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Urban Colloquium

3rd meet

Hello all,
Here’s a summary of the 3rd meet of the Urban Design Collective!

The meet was attended by Kavitha SelvarajPrem BalasubramanianSakthivel Shiva,Ranga Rohini CMahesh RadhakrishnanTahaer Zoyab, Jeevanandam Jeeva, Nitesh Khatod, Tousif Iqbal and yours truly. I’m rather thrilled by the fact that every meet we have almost a new set of people that join us…I’m waiting now for that time when everyone will be there at the same time and what a full house that will be!

Anyway, this time we had a project presentation by Tahaer. Tahaer and his team at Triple O Studio had just submitted their entry for an ideas competition for the preservation and development of the Kiev Islands located in the Dnieper River in Kiev, Ukraine. For more details on the competition itself you can look up- http://competition-kievislands.com/node/1

Their proposal focussed on connectivity as the main theme extending over various layers such as physical, programmatic, historic, seasonal and temporal. The team spoke about the intensive research they had done about Kiev and the site context and how fascinated they were with the existing strengths and assets. This they said led to a conscious decision to keep the interventions small in scale to preserve the natural environment. However, despite keeping the interventions small, the number and variety of them across the islands lent much merit to the proposal.
Lastly, very special mention to the graphic style, content and visualizations on the presentation panels… if the number of compliments that came from the group is any standard to go by, this one was a runaway hit!

Tahaer would like to acknowledge and thank his core team which comprises Anupriya Subbian, A.G.Praveen, Jeevanandam Jeeva, Karthik ,Nitesh Khatod and Tousif Iqbal. He would also like to give special thanks to Sriram Adithya, Rajan Gero, Nikhil Clifford and his dad Zoyab Kadi.

The collective would in turn like to thank Tahaer and his team very much for sharing this wonderful presentation with us and we hope that the feedback you got was of some value to you for your future endeavours. We also hope you guys got enough sleep…(they were up all night and had submitted just that morning!) which also makes it a first day-first show presentation to the UDC!!! We’re that special, you see :)
And last but not the least, we all hope sincerely that your entry wins the prize!!! Fingers crossed!

Over and out.

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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