Dharavi has been an interesting setting for many Mumbai based films. This article discusses a few films from the past decades that feature Dharavi as a place central to their narratives.
urbz is working on the design of a house for a joint family of 38 people, on a plot of 330 Sq.mts (3500 Sq.ft) in the dense urban settlement of Dharavi Koliwada, Mumbai.
Cities around the world are acknowledging that local expertise, knowledge and skills are an effective mechanism to generate ideas, plans and strategies that can be implemented by themselves or by civic authorities and planning agencies. Earlier this year, urbz was part of such an endeavour where we conducted Urban Typhoon workshops in Kochi, India.
Mapping of Young Professionals for future co-working spaces
urbz is leading a participatory process for a major transport infrastructure along the United Nations quarters, which connects local, regional and global issues linked to environment, growth and lifestyle.
Opportunity study for a major cultural center in the new central business district of Geneva. Sorry it is in French. It has nice illustrations though! :)
Local knowledge may be the best response to natural disaster and bureaucratic inefficiency (The Hindu 17.08.2019)
This is the first of a series of articles shedding light on the origin of the unplanned settlements in Caracas, which are home to more than half of the population. These stories have rarely been told. Multiple inhabitants were interviewed and shared their stories of struggles, talked about how they overcome hardships, and organize for improvement and self governance.
How a second generation tamil migrant made Mumbai his second home
Connecting humans to each other and the environment is the 21st century’s biggest challenge. (The Hindu 25.05.2019)
India’s most loved profession needs a reality check (The Hindu 27.04.2019)
We discuss whether the alternatives to the centralised food supply system in Mumbai lead to an ecologically and economically fair development.
What looks like a city of aesthetic or economic contrasts may actually be a marker of the relation between urban space and individual agency.
An Insight into Dharavi and the Dharavi Redevelopment Project (DRP)
Since many years, the inhabitants of the San German neighborhood (located in Usme, in the metropolitan area of Bogota) have been developing many different projects on public space improvement and infrastructure
Rapport du project de quartier Delta V - Versoix, Geneva, Switzerland (in French)
A Swiss city re-imagines public space and experiments with direct democracy in the process (The Hindu 16.03.2019)
Why Fort Kochi is a lesson that urban planners can integrate into a larger vision for India (The Hindu 02.03.2019)
Program of the Riponne-Tunnel Workshop/Forum taking place on March 8-9-10 in Lausanne (in French - sorry - but non-French speakers welcome to all events)
This essay looks at the theoretical and practical implications of a much used and abused notion in urban planning and development circles, that of ‘informal settlements’.
What the world’s largest city can teach us about local development (The Hindu 16.02.2019)
Continuing our study of the Mumbai Metro and its impact on homegrown settlements
A comparative study of both contexts
How we locked ourselves in a box (The Hindu 02.02.19)
Our exhibition Koliwada Charcha was in the news (Asian Age)
Our exhibition Koliwada Charcha was in the mid-day newspaper.
urbz team studied street food and public spaces in Mumbai
All habitats are made up of the sounds of water, as they flow in and out of people, kitchens, bathrooms and sewers (The Hindu 20.01.19)
Exploring the visual anatomy of Dharavi's fishing village
How the Mumbai Metro line 3 could affect Dharavi.
An international design-build competition to re-imagine street carts in India
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 urbz has been researching its effect on the people of Dharavi.
We are excited to be working on a new architectural project in Dharavi Koliwada. Our friend, collaborator, and contractor Joseph Koli, approached us to work on his latest project - the redevelopment of a chawl
urbz has been mandated by the State of Geneva to develop a concept and program that integrates living, working and culture for a 60,000 m2 mixed used development in the city’s new downtown.
Un projet participatif pour repenser l’avenir du périmètre Pré-du-Marché et Clos-de-Bulle.
Concertation pour faire émerger un nouveau concept d’EcoParc pour la zone industrielle de Meyrin.
Étude d’opportunité pour un équipement culture d'importance majeur à future place de l'Étoie (PAV).
Opportunity study for a major cultural center in the planned neighbourhood of PAV in Geneva.
Notre concept pour ce concours est basé sur la transformation de La Rade en une infrastructure pour l’expression citoyenne et l’appropriation publique, inspiré par les idées genevoises sur la liberté et la
Enquête de terrain pour améliorer l’expérience des usagers durant les travaux de construction en ville, avec COLAS SA et le laboratoire de sociologie urbaine (LaSUR), EPFL.
Field research on how to improve the
Stratégies pour la densification participatives et graduelle des zones villas à Genève.
Strategies for the incremental and participatory densification of residential suburbs in Geneva.