About

urbz is an experimental action and research collective specialized in participatory planning and design. We work with citizens, associations, local governments and private clients. We have teams in Mumbai, Bogotá, São Paulo, Geneva and Seoul.

urbz was founded in 2008 by Matias Echanove, Rahul Srivastava and Geeta Mehta in Mumbai and now has offices in Goa, Geneva, Sao Paolo and Bogota.

We believe that residents are experts of their neighborhoods.Their everyday experiences constitute an essential knowledge for architecture, planning, urban development and policy-making. We are committed to information sharing and public participation. Bringing together local and global knowledge, we produce innovative models in architecture, planning and policy making.

Our diverse team of architects, designers, urban planners, anthropologists, economists and policy makers bring various skills to shape a project from many different perspectives. We engage and work in cities through a user-generated approach using the existing condition as a starting point for future development. We do this through a combination of research, workshops with various actors, live projects and exhibitions.

urbz has been invited to exhibit its work at the Design Biennal, Istanbul (2008),  MoMA in New York (2013 & 2014), MAK in Vienna (2015), Chicago Architecture Biennale(2015), CAPC in Bordeaux (2016), HDA in Graz (2016) and the MAXXI in Rome (2016), The Art Center at the International School of Geneva (2016) and Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai (2017).

urbz Geneva
24, Route des Acacias
1227 Genève 

Phone: +41 22 347 8787

urbz Mumbai
Room 50/AB, T-Junction
Koliwada, Dharavi
Mumbai 400 017

Phone: +91 77 3846 7192

Getting there.

urbz Goa
127, Quirnin Vaddo
Quitila, Aldona, Bardez
Goa 403508

Phone: +91 2320 9788

urbz São Paulo
Rua bela cintra.
261_12.
Cep. 01415_001
São Paulo SP Brasil

urbz Bogotá
arrera 7 # 62 - 43
Bogotá, Colombia

Phone: +57 31 6535 7723

urbz Geneva
24, Route des Acacias
1227 Genève 

Phone: +41 22 347 8787

urbz Mumbai
Room 50/AB, T-Junction
Koliwada, Dharavi
Mumbai 400 017

Phone: +91 77 3846 7192

Getting there.

urbz Goa
127, Quirnin Vaddo
Quitila, Aldona, Bardez
Goa 403508

Phone: +91 2320 9788

urbz São Paulo
Rua bela cintra.
261_12.
Cep. 01415_001
São Paulo SP Brasil

urbz Bogotá
arrera 7 # 62 - 43
Bogotá, Colombia

Phone: +57 31 6535 7723