who has commuted on trains during rush hour will know there’s something deeply tolerant about the Mumbaikar (The Hindu 07.10.2017)

Friendship Ambassadors :)

The work of urbz was honoured by the Swiss President, Doris Leuthard, through an award given to Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava

Exporting Indian Urbanism

Not all is worthy of the bin! Our latest column in The Hindu explores features of Indian urbanism that could inspire cities around the world. (The Hindu 24.09.2017)

CASA DO ATAIDE

Workshop da construção civil / Civil construction Workshop in Sao Paulo

Delta V

3-day workshop in Geneva on October 13, 14, 15 to produce a participatory neighbourhood plan.

Mining the forests

Nature holds something far more precious than wood, coal and minerals — something which industrial practices have been destroying in their crude quest for cheap bucks. (The Hindu, 10.09.17)

50 houses 1 Territory | 50 CASAS 1 TERRITÓRIO

A record book of 20 houses built by the mason Ataide Caetite in the Paraisopolis favela, which reflects on how the economic and cultural dynamics are reflected in home construction and design.

Tool-House of the Future!

The "Tool-house for the Future" workshop explores the possibilities of reimagining cities from the point of view of live-work arrangements.