A closer look at the workings of the village commons in Goa.
This post reflects on the methodological challenges faced in our ongoing research on Gendered Mobility and Climate Action.
This post addresses how the Comunidade continues to be relevant in Goa especially to achieve goals of environmental sustainability.
Continuing our series on examples of homegrown neighbourhoods and impulses from the United States- an inspiring story of the Tent city movement lead by activist Mel King.
The second blog in the series on Gendered Mobility and Climate Action discusses the methodology and approach we used to conduct the research.
An introduction to the effect of gendered travel behaviour on carbon emissions.
On how self-built structures in cities claim legitimacy bit by bit - A comparison between Mumbai and Philadelphia
On why we should consider Hospitality as a fundamental principle in urban planning and design
Marginality, Climate Crisis, and the Right to the City: The future of participatory urbanism in the US
In a global context, populations marginalized because of race, class, gender, creed, etc. are those most incessantly stripped of this right to design the city in their own image within formalized constraints. In this way, the “informal” urban process of self-construction is inherently a product of this same marginality that excludes these groups from “formalized” city-making.
An inquiry into how traditional institutional structures are stressed by the tourist industry.
This post provides a historical overview to further understand Goa’s complex rural-urban systems. The aim of this series is to develop a vision for its future that builds on a close reading of its past and engaging actively with its present.
urbz would like to invite everyone who is interested in learning about and taking action to address the current situation in Khotachiwadi. We will go over the previous studies and reports once more and speak about how we can take simple measures to reconsider the recommendations made in prior reports, as well as fresh recommendations from residents and experts.
A look into the collective intelligence of Khetwadi’s steel artisans.
This is the second part of the Goa- Beyond the Urban-Rural Binary which explores how Goa represents a distinctive pattern of urbanization, representing the coevolution of its countryside and urban centres.
Metal enclosures within Homegrown Developments of Dharavi
Understanding spatial optimization for commercial spaces in homegrown neighborhoods.
Vertical Accessibility within Homegrown Developments of Dharavi
The first of two posts looking at how Goa represents a distinctive pattern of urbanization, representing a coevolution of its countryside and urban centers.
A preliminary exploration of Ranwar village, Bandra, one more example of the diverse habitats and typologies that make up the metropolis.
Long dismissed as an urban mess, a weird by-product of Japan’s fantastic rise to economic prominence in the postwar period, Tokyo is gaining renewed attention as a model of urban development and management.
There is more to mess than meets the eye. What seems disorderly at first sight is often order in disguise.
This essay discusses urbz' "The Design Comes As We Build" project which recognizes local builders in homegrown settlements by providing them a space to showcase their design imagination. You can access it here.
The housing conditions in Dharavi have some striking similarities with the late 19th century working-class neighbourhoods in Berlin.
Exploring a neighbourhood with many surprises
UPDATED: A photo essay narrating the experience of making the model of Afzar Ali’s house in Sangam Gully Dharavi. A G+3 structure designed by Giriraj, a contractor from Dharavi
In the third part of this series, we explored the elaborate process that goes into embroidery (locally known as zari work).
In the second part of this series, we explore two leather workshops near the 90 feet road in Dharavi, to understand where and how all processes in the creation of leather products are carried out.
In a new series, we re-explore the homegrown streets of Dharavi in search of local arts and crafts. First in the series- Dharavi's famous Kumbharwada
urbz combines ethnographic participation with visual storytelling to accompany, facilitate, or initiate urban planning, heritage, and transformation projects.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 urbz has been researching its effect on the people of Dharavi.
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.
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.