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Weekly Roundup 026 – 22nd to 28th August


UDC Weekly roundup ‘Can Rivers Provide Useful Transportation Routes in the 21st Century?’
Authored by Nick Shannon

A landscape architect’s take on the issues of transportation and whether rivers can provide useful transportation routes in the 21st century.
The article dwells on the importance of rivers, different ways to use rivers for transportation, cities that are already doing this and also concerns and possibilities to adapt this mode of transport to present day needs.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by Landscape Architects Network.


‘Educate and Empower: Tools for Building Community Wealth’
Published by The Democracy Collaborative

EducateAndEmpower_Page_001How do low-income communities learn to advance economically and build wealth? Low-income communities and communities of color, in challenging structural economic and social inequality, have historically grappled with tensions inherent to development. Who participates in, directs, and ultimately owns the economic-development process? In creating and sustaining new, inclusive economic institutions, how do community members cultivate and pass on skills, commitment and knowledge—especially among those who have long faced barriers to education and employment? And how should communities strike an appropriate balance between utilizing local knowledge and accessing outside expertise?

Educate and Empower, authored by Keane Bhatt and Steve Dubb, draws on case studies of 11 different community economic development initiatives from across the United States to highlight a diverse set of powerful answers to these critical questions.
The report identifies 21 key crosscutting themes, including tactics like door knocking, participatory learning and inclusive governance, each conveniently summarized in the report’s extended (but not too text heavy) executive summary.

Access the toolkit here.


‘Ulrich Franzen’s “Street”‘
Created by Urban Omnibus

In 1969, architect and urban planner Ulrich Franzen articulated, through the film above, a bold vision to reclaim Manhattan’s congested streets as open space free from cars and trucks. Forty years later, our sense of urgency about the ecological imperative of transforming how we transport goods, information and people from place to place has increased, but the terms of the debate about how to accommodate the various competing uses of our streets have not changed much. For more information on this video, read this piece.

Ulrich Franzen's "Street" from Urban Omnibus 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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