Having worked on their obsessions in parallel worlds for several years, Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava joined forces through their blog airoots/eirut in 2006. They have since written extensively on urban themes and engaged in projects involving planning, pedagogy, technology and activism. They are the co-directors of the Institute of Urbanology, which has offices in Mumbai and Goa (India).
They are part of the urbz.net collective, which organized workshops in Tokyo, Istanbul, Mumbai and New Delhi. They have presented their work in forums and seminars such as TEDx, Urban Age, Just Metropolis, J-Store, and been invited by institutions such as Columbia University, the University of Tokyo, the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity.
They co-teach a seminar at the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and serve as academic advisers at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, Bangalore. They have co-written a number of academic essays and commentaries for various publishers, magazines and newspapers including Oxford University Press, New Village Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, The Times of India, Time Out Mumbai, Art India and Indian Architect and Builder.
Matias Echanove studied economics & government at the London School of Economics (LSE), urban planning at Columbia University in New York and urban information systems at the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, University of Tokyo. He has researched urban culture, participatory politics and information technology in Bogota, New York, Tokyo and Mumbai, and has organized workshops, studios, seminars and conferences in various cities. He is a founding partner of URBZ.