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User Generated Cities

URBZ believes that residents are experts in their neighbourhoods. Their everyday experience of the places where they live and work constitute an essential knowledge for planning and urban development.

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URBZ facilitates the production and exchange of information, knowledge, ideas and practices towards better cities for all.They organize participatory workshops, designs adaptable structures and develops web tools for urban communities and practitioners.

Understanding a locality from the point of view of those who inhabit it improves the chances of success of a project at several levels:

. It identifies local stakes and players
. It opens multiple communication channels
. It generates new ideas and solutions
. It provides a deep assessment of the ground-level situation
. It improves social impact and environmental sustainability
. It lifts up the image of the project and increases support


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Photo of Avi

Here's a nice TED talk by Rahul Srivastava and Matias Echanove from URBZ:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtRdmkNNQ0w

Photo of Masha

Thanks for the video link, Avi. That is in fact an interesting presentation. See an outline of it with images here: http://urbz.net/urbztedx/ - a fresh look at the phenomena of slums. The parallel drawn between Dharavi and Tokyo is particularly intriguing.

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Thanks for sharing this. Here is a link to one of their workshop in Khirkee, an urban village reinventing its identity in a fast growing urban neighbourhood Delhi in India. Being a part of this workshop we were able to collaborate and interact with community members changing the vibrancy of their neighbourhood
http://urbz.net/urban-typhoon-khirkee-street-presentations/