reimagining the future of slums



Utopia is opening a series of urban design studios to create a new paradigm for slums in this century.

Utopia is laying the groundwork to open an interconnected network of urban design firms across the globe to thoughtfully rethink our slums and their cities. And then produce and scale the solutions. We aim to emerge global patterns on the global slum issue.

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San Francisco

San Francisco Mothership

The Mothership was established in San Francisco, a city full of designers and technologists and dreamers. The Mothership provides strategic alignment and platform services to the global network of studios. 


Ulaanbaatar Studio

Ulaanbaatar Urban Design Studio

The first urban design studio has launched in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. 60% of the population lives in the informal ger districts of the city. The studio is launched in collaboration with founding partners on the ground. 


Kathmandu Studio

Kathmandu Urban Design Studio

The second urban design studio is launching in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Tapping into the local youth energy and budding innovation movement, the Kathmandu Studio is incubating social enterprise startups that generate Slums 2.0 solutions for slumdwellers. The studio is launched in collaboration with founding partners on the ground.