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Weekly Roundup 029 – 12th to 18th September


UDC Weekly roundup ‘Why India should reject China’s obsession with bigger, denser megacities’
Authored by Matias Echanove and Rahul Srivastava

Co-Founders of an urban action-research think tank – an anthropologist and economist discuss and compare the urban growth between China’s gargantuan mega-cities and India’s frantic attempt to catch up with China’s rate of urbanization.
The article dwells on the importance of contextual urban development, one which is attuned to the India’s unique brand of user-generated urbanism. At the core of the article is understanding the impact of the agrarian-urban labour migration and the expanding needs of a mobile population – a scenario quite different in the megacities of China.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by The Guardian.


‘Micro Urban Magazine, Vol.18, Issue 1’
Published by GSAPP, Columbia University

How do we comprehend scale in the massive urban context? Ranging from the micro to the macro, each has its unique implication on the built environment. This relation of scale is an ongoing dialogue between the very large and very small, and exists necessarily in every city. Is the city then akin to a large collection of small things? What influences the creation of scale and its aspirations? Whose voice resounds across the decisions of design?

The Micro Urban Magazine, authored by the editorial team at GSAPP, collates a series of articles which describe scale from the perspective of the youngest users of the city, to the small scale efforts of a community resulting in massive renovation, to a single building modifying the character of its neighbourhood and much more. These articles represent a diverse look at scale in terms of users, efforts, buildings and initiatives.

Access the publication here.




‘Greenway Echelam Sculpture’
Created by Janet Echelman

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Boston sought artist proposals from around the world for a piece of contemporary public art around a theme of Connections, symbolic of The Greenway reconnecting the city’s downtown to its waterfront. From 97 proposals, The Greenway selected Janet Echelman, whose impressive city-scale fiber net sculptures seem to float overhead while becoming illuminated beacons at night. The Greenway, Echelman, and the project team worked to design, create, permit, and install a piece unique to Boston. The color, form, and sculpture draws on the history of its location with what has now become one of the most innovative public spaces in the United States – the mile-and-a-half long Greenway. For more information on this video, read this piece.


Ulrich Franzen’s “Street” from Julian Tryba on Vimeo.


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