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Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 018 – 27th June to 3rd July


UDC Weekly roundup
‘How to build a city from scratch: the handy step-by-step DIY guide’
Authored by Stuart Jeffries
With new cities and plans for new cities mushrooming around the world, here’s a handy 20-step guide to building cities from scratch. The article may seem quirky at first glance with an opening paragraph that says ‘after studying several urban planning projects around the world, we’ve mastered the step-by-step process of how to build your very own real city’ but read on because Jeffries does make some strong and valid points!

Click here for the full article.
Published by Guardian Cities.


‘Eco2 Cities: Ecological Cities as Economic Cities’
Published by The World Bank
The Eco2 Cities approach is a point of departure for cities that would like to reap the many benefits of ecological and economic sustainability. It provides an analytical and operational framework that offers strategic guidance to cities on sustainable and integrated urban development. At the same time case studies are used throughout the book to provide a matter-of-fact and ground-level perspective. The Eco2 framework is flexible and easily customized to the context of each country or city.
Read the book here.


‘The Urban Sustainability Opportunity’
An interview with John Macomber
John Macomber, senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, explains why the private sector needs to focus on city-level improvements. Macomber also emphasizes on land use, transportation and electricity as the game changers in the urban sustainability opportunity.
Click on the image to watch this interview from Harvard Business Review.

John Macomber

To know more, read Macomber’s full article, “Building Sustainable Cities.”


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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