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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 002 – 7th to 13th March


UDC Weekly roundup
Why Some Parklets Work Better Than Others
The concept of the Parklet—the conversion of a couple of curbside parking spots or other underused public space into a tiny park, complete with greenery and seating- has been around for 10 years now. A detailed new report out of Philadelphia takes a closer look at why some parklets work better than others. Read more about this here from the CityLab (formerly The Atlantic Cities Website).


‘Design for Reuse Primer’
Published by Public Architecture
Established in 2002, Public Architecture identifies and solves practical problems of human interaction in the built environment and acts as a catalyst for public discourse through education, advocacy, and the design of public spaces and amenities.
In order to produce this publication, Public Architecture led a two-year research project, funded by the US Green Building Council, which sought to identify, analyze, and alleviate barriers to material reuse. The 15 projects profiled in this publication show that material reuse represents one of the most creative, exciting and effective approaches to building green.
Get your free copy here.


‘Pedestrians First’
from Knight Foundation
Hear Gil Penalosa talking about why it’s important to design cities for pedestrians as top priority. It’s the only right way to do it.
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.

Pedestrians First from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.


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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