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Urban Colloquium

2nd meet

Yes! We had the 2nd meet of the Urban Design Collective on Saturday, 19th November, as scheduled.

We had a few new people who joined us this time… the meet was attended by Parvathy Kartha, Naveen, Prem Balasubramanian, Carola Winnie, Madhu Ratnavel, Shilesh,Mahesh Radhakrishnan and yours truly, Vidhya Mohankumar. Parvathy and Naveen actually drove down from Bangalore to attend this one.. I’m impressed and thank you so much!

We watched ‘The Third Man’, a film directed by Carol Reed and set in post world war II Vienna. 1949 release. See – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041959/

The post screening discussion was pretty good too. For those of you who missed it we discussed aspects like the image of the city, the skyline, its urban form in terms of building heights, massing, block typologies and the urban section, the street network, building interfaces with streets, architectural styles, building typologies, public spaces, pedestrian zones, street furniture, landmark elements, public art, underground urban infrastructure and transportation infrastructure. Quite a list I’d say!

Again, I’d like to thank everyone that made it for this one. For the next one, we hope to have the heritage walk scheduled… however, there is a good bit of work that needs to go into pulling that one off and it would be fantastic to have anyone volunteer for the field visits and documentation of the 400 odd listed buildings in the city. It will really help us put together the walk with all your valuable contributions!

About Vidhya Mohankumar

Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with over a decade of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States and a passion for creating livable cities. She is the founder of Urban Design Collective (UDC), a collaborative platform for architects, urban designers and planners to create livable cities through participatory planning. Vidhya also advocates sustainable development through training and capacity building programmes for various stakeholder groups and also within academia through her association with a number of universities as guest faculty. In other parallel albeit real universes, she is a wishful artist, an avid wanderer, a constant gardener and a newly enthused cook.


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