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.

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

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).

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.

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.

Mess is more

Recent research in Dhaka show that accommodation and housing are related but distinct needs.

Hamburg: between the medieval and the global

The organisation of the G20 reflects its democratic deficit. Not only did the G20 summit turn parts of Hamburg into a virtual fortress, it also made hostages of thousands of peaceful protesters and residents.

Mumbai Return exhibition

urbz's exhibition at the Bhau Daji Lad City Museum allows those who make up the city's fabric to put themselves on the map

urbz Colombia

The inception of urbz Colombia and the flow of local movements in Bogota

More smart, less city

Reviewing Sondgo and its functioning residential and work places, thirteen years after the initial plans were drafted.

A Thousand Plateaus

A community struggling with water and identity finds hope in nature and culture.

Goa's Homegrown Commons

Privatisation, if seen as an exclusive way to regularise settlements, increases the risk of political manipulation and real-estate speculation.

‘Our lives are 50-50’

With one foot in the village and the other in the city, migrants have done more to urbanise India than any development scheme

Whatsapp Dharavi?

This is the first of our fortnightly column in The Hindu Sunday Magazine. This week we explore how the rapid absorption of smart technologies is transforming how business is done in Dharavi and all over India.