Projects

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Make in Dharavi

This series of interviews portrays the economic life of Dharavi in Mumbai through the activities of its inhabitants.

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Delta V

Project de quartier participatif à Versoix, Genève.
Participation planning project in Geneva, Switzerland.

Proyecto Manila

Building a Community center by understanding social dynamics and participatory planning in a homegrown neighborhood in Bogota

Shinbisum

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

The 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. 

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.

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

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.

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

The Homegrown Cities Initiative: Update

After a handstorm workshop to make a variety of user-oriented objects and with a pilot house on its way, a report about the updates of the Homegrown Cities Initiative

Handstorm in Shivaji Nagar!

All you need to bring along are your hands, a desire to produce something useful and beautiful which you feel the residents would love to use and loads of enthusiasm.

Handstorm Workshop: Mumbai 2014

The Handstorm Workshop will draw on energies that flow from creative manual involvement, acknowledging that it is always wired to the brain, to form a collective of power that attracts attention from the rest of the city.

The Homegrown Cities Project

How local, community owned and managed housing co-operatives, can be a vital step towards improving the neighbourhoods, bringing good quality civic infrastructure and making the city genuinely ’slum-free’.

Circulating Urbanism

The Konkan connection to Mumbai is only part of a larger universe in which the city’s force of gravity pulls together many other such regions.

Konkan Diaries: Chiplun

Chiplun’s residents today speak of their connections with Mumbai against this history – which reveals a relationship that is really deep. Chiplun became a gateway for us not just into the Konkan region and its tryst with the railways – but a paradoxical gateway into Mumbai’s heart – back again.

Homegrown Affordable Housing

The so-called slums of the city are in many ways attempts at increasing affordable housing units through a different construction and financial system.

Locals protest Khotachiwadi demolition

The unique protest, titled ‘Requim for  Khotachiwadi’, was initiated by the village residents to protest against the breaking down of the 150-year-old structure, which had been sold to builders.

Khotachiwadi's Heritage To Be Saved!

Mr. Lodha and members of the Khotachiwadi Welfare and Heritage Trust delivered a letter to the municipal commissioner calling for a heritage law to be enacted.