DCOOP / Mumbai
Quaid Doongerwala, ShilpaRanade, Sanjay Chikermane


Founded in 2003 by Quaid Doongerwala and Shilpa Ranade, DCOOP is a multiple award winning design studio working towards re-imagining a pertinent design thought/process/practice in contemporary India. The studio has to its credit several built and ongoing projects at various scales: products, interiors, architecture, landscape and urban design.

Graduating from CEPT, Ahmedabad with a thesis on the politics of urban form, Quaid worked with architects Geoffrey Bawa in Colombo and Rahul Mehrotra in Mumbai before starting his independent work where he also associated on projects with designer Andrea Anastasio. Quaid is especially interested in the visual culture of
the city, with a particular focus on street markets.

Shilpa is trained in architecture (CEPT, Ahmedabad) and cultural studies (M.A. Universit of Arizona, Tucson). In addition to her work in
DCOOP, she has been a research associate the Gender and Space project at PUKAR, and is writing a book based on the project with Shilpa Phadke and Sameera Khan.

Sanjay Chikermane holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay where he is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Structural Engineering. Sanjay has designed, developed and pioneered low-cost housing projects, Earthquake rehabilitation in Bhuj (Gujarat) and has worked on a large number of buildings/ architectural projects. He has also taught Architecture in IPSA College, Rajkot.


Smita Dalvi & Mustansir Dalvi / Mumbai


Smita Dalvi is Assistant Professor at Pillais' College of Architecture (University of Mumbai). She has degrees in Architecture and Construction Management (IIT-Delhi), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Indian Aesthetics from the Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai. In 2007, she travelled as a Fulbright Visiting Specialist to the United States where she lectured on and taught Islamic Art and Architecture in several universities.She is the founding Chairperson of the MES Research Forum.Her research is published in New Architecture and Urbanism: Development of Indian Traditions(Deependra Prashad,Ed.INTBAU 2008). She has written for Indian Architect & Builder, Architecture: Time, Space & People, and the Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects. Smita Dalvi has made several presentations on Architectural History and Urban Heritage in the Unites States, Italy and India.

Mustansir Dalvi is Professor of Architecture in Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Mumbai. He has post graduate qualifications in Architecture and Indian Aesthetics from the University of Mumbai. He has lectured, read and published several papers on architectural education and contemporary Indian architectural history. He has written for the monographs: 'Buildings that shaped Bombay: the Architecture of G. B. Mhatre', 'Quiet Conversations: the architecture of Kamu Iyer' and most recently for a volume on Mulk Raj Anand (Marg Publications). He is also published in Domus, the Journal of Italian Design, Marg, Art India, Architecture+Design, Indian Architect & Builder, Architecture: time, space & people and the Journal of the Indian Institute of Architects. He is particularly interested in the development of Bombay's architecture during its emergence as a vibrant metropolis.


Paul Devro / Mad Decent, USA


Paul Devro (Paul Devereux) is Vancouver, Canada based DJ/Promoter with a passion for the newest and latest urban sounds from around the globe. Since being picked up last year by tastemaker Diplo to be the face of the Mad Decent Blog and Official Mad Decent DJ, Paul has toured all over the world. For the release of his latest CD "Toma 3", Paul doubled it as a fundraiser to help the 2 brothers Foundation in providing educational opportunities in the ghetto of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Himanshu / Mumbai


Himanshu discontinued studies at the Sir J J School of Art (as his submission was not accepted because the art authority /professors - did not find the works "academic" enough). Howeverquite miraculously he managed to teach at that very institution for a year as a " Fellow " before quitting. Since then he's been roaming the streets of Mumbai, collecting and sharing ideas, putting them into practice through smaller plans with many people's participation. Apart from activities in public spaces he has also also shown in gallery spaces once in a while. He manages to survive...


Kamu Iyer




Subhash Mukerjee / Torino

Born 1974, Mussoorie (India).
Subhash Mukerjee, architect, studied in Torino, Oslo, Boston, Hong Kong, and partecipated to design workshops in France, Spain, Greece and Russia.
His projects, most of which are dealing with dense and delicate existing environments, have been published on international magazines (“Abitare”, “de Architect”, “Domus”, “Dwell”), selected for exhibitions (9. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia, 2004; Annali dell'Architettura e delle Città, Napoli 2007), presented in lectures (Konkuk University, Seoul; CCA, Moscow).
He has been holding the “Architectural design” course in Torino for the international exchange program USAC since 2001 and is also working for the Politecnico di Torino.
He wrote several articles and essays on architecture for Italian and international magazines and was a tutor of the group of students that won the Special Prize of the Jury at the 10. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura – La Biennale di Venezia (2006), with a project on the area of Back Bay in Mumbai.
In 2006 he founded a new design office, MARC, with Michele Bonino. MARC's projects have been published on “Abitare”, “A10 – New European Architecture”, “Casabella”, “Parametro”. In 2008 MARC has been invited to present its work at Tsinghua University, Beijing and at Universitatea de Vest, Timisoara (Romania).


Hudita Mustafa / Boston


Hudita Nura Mustafa took her degrees from Yale and Harvard Universities in political economy and anthropology. Her research interests concern urban informal economies, cultural production and popular creativities in the context of postcolonial and global processes. She has conducted both local and multi-sited ethnographic research in West Africa, Europe and Asia. Her publications and lectures range from African global cities, Senegalese informal economy and fashion, French colonial urbanism, to visual culture.
One project, Practicing Beauty, examines the paradox of crisis and creativity which generates Dakar’s popular economy and fashion. A second multi-national project, ‘Culture’ and the World City, examines the growing international importance of the “creative city” as a model of neoliberal planning, cultural institution/ industry building and transnational/ multicultural networking. Hudita has taught at Emory and Sarah Lawrence colleges and is currently McMillan-Stewart fellow at Harvard University.


Vidyadhar K. Phatak / Mumbai


Vidyadhar K. Phatak, after 37 years of experience in various sub-fields of urban planning and development in government agencies in Mumbai,retired from the service of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority as its Principal Chief, Town and Country Planning Division on February 29, 2004. His interests include - Urban and Shelter Sector Studies, City Development Strategy, Preparation and appraisal of projects for the Development Banks and Financing local governments and Structuring projects for Public-Private-Partnership.
He was associated with various sub-project specific EA studies of MUTP, “PM10 Reduction Strategy for Mumbai” and developing computer based project accounting system. During the last two years of this period he has also been on the Board of Directors of the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) as Director (Infrastructure and Commercial Development). In that capacity he has initiated a study of development of air rights on the suburban railway stations in Mumbai.


Yehuda Safran / Paris


Yehuda Emmanuel Safran studied at Saint Martin's School of Art, the Royal College of Art and University College, London. He taught at the Architectural Association, Goldsmith's College, Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London; as well as fine art and theory at the Janvan Eyck Academy, Maastricht, Holland. He has published essays on many aspects of the theory and practice of art, architecture and film - in Domus, Sight and Sound, Lotus, a+u, AA File, Springer etc. His book on Mies van der Rohe was published last year by Blau in Lisbon and Gustavo Gilli in Barcelona. He curated, inter alia, the British Arts Council touring exhibition 'The Architecture of Adolf Loos' and the 'Fredrick Kiesler' show at the Architecture Association. He was a trustee of the 9H Gallery and a founding member of the Architecture Foundation in London and was a member of the College International de Philosophie, Paris. Currently he lives and works in Paris and teaches architecture and theory at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in the City of New York, where he directs the AARieL, Art & Architecture Research Lab. He is also visting Professor in Mendrisio Academy of architecture in Switzerland and at the Nanjing Institute of Architecture in China.


Abhay Sardesai, Art India / Mumbai


Abhay Sardesai is the Editor of Art India – thepremier Indian art magazine focusing oncontemporary art. He is also a Visiting lecturerin Aesthetics at the Department of English,University of Mumbai and Chair of Humanities atthe Kamela Raheja Vidyaneedhi Institute ofArchitecture. Apart from writing on Art andLiterature in various journals, he has writtenfiction and poetry. Abhay Sardesai translatesfrom Marathi, Konkani and Gujarati into Englishand has been involved in several translation projects. He has been a lecturer of English at anundergraduate college in Mumbai from 1995 - 2008.

Aqdas M.G. Tatli completed his Masters in Management Studies from the Rizvi Institute of Management Studies & Research, University of Mumbai. Aqdas is currently ART /India/ magazine's Business Manager. He is interested in meeting new people from different walks of life.

Zehra Jumabhoy is Assistant Editor of ART /India/ magazine. Zehra was Editor of the Visual Art Section for the arts and culture magazine Time Out Mumbai for a couple of years. She has a Joint Masters in Literature and Philosophy from Warwick University, UK, and a Masters in Art History from The Courtauld Institute of Art, UK. Zehra enjoys writing about contemporary Indian art.


Supersudaca / Chile, Argentina, Mexico
Pablo Corvalan, Felix Madrazo, Manuel de Rivero, Elena Chevtchenko


Juan Pablo Corvalán (Geneva, 1973) lived in Canada, Paraguay, Chile and Switzerland. Graduated as an architect in the Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Genève (1996, Switzerland), did validation studies and diploma at the Universidad de Chile (2000, Chile) and Master degree in Berlage Institute (2002, The Netherlands). Founding member of Supersudaca, think “guerrilla” for urban action and research.

Felix Madrazo (Saltillo, 1972). Architect by La Salle University (1996), studies in Arizona University (1994) and at the Metropolis postgraduate program of the CCCB-UPC, Barcelona (2001). He obtained his Master of architecture at the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam (2001-2002). Founder and active member of Supersudaca, a collective space for research and projects related mainly to Latin-America.



Tata Institute of Social Sciences Media Lab / Mumbai
K.P. Jayasankar, Anjali Monteiro, Shilpa Phadke


The Centre for Media and Cultural Studies, (CMCS) is an independent centre of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, engaged in media teaching, production, research and dissemination. ?A unique
feature of the Centre is the close linkage between the technical and academic areas of its work. The work of the Centre straddles both
realms, thus facilitating a synergy between research, teaching and production, all of which are informed by a keen sense of connection with local subaltern cultures of resistance and invention.