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Weekly Roundup 063– 7th to 13th May


UDC Weekly roundup

‘The great leap upward: China’s Pearl River Delta, then and now’
Authored by Eric Hilaire and Nick Mead

A picture is truly worth a thousand words. Especially when it comes to documenting change in cities. That’s why this week’s feature piece is a photo essay depicting the staggering urban expansion of the Pearl River Delta- a predominantly agricultural region in the 1940s to the worlds largest megalopolis.
Brace yourself. Immerse yourself. Chinese urbanism beckons.

Look up the whole piece here.

Published by The Guardian.


‘The Future of Street Design’
Published by Next City

TheFutureofStreetDesignNextCity_Page_01 What is a city without its streets?
‘The lifeblood of a place courses through its streets. Today, we demand more and more from these arteries — space for multiple modes of transport, a place to sit and a spot to lock a bike. Space to move safely and without collision. This ebook considers the art and science of why and how.’

With articles that range from making a case for Changing the World by Changing Street Design to reflections on how memorable streets draw more pedestrians to notes on how Technology Is Changing Street Surveying this book is a keeper.

Download your free copy here.


‘Architect’s hands: how can we design better streets’
Created by Tedx Talks

Evelīna Ozola speaks about the importance of the street as a public space and ways of reclaiming it. Evelīna comes up with an attractive and thought-provoking method of prototyping street space and involving the society in the designing process of it.

In this talk, she shares her experiments with colour, her experiences with cities that promoted health by design and of course her own attempts to make better streets!

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 collaborative platform for architects, urban designers and planners to create livable 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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