URBZ is an experimental research and action collective founded by Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava, with collaborators in Mumbai, Goa, Geneva, New York, Bogotá and São Paulo. Since 2008, URBZ has organised collaborative workshops, conducted field research, generated ideas and projects and produced web content about urban space and places. URBZ believes that residents are experts in their neighbourhoods and develops concepts, tools methodologies that allow architects, urbanists and policymakers to tap into that knowledge pool.
Echanove and Srivastava are also the co-directors of the Institute of Urbanology, which has offices in Mumbai and Goa, India. They have authored numerous essays and commentaries and their work has been exhibited from MoMA in New York to the MAXXI in Rome and the São Paulo Cultural Center.
Matias Echanove studied government and economics at the London School of Economics, urban planning at Columbia University, and urban information systems at the University of Tokyo. Rahul Srivastava studied social and urban anthropology in Mumbai, Delhi and Cambridge, UK.