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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 009 – 25th April to 1st May


UDC Weekly roundup
‘The Bilbao effect, and what the Basques can teach us about space for cycling’
Authored by Jonn Elledge
Years after the Bilbao Effect unfolded, it needs to be assessed and noted that ‘unless there are other reasons to visit a place, it’s not altogether clear that any such effect exists. Bilbao’s reinvention may have succeeded largely for reasons specific to Bilbao (good weather, good food, natural beauty etc.); it’s not immediately obvious that just dumping a museum in, say, Minsk would have the same impact. Enthusiastic commitment to the project, from multiple layers of government and from the Guggenheim Foundation, seem to have been key to success, too.’
The author also presents his three urban design takeaways from the city.
Read the whole piece here. Published by citymetric.com.


‘Inclusive Urban Design – Streets for Life’
Authored By Elizabeth Burton and Lynne Mitchell
A unique publication that highlights the need for designing our public realms and especially streets for people with dementia and other such cognitive impairments so that they can participate fully and independently in society. While there is much attention towards ‘complete streets’ in recent times, this publication only points out how creating streets that are truly inclusive is so much more important and warrants that much more research into how one goes about doing that.
Read it here.


‘Losing Ground’- A documentary on climate vulnerability of two coastal cities
India has 130 towns and cities in 84 coastal districts. Climate science is increasingly warning us about the likely impacts of sea-level rise and cyclones on these cities. But are we paying heed?
‘Losing Ground’ maps out the climate vulnerability of two coastal cities in India- Panaji and Visakhapatnam, and builds a case for all coastal cities to start climate proofing their infrastructure and services without losing any more time.
TERI recently released this documentary prepared as part of a study granted under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Climate Change Resilient Development (CCRD) program. Watch it here-

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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