CO-FOUNDER

Jorge Mañes Rubio (SEETHISWAY)

Jorge Mañes Rubio is a sort of sociohistorical alchemist. When he travels, he absorbs what he sees and hears, and uses it as raw material to “reimagine what could be instead”. He graduated in Design Products from the Royal College of Art London in 2010, where he confirmed his tireless eager to travel beyond the usual scopes of design. In 2014 he obtained the prestigious TED fellowship and a year later the S&R Foundation Washington Award. His work explores the unseen. Forgotten places and stories inspire him to create artworks that reimagine and revive these sites as attention-worthy destinations, shining light on social, political or environmental issues from an alternative perspective. Rubio has been a guest lecturer at several international conferences, his work is regularly exhibited in galleries, museums and art centers worldwide, and he’s currently artist in residence at the European Space Agency. 


CO-FOUNDER

Amanda Pinatih (MADE PINATIH)

Amanda Pinatih is a young art historian and curator based in Amsterdam. Currently, she works as a freelancer for the Crafts Council Nederland. She develops her own projects in the cultural field and is also a guest lecturer at several institutes. As a design and art professional Amanda has curated and produced projects and exhibitions at the Grand Palais in Paris, the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Netherlands-Russia year in Moscow, for The New Institute in Rotterdam, Droog Design in Amsterdam and for the worldwide published high-end fashion magazine L'OFFICIEL. 


CREATIVE COORDINATOR

Kruti Saraiya

Kruti Saraiya is a graphic designer/ typographer based in Mumbai. The focus of her practice has been to allow for a contemporary Indian design narrative to emerge to fill the gap between mtv kitsch and traditional Indian crafts. As a typographer, she sees her role in infusing context into letters and bringing the written word alive. Her strengths lie in working with scripts of Indian languages to create an equal space for them alongside English in urban India. Her commercial and experimental work celebrates the Indian aesthetic in a fusion of east and west. 'The key', she says, 'is to change our mindset from an either-or to an AND.’ Besides this her portfolio includes branding, packaging, editorial and web design across verticals. She has been a speaker at the Indian Design Forum – IDF 2013. She currently has an independent practice and teaches in the Visual Communication Department at the Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI) and Ecole Intuit. 

ADVISORS

Matias Echanove/Rahul Srivastava (URBZ)

Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava run urbz offices in Goa, Geneva and Mumbai. They joined forces in 2006 and have organized workshops engaging local residents and urban practitioners in Tokyo, Mumbai, Delhi, Geneva, Istanbul, Brooklyn and Sao Paulo. They have done projects involving local artisans, communities and construction in dense, homegrown neighbourhoods such as Dharavi and Shivaji Nagar in Mumbai. Some of their work has been exhibited at MoMA (New York), MAK (Vienna), the Istanbul Design Biennial, the Chicago Architecture Biennial and a forthcoming one at Wayne State University Gallery, Detroit. They are presently involved in a study on circulatory urbanism exploring India’s uneven trajectories of  urbanization with the Forum for Mobile Lives, Paris. They have been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, Oxford University Press, Strelka Press, The New Village Press, Intellect, The Hindu, and several others. Matias has studied at LSE, Columbia and Tokyo Universities and Rahul has studied at J.N.U., Delhi and Cambridge University, UK.


TEAM

Shyam Kanle

Shyam Kanle works as a researcher and field operator with URBZ. He has run many businesses in Dharavi where he was born and raised. He has also been involved in conflict resolution and local politics for many years. He is a well respected and influential person in his community and is fluent in Marathi, Hindi and English.


Puneet Bareja

Designer, photographer and doodler based in Mumbai.