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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 001 – 28th February to 6th March

UDC Weekly roundup
So much to read, see and hear yet so little time.
Starting today, UDC will provide a weekly round-up of great content online!
Our weekly roundup will comprise of 3 sections-

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK– Catch up on the latest and most interesting development in urban design from around the world

ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK– An open-source publication that makes a great read, reference or addition to your digital library

VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK– A must-see video or must-hear podcast

Look out for a blog post every Friday morning at 9am GMT+5:30.


‘Urban Mind’ App Will Examine How Cities Encourage Our Addictions
How is your desire and decision to check Facebook, smoke a cigarette or have a drink connected to place? Will a place that is busy and windy encourage addictive behaviors in a way that a place that’s comfortable and sunny might not? (Or vice versa?) For its new “Ecologies of Addiction” project, New York City’s Van Alen Institute is examining how vulnerability to addiction is related to environment.
Read more about this here from the Science of Cities column at nextcity.org


Trees in the Townscape – A Guide for Decision Makers
Published by Tree and Design Action Group, UK
The Trees and Design Action Group (TDAG) is an open collaborative facilitating cross-sector and cross-disciplinary dialogue and projects promoting the role of the urban forest throughout the United Kingdom. TDAG shares the collective vision that the location of trees, and all the benefits they bring, can be secured for future generations by influencing the planning, design, construction and management of our urban infrastructure and spaces. Established in 2007 as a not-for-profit and apolitical collaborative forum, TDAG incorporated as a charitable trust in 2013. Its membership, online publications and information are free. This approach enables TDAG to assimilate ideas and knowledge independently of organisational hierarchy, profit or commercial interests.
Among other things, the publication lists 12 principles for everyone involved in making or influencing decisions that shape the spaces and places in which we live. It will be particularly relevant to local elected members, policy makers and community groups together with large land estate owners, such as registered social landlords. It will also be useful to those professionals who bring their technical expertise to facilitate delivery, such as engineers, architects, landscape architects or urban designers.
Get your free copy here.


‘St.Pauli Pees Back’
Here’s a video with a unique solution to curb public urination as implemented at the St.Pauli Nightlife quarter of Hamburg, Germany.
Watch out mate! It’s peeback time.

Happy weekend!


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 non-profit organization that works as a collaborative platform to create better 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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