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Weekly Roundup 048 – 23rd to 29th Jan


UDC Weekly roundup
‘The Ethical City: An idea whose time has come’
Authored by Brendan Barrett

“We can’t solve problems by using the same value system that created them”. With a poignant quote to boot, author Barrett discusses the notion and overwhelming need for the creation and sustenance of an Ethical City. With the discussion of ethics, at a mere individual level, there is a grey area of what good, vs greater good, and right vs reality might entail. At the scale of dynamic, ubiquitous entity called a city, this discussion takes on a whole new range of abstractness. What is enjoyable about this piece by Barrett is the attempt to create filters which might help clarify where to start, and what to look for. Is ethics about the way the leadership of a city runs the city? Or is it about ethical citizens, who utilize the city in a fair and just manner?

The Ethical Cities Urban Thinkers Campus, to be hosted at RMIT University in Melbourne on February 16, will explore the ethical city in relation to urban development, inclusion and rights, and resilience.

Read the whole piece here 

Published by The Conversation.


‘The Art of Inequality’
Published by The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture

The editors of a new report on architecture and real estate discuss why affordability isn’t the solution to the housing crisis.  The Buell Centre at Columbia University has long been deeply entrenched in the research of housing.

To quote Jacob Moore, “Unlike, real estate, which is discussed openly in the public but remains somewhat obscured, inequality is something that is “named”—you have Joseph Stiglitz’s “1%” to which Occupy responded with the “99%.” But it’s a far more complex issue than that, and so, while everyone is talking about it, nobody is talking about the same thing”

Read or download the publication here.




‘What is light pollution and how it hurts our planet’
Created by Testtube Plus

Obtrusive, excessive or misdirected artificial light (ie: light pollution) is known to disrupt ecosystems and plant and animal physiology. But how harmful is it really? to cite an example, in disrupting ecosystems, light pollution poses a serious threat in particular to nocturnal wildlife, having negative impacts on plant and animal physiology. It can confuse the migratory patterns of animals, alter competitive interactions of animals, change predator-prey relations, and cause physiological harm.

Check out the video to find out more.

Brought to you by Testtube Plus


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