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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 014 – 30th May to 5th June


UDC Weekly roundup
‘The Plaza: What is required for a community living room?’
Authored by Susan Henderson
A comparative study of three plazas- Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt; Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Spain; and Plaza Grande and Plaza Chica in Zafra, Spain.
Henderson identifies the commonalities, differences and nuances that give each plaza it’s characteristics and in the process also identifies plaza typologies based on these characteristics.
Read the whole piece here.
Published by PlaceMakers.


‘City Resilience Framework’
Published by Arup International Development with support from The Rockefeller Foundation
City-Resilience-Framework1 1The City Resilience Framework is a unique framework developed by Arup with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, based on extensive research in cities. It provides a lens to understand the complexity of cities and the drivers that contribute to their resilience. Looking at these drivers can help cities to assess the extent of their resilience, to identify critical areas of weakness, and to identify actions and programs to improve the city’s resilience.
Download your copy here.


‘That was Paris’
By Matel
Matel is a filmmaker from Paris, France.His style can be characterised as simple yet emotive ; he is passionate about telling stories through imagery which notably comes from his background as an editor in London. His comparative video of Paris & New York for OpenSkies was recognised by AdWeek, BuzzFeed, Vimeo & Le Figaro amongst others.
This video titled ‘That was Paris’ is an effort to capture the atmosphere and the people of Paris, thereby exploring the image of the city as well as it’s social profile as opposed to focusing only on the physical urban fabric.
Shot with a canon 7D and 17-55mm lens.

That was Paris from matel 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 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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