Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava joined forces through their blog airoots/eirut in 2006. They are the co-directors of the Institute of Urbanology, with offices in Mumbai and Goa, India, and co-founders of the URBZ collective, which organizes collaborative design workshops around the world. Previous workshops took place in Tokyo, Istanbul, Mumbai, New Delhi, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. They have authored essays and commentaries published by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Hindu, The Times of India, Time Out Mumbai, Art India, and others. Their work has been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art in New York, MAK in Vienna, the Istanbul Design Biennial, and the Sao Paulo Cultural Center. Matias Echanove studied government and economics, and urban planning at Columbia University, and urban information systems at the University of Tokyo. Rahul Srivastava studied social and urban anthropology in Mumbai, Delhi, and Cambridge.