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Weekly Roundup 023 – 1st to 7th August


UDC Weekly roundup
‘#SG50: How planning made Singapore a Garden City’
Authored by Ayee Macaraig

It is not just Singapore’s landscape and infrastructure but exceptional governance and policies that made Singapore Asia’s most livable city. As the city-state celebrates its 50th anniversary on August 9, this article provides a snapshot of the forces that shaped it and what lies ahead.

By prioritizing parks and open spaces over malls to constantly reinventing and building up as well as co-ordinated planning and implementation and stressing the need for regional governance, Singapore offers many lessons for cities around the world.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by The Rappler.


‘E-Governance and Urban Policy Design in Developing Countries’
Published by UN-Habitat

Pages from E-Governance and urban policy design-eMail
Governance is about the processes by which public policy decisions are made and implemented. ICT can become a catalyst to improve governance in towns and cities and help increase the levels of participation, efficiency and accountability in public urban policies, provided that the tools are appropriately used, accessible and affordable. This book examines how ICT enabled governance is applied to urban policy design and highlights case studies, tools, methodologies, all reflecting current challenges and potential for the use of ICT in governance processes in cities.

Download your copy here.


‘The Sustainability Challenge’
Created by GRI
This video highlights how moving towards a sustainable future is necessary and urgent not only because it’s an environmental issue but because it also takes into account economic and social issues and thereby the overall well-being of the human race.

GRI is an international independent organization that has pioneered corporate sustainability reporting since 1997. GRI helps businesses, governments and other organizations understand and communicate the impact of business on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, corruption and many others. With thousands of reporters in over 90 countries, GRI provides the world’s most trusted and widely used standards on sustainability reporting, enabling organizations and their stakeholders to make better decisions based on information that matters.

The Sustainability Challenge from GRI 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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