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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 007 – 11th to 17th April


UDC Weekly roundup
‘Designing Urban Landscapes: A Matter of Good Storytelling and Editing’
Authored by Grace Lo
A nice read on the importance of going that extra mile to incorporating history to create a sense of place. The author also make a point that referencing history in landscape details goes hand in hand with function and form in telling a good design story.
This is one in a series of Metropolis blog posts written by members of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects’ Green Team, which focuses on research as the groundswell of effective landscape design and implementation.
Read the full article here. Published by Metropolis.


‘Public and Collaborative- Exploring the intersection of Design, Social Innovation and Public Policy’
A DESIS Network Publication; Edited by Ezio Manzini and Eduardo Staszowski
DESIS is an international network of design schools and organizations focused on design for social innovation and sustainability, in which research labs based in different cities are developing parallel projects at the intersection of public services, social innovation and design. This book organizes the efforts of DESIS under four key topics:

  • Designing new relationships between people and the state
  • Design schools as agents of change
  • Experimental places for social and public innovation
  • Collaborative design methods and tools

    ‘The Publicly Managed City’
    Published by FAAAThis is a video of a recent talk by Ashwin Mahesh organized by the FAAA, the alumni association of Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad, as part of the FAAA Lecture Series 2015.
    Ashwin Mahesh is a social technologist and public policy researcher who studies the way cities are growing in India. He studied to be an astronomer and an Antarctic climate scientist, and worked at NASA’s Goddard Earth Science and Technology Centre. Since returning to Bangalore in 2005, he has focused on urban development. His past research appointments include positions at IIM-Bangalore, IISc, and IIIT-Bangalore. Recently, he established the Centre for Public Problem Solving, an applied research organisation to tackle public problems. Dr Mahesh is an Ashoka Fellow for social entrepreneurship. He also won the Ma Foi award for journalism, and the Volvo award for Sustainable Mobility. In 2012, Wired magazine listed him among the 50 people whose ideas will change the world.

    Watch this brilliant talk where he shares details of his endeavours since his return to India to make better cities and while doing so also redefines the role of the urban citizen as part of a paradigm shift for better managing our cities in a rapidly urbanizing country. Listen and be inspired.


    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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