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Weekly Roundup 028 – 5th to 11th September


UDC Weekly roundup
‘Why the refugee crisis calls for imaginative urban planning’
Authored by Jane Paulick

Among the many things that the refugee crisis in Europe throws light on, is the role of architects and planners in finding solutions to providing habitable environments for these new residents in cities. The article addresses the need to be responsive as well as innovative while arriving at sites and typologies for refugee housing. It also points to the history of German architecture and urban planning to demonstrate how refugee housing can weave into the fabric of a city and in the process enriching it and fostering its growth.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by DW.com.


‘Places in the Making- How placemaking builds places and communities’
Published by MIT DUSP

Public places play a key role in building community and placemaking can empower local communities to create a sense of “belonging” through place. This report by a DUSP research team, led by Susan Silberberg, examines the interactions between placemaking, community participation, and the expanding ways communities are collaborating to make great public places.
Put simply, ‘Places in the Making’ highlights the importance of people in defining place, a critical aspect that is all too often forgotten by those in architecture, planning, and other related disciplines.

Read or download the publication here-


‘Harmony City’
Created by IDEO

This is IDEO Shanghai’s piece about a government-subsidized housing development called Harmony City. Set in 2030, it offers “a more sustainable way of living” where “the entire community is in it together” — it’s a place that supports the longstanding ethos and energy-saving behaviors of Chinese citizens, such as daily outdoor exercising, hand-laundering, and local food shopping.

Harmony City from IDEO 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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