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Weekly Roundup 027 – 29th August to 4th September

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK


UDC Weekly roundup ‘10 Keys to Making A Great City Plan’
Authored by Brent Toderian

In this compelling blog post, Brent Toderian reflects on his latest project- a new city-wide plan for Abbotsford, British Columbia that he is working on with city staff and his team partners at DIALOG.
He details out a seemingly small but surprisingly powerful early step in the project- an impromptu assembly of a list of “Top 10 Keys to a Great Plan” that he shared in an early presentation to staff and city council. The list was the product of hard learnings and frustrations from past exercises and almost as a little self-therapy.
But by persistently repeating the 10 points meeting after meeting, the list became an official “magic mirror” to hold up against each step of the process. Eventually the list was made into a graphic for tweeting as well as putting them out at the centre of community conversations.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by The Planetizen.

ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK


‘International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning’
Published by UN- Habitat

International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning_1_Page_01The UN-Habitat has released guidelines to provide governments, local authorities, civil society organisations and planning professionals with a global reference framework that promotes more compact, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities and territories that foster sustainable urban development and are resilient to climate change.

The guideline, known as the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning, serves as a compass for policy makers and urban professionals when reviewing urban and territorial planning systems.provide national governments, local authorities, civil society organisations and planning professionals with a global reference framework that promotes more compact, socially inclusive, better integrated and connected cities and territories that foster sustainable urban development and are resilient to climate change.

The drafting of the guidelines, which spanned over two years, was supported by 35 experts, through a broad-based consultative and participatory process and based on evidence, good practices and lessons learnt from various contexts and at various planning scale.

Download your copy here.

VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK


‘Recipes For Disaster (2008)’
Created by Das Kulturreservat

Director John Webster convinces his wife and two small children that the whole family should go on an oil diet, yet without having to give up their a middle class suburban lifestyle. All the everyday things that we don’t do, or that we can’t help doing, make up recipes for disaster. In this comedy of errors they find themselves questioning their values and putting to test their will power and ultimately, their happiness.

Recipes For Disaster (2008) from Das Kulturreservat on Vimeo.

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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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