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Weekly Roundup 019 – 4th to 10th July

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK


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‘Artist Olafur Eliasson On How Urban Design Impacts Our Psyche’
Interview by Diana Budds
Eliasson’s work explores the intersection of nature, science, and human perception. For example, his recent LEGO installation called ‘Collectively’ invited viewers to recast the work of famous architects. He’s made cheese using his own tears. An installation at the Louisiana museum, in Copenhagen, recreated a riverbed indoors. His monumental ‘Take Your Time’ exhibition, which traveled to multiple museums, engaged visitors in artworks that explored what it means to see and observe.

His latest creation, Cirkelbroen, a pedestrian bridge on Christianshavns canal in Copenhagen, Denmark expounds on those notions, but in the form of infrastructure. Cirkelbroen (circle bridge) is the last link needed to make the entire perimeter of the city’s harbor accessible to pedestrians and cyclists. At night, from a distance, it takes on the guise of illuminated ships. Eliasson hopes the 128-foot-long bridge becomes a space for people to meet, slow down, take a break, and hesitate. The bridge is set to open on August 22.

In this interview, the artist talks about channeling Copenhagen’s maritime history; why art should be hard work; and why public spaces designed with pragmatism in mind are overrated.

Read the full interview here.
Published by Co.Design.

ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK


‘Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate’
Published by The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

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We are at a point where the global community has an unprecedented opportunity to come together to create a prosperous and sustainable future. Momentum is already building with technological innovation, new economic trends and political commitments all coming together towards a low-carbon future. But the pace of change needs to be accelerated to rapidly achieve better quality growth and reduce climate risks.

This report provides 10 practical recommendations that will boost economic growth and reduce climate risk. These recommendations could deliver upto 96% of the emissions reductions required by 2030 to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius and our planet on a pathway to a sustainable future.

Download the full report here.


VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK


‘Could the Next Brooklyn Be … Las Vegas?!’
A Freakonomics podcast
Based on Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s premise that ‘a lot of city revitalization projects are really top-down, master planned, and we’re really anti-that. It’s really more about backing the entrepreneurs and their passions, and so our goal is to help accelerate stuff, help make Downtown Vegas a place of inspiration, entrepreneurial energy, creativity, innovation, upper mobility, discovery and all that combination of creativity and entrepreneurism.’
Hsieh has a wild vision and the dollars to try to make it real. But it still might be the biggest gamble in town.

Listen to him share this vision here.

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Photo Credit: 8 News NOW

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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 and sustainable 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 community engagement. 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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