Join us for a talk by Rahul Srivastava on the topic “The Tool House”, 19 May, 2019 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at Museum of Goa, Pilerne Industrial Estate, Pilerne, Bardez, Goa.

The Talk:

The Tool-House

The Tool-House is a typology found in different parts of the world, from artisanal workshops in Mumbai settlements, to shop-houses in Singapore, from garage-offices in the Silicon Valley to home factories in Tokyo. It combines working and living conditions, plays around with time and space and is domestic and work-centred.

In contemporary urban life, it takes the idea of artisanship and craftsmanship into a realm that combines new technologies and economic needs, labour and energy systems to become a firm part of the future of uses, needs and objects. It allows us to see through the exaggerated claims of capitalism in the world of production and its relations to technology and labour.

The talk looks at the typology of the tool-house within the story of habitats, drawing primarily from learning in Dharavi, Mumbai but extending the argument into habitats as a whole.


Brief on the speaker:

Rahul Srivastava, studied anthropology at St. Xavier’s College (Mumbai), Jawaharlal Nehru University, (New Delhi) and Cambridge, (U.K.). He is the co-founder of urbz with Matias Echanove and Geeta Mehta, launched in Mumbai (2008). Today urbz, lead by Matias and Rahul, operates from Mumbai, Geneva and Goa with affiliated operations in Sao Paulo, Bogota and Seoul.

In Goa, urbz works with a team lead by Architects Arminio Ribiero and Donovan Gracias. It promotes participatory planning and urban design rooted in a philosophy of urbanism that gives primacy to incremental development and local resources.

The work of urbz has been exhibited at Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai), Museum of Modern Art, (New York), The Maxxi, (Rome), Springhouse (Amsterdam), HDA (Graz), Chicago Architecture Biennale, MAK, (Vienna), Centre for Contemporary Art, (Bordeaux), Istanbul Design Biennale (Istanbul) and Sao Paulo Cultural Centre, (Sao Paulo). Co-authored writings of Matias and Rahul have been published by the New York Times, Oxford University Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Strelka Press and The Hindu amongst others.

Free and open for all!