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Weekly Roundup 020 – 11th to 17th July


UDC Weekly roundup
‘7 Cool Ways Cities Are Thinking Ahead on Climate Change’
Authored by Christina Nunez

The world’s cities are coming up with ingenious ways to fight climate change. “No longer will it work to have a system of silos,” says Bryna Lipper, vice president for relationships at 100 Resilient Cities, a nonprofit. With that comes a different way of thinking about both mitigating and adapting to climate change, from the roads to the treetops. From sea walls to “sponge zones,” featured here are some innovative urban ideas for boosting resilience.

Click here for the full article.
Published by National Geographic.


‘Building Climate Equity- Creating a New Approach from the Ground Up’
Published by World Resources Institute (WRI)

Pages from building-climate-equity-072014For more than two decades, crafting global actions that all nations believe to be equitable has been a central challenge for international climate policy.

A new approach is required to resolve this challenge. Building on the experiences of 23 countries, this report demonstrates that climate action and equity can be mutually supportive and that well-designed climate policies can strengthen the capabilities of the least well-off and most vulnerable.

Download your copy here.


‘It’s Smart To Be Dense’
Created by Streetfilms and ITDP

Urban density is fundamental principle of sustainable development. Density supports economic and creative vibrancy, social integration, and a healthy, environmental sustainable development model. As the world’s population continues to urbanize, our cities have two options for growth: densify or sprawl. The private-car dependent sprawl model of the 20th century must change, and move away from a reliance on private cars, to accommodate a more populous, and more prosperous world.

In this charming video featuring a mix of animation, stats and video, the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) and Streetfilms have teamed up to highlight the most important reasons for building dense. By 2050 about 75% of all the world’s population will be urban so it is vital for the health of the planet we choose correctly, and do it now.

It’s Smart To Be Dense from STREETFILMS 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 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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