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Weekly Roundup 025 – 15th to 21st August


UDC Weekly roundup ‘African cities are starting to look eerily like Chinese ones’
Authored by Lily Kuo

Across the African continent, Chinese companies are building highways, railways, sports stadiums, mass housing complexes, and sometimes entire cities.
But China isn’t just providing the manpower to fuel quickly urbanizing African cities. It is exporting its own version of urbanization, creating cities and economic zones that look remarkably similar to Chinese ones.
The article is comprised of a photo essay of the urbanscapes of various African cities and an interview with architect Daan Roggeven who began visiting the continent in 2013 to document and investigate whether China’s model of urbanism can work in Africa along with journalist Michiel Hulsof.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by Quartz.


‘Hackable Cities: A Toolkit for Re-Imagining Your Neighborhood’
Published by Parsons The New School for Design

Hackable Cities is designed as a step-by-step design-led process to help people in neighbourhoods and communities across the globe to reimagine their local communities, reinvigorate their neighbourhoods, protect what is important to them and empower them to make the changes they desire.
This toolkit is the result of extensive research and fieldwork intended to address the lack of identity in a neighbourhood.

Access the toolkit here-


‘Innovating our Future Cities’
Created by the BBC Advertising Commercial Production team in partnership with Dassault Systèmes

By 2050, the World Health Organization predicts that 70% of the population, or 6.4 billion people, will be urbanites. Many will live in cities that are decades or centuries old, built for vastly smaller populations with very different needs. As these new metropolises gestate and grow, they risk becoming sprawling, inefficient sinks, wasting precious resources such as land, water and energy, and becoming harder to manage logistically. How can we build more efficient cities that not only consider its citizens, but also its impact on the entire planet and its resources?
Watch this video to find out some answers.


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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