Mumbai Return

Journeys beyond the city

In collaboration with urbz,an experimental urban collective based in Mumbai

July 1 - AUG 13, 2017

Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum in collaboration with urbz, an experimental urban collective based in Mumbai presents, Mumbai Return: Journeys beyond the city. For many Mumbaikars, home is here and there, stretched between two inescapable and complementary polarities. The exhibition depicts the circulatory journey of urban families between their neighbourhoods in Mumbai and their villages in the Konkan. It brings together traditional artistic renderings, architectural drawings of vernacular houses and settlements, portraits of families and model homes made by contemporary artisans, along with interactive digital installations and videos.

The mass exodus from rural India does not end in hyper-dense centres but loops back to villages, which are transforming as rapidly as cities. The railways help millions of city dwellers maintain active links with their ancestral regions and villages. These belong as much to the future as to the past.

'Mumbai Return' explores the relationship between the urban and the rural, the city and the country. It invites Mumbaikars to reflect on their connections with rural India.

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Urbz is a collective of urban researchers, anthropologists, architects, designers and activists specialized in local development, mobility, participatory planning and governance. We are based in Mumbai, Goa, Geneva, Bogota, Sao Paulo and Seoul. Our multidisciplinary team brings various skills to shape projects and places from these diverse backgrounds and perspectives.


Free Workshop | Tool House of the Future

Aug 13, 2017,       11 AM - 2 PM

The Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum and Urbz Mumbai team invites all architecture/design students to participate in this unique, free workshop! The workshop will focus on discussions and brainstorming sessions about the concept of the tool-house and collaboratively design tool-houses of the future. Inspired by the ongoing special exhibition 'Mumbai Return', in collaboration with urbz.

Students are requested to bring their own laptops, measuring scales and any other material they need.

Charges: Free. Museum entry ticket applicable.


Free Workshop | Mapping Circulatory Lives

Aug 6, 2017,       3 - 5:30 PM

Don't miss an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing special exhibition 'Mumbai Return' by Urbz Mumbai!

This session will be led by the Urbz team. Participants are requested to bring along photos of their homes, native places or their lives in Mumbai in physical or digital format.

Activity is free for all. Museum entry charges applicable.


Curatorial Walkthrough

Sunday, July 30, 2017,       11:30 AM

Join us for a tour of 'Mumbai Return' with Urbz along with the Museum's tour.
Free for all


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