Project
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. 

Photos taken at urbz' gallery in Dharavi, Mumbai by Dayanita Singh.

This exhibition puts the spotlight on construction workers in Dharavi, who have collectively been responsible for building the tens of thousands of homes that accommodate a population so large that it cannot be enumerated.

urbz invited local builders from Dharavi with a vast experience in construction to design the best possible house they could imagine. These designs were translated in physical models by artisans with expertise in carpentry, welding, pottery, glass cutting and acrylic.

In a context where houses are made without plans and drawings, the project aimed at making legible and
legitimizing the local construction practices that service millions of people in Mumbai and throughout the world.

Some of these models have travelled from Dharavi to Europe where they were exhibited at the Maxxi in
Rome and at Spring House in Amsterdam. A new series was then presented at the Bhau Daji Lad City Museum in Mumbai as part of urbz' "Mumbai Return" exhibition.