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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 006 – 4th to 10th April


UDC Weekly roundup
‘Better Streets: Whatchu whatchu whatchu want?’
Authored by Scott Doyon, Principal & Storyteller at Placemakers.com
Brilliant piece that urges us to revisit the very construct of a street as either a ‘place’ or a ‘link’ and how these constructs determine the design objectives and experience of that street. Also accompanied by some great infographics. Read all about it here. Published by placemakers.com.


‘Sustainable Everyday- Scenarios of Urban life’
Authored by Ezio Manzini and Francois Jegou
What might everyday life be like in a sustainable society? How do you take care of yourself and other people? How do you work, study, move around? How do you cultivate a network of personal and social relationships and create an undistorted relationship with the environment? What do the sustainable societies we are able to imagine today have in common? How wide a range of options do we have open to us on the basis of these common elements? This book offers ways to get to the future we ought to aspire for through a package of solutions and scenarios.


‘Aagaman (Arrival)’
Directed by Mani Kaul (19 min)

Released in 1979, this short film captures the arrival of vegetables and live stock as well as human labour into a city from rural areas and by doing so explores the product-commodity-exchange value relationship. The crux of the film is the realization that by being caught in a cycle of consumption and exploitation in the city, the labourer is reduced to a mere commodity thereby offering another perspective to urban migration.

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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