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
Handstorming is the alter-ego of its more cerebral version and geared towards a collective hands-on experience that makes and constructs in real time and space. It was the main mode of operation in our workshop with NYU AD students and produced some impressive and practical tools and objects.
Download the report of the Breaking Ground workshop (in French). Strategies for the gradual densification of residential neighbourhoods in Geneva. (52 MB).
What do spray painted cats on walls, masked motorbikes and a pop-up staircase have in common? The Khotachiwadi Imaginaries workshop.
Beyond the Bungalows of Khotachiwadi: call for participation at a workshop in an urban village at the heart of South Mumbai.
What do young Mumbaikars have to say about their family's rootedness to villages on the Konkan?
Announcing the Breaking Ground Workshop in Geneva involved some interesting comparisons with density levels in Mumbai. Learnings from one space were strong inputs in discussions at another
"My experience in Dharavi made obvious to me the essential gap between pre-conceived / pre-fabricated ideas of a place, and the actual, live, reality of it".
The Handstorm workshop brought together various actors from all around the world to build things that could improve the neighbourhood based on discussions with residents and with the help of local artisans
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.
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.
Future fitting is a high-tech, forward-looking, and design-orientated version of “retrofitting”, which can be applied in growing cities from Shenzhen to Mumbai. MoMA workshop notes.
A workshop in Murbad, a village in Maharashtra documents the lives in rural area to find out what the 'New India' can take from it.
Pedreiero Ataide opens up his house in Sao Paulo's homegrown neighbourhood, Paraisopolis to architecture students to learn the intricacies of on-site construction and renovation.
What began as a regular jostling and tugging of the idea in a brainstorm soon took off as an imaginative exercise that encouraged creative and personal readings of the concept and the making of its visual expressions.
English summary of the Breaking Ground workshop (Geneva, 09.2016)
People with various expertise engaged themselves for a pragmatic yet humane urbanism.
This seminar explores the shadow history of Tokyo's rise as the largest and the wealthiest agglomeration in the world.
Architecture academics makes it difficult for the student to understand the practicality of the profession. This hands-on approach was taken by urbz and the team so that the students could understand the depth of it.