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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 003 – 14th to 20th March


UDC Weekly roundup
‘The Complete Business Case for Converting Street Parking Into Bike Lanes’
Read more about this here complete with an annotated, chart-filled review of every major study conducted on the subject to date from around the world. Published in the CityFixer column at The Atlantic CityLab.


‘Tactical Urbanism: Short-Term Action, Long-Term Change’
Published by The Street Plans Collaborative
Improving the livability of our towns and cities commonly starts at the street, block, or building scale. While larger scale efforts do have their place, incremental, small scale improvement efforts are increasingly seen as a way to stage more substantial investments. This approach allows a host of local actors to test new concepts before making substantial political and financial commitments. Sometimes sanctioned, sometimes not, these actions are commonly referred to as “guerilla urbanism,” “pop-up urbanism,” “city repair,” or “D.I.Y. urbanism.” For the moment, we like “Tactical Urbanism,” which is an approach that features the following five characteristics:
• A deliberate, phased approach to instigating change;
• The offering of local solutions for local planning challenges;
• Short-term commitment and realistic expectations;
• Low-risks, with a possibly a high reward; and
• The development of social capital between citizens and the building of organizational capacity between public-private institutions, non-profits, and their constituents.
The Tactical urbanism project is an ongoing body of work that aims to document and share tactics from around the world.
Get your free copies by clicking on the names of each volume-
Tactical Urbanism Volume 1
Tactical Urbanism Volume 2


‘The Walkable City’
An oldie but a goldie.
How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car — which he calls “a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device” — by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people. He also says its relevant to talk about this as part of a global forum because of the existing practice of American ideas of city planning being emulated in other parts of the world.


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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