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Urban Colloquium

First meet of the Urban Design Collective!

I’m very pleased to announce that we had the first meeting of the Urban Design Collective on Saturday, the 29th of October! It was attended by Nithya IyerRoshan Toshniwal, Tahaer Zoyab, Zoyab Alihussain, Madhu Ratnavel, Shilesh Hariharan, Vijay AnandMahesh Radhakrishnan and myself, Vidhya Mohankumar.

We began with the Pecha Kucha presentations through which everyone introduced themselves. Madhana and Tahaer will do their presentations in the next meet along with all those who could’nt make it this time owing to the rains.

Following this we had a round of discussion on the potentials of the collective and the various activities that we can engage in over subsequent meets. Some of the things planned up for subsequent meets are film screenings, heritage walks, imageability surveys, urban design crits & charettes… all very exciting!!!

Also, Nithya and Roshan have agreed to take charge of maintaining an informal newsletter for the group. They will both write and collate news/articles pertaining to urban design and planning.

The next meet is tentatively scheduled for 26th November. More details as we get closer to the date but please do mark your calendars!

And yes… the collective prevails :)

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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