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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 017 – 20th to 26th June


UDC Weekly roundup
‘The Pope’s wise advice on traffic, parking and public transit’
Authored by Emily Badger
Arguing that climate change will put an oversized burden on the world’s poorest people, Pope Francis made a call to literally save the world in his epic environmental encyclical published this week.
In a few paragraphs in the document, he managed to tie together affordable housing, mass transit, parking, inequality, architecture, public space and segregation. The Pope, it turns out, is an urban planner!
Read all about it here.
Published by The Washington Post.


’50 City Stories Explored’
Published by Arup
Arup Design Book 2015Cities must tackle a diverse set of challenges. To name a few, they must deal with urbanisation, changing demographics, climate change, economic growth, water scarcity and congestion.
The world’s cities must differentiate themselves, to attract the increasingly mobile global workforce, tourists and inward investment.
More than anything, cities must be fit for purpose today while anticipating the possibilities of tomorrow.
The Arup Design Book, 50 city stories explored, dwells on ARUP’s responses to the often-conflicting demands placed on cities.
As the projects featured in the book show, cities have the opportunity to make many interventions for improvement, becoming greener, more intelligent, beautiful, future facing, responsible and resilient. These themes inform discussions within this book.
The book also includes the thoughts of a number of internationally-renowned spokespeople, talking about the challenges cities face today.

Explore the Design Book here.


‘Vegetal City’
A TED Talk by Luc Schuiten
For more than 30 years, Belgian architect Luc Schuiten has taken a visionary approach to rethinking cities, in a biomimetic fashion. In his lush and fantastical renderings of what he calls “vegetal cities,” urban centers are transformed into living, responsive architectures that merge nature with the man-made. Schuiten calls his approach to building “archiborescence”: a portmanteau of “architecture” and “tree,” using principles similar to biomimicry where one designs with nature as inspiration.
Schuiten has also reimagined various existing cities that have been regrown into verdant, green places — Shanghai, Brussels, Sao Paolo and Strasbourg, using concepts of archiborescence.
To know more about Schuiten’s work read this article. You can see his built works and more projects over at Vegetal City.


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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