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Weekly Roundup 071 – 2nd to 8th July


UDC Weekly roundup ‘London floors: Sebastian Erras and Pixartprinting unveil the city’s hidden treasures ‘
Authored by Hollie Smith

Our cities are rapidly evolving and the cities’ floors are a reflection of this ever-changing landscape. Sebastian Erras, a german photographer strolls through various metropolises and documents this change through his minimalist photos of the the diverse pavement patterns.

His photographic series uncovers a visual map that signifies change that has happened in the city and it also unfolds into an alternate route that visitors and residents can follow to discover the city.

Commissioned by London’s pavement connoisseurs, Sebastian’s photos of London reflects the heterogeneous and unpredictable patchwork of the city’s floor.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by Designboom.


‘Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design’
Published by Macmillan

Our cities are constantly changing for the better or worse, but is this change making us happy or unhappy?

While investigating the link between  urban design and the science of happiness, Charles Montogomery explores this very question during his journey through some of the world’s dynamic cities.

The books is an adventure through lenses of human psychology, neuroscience and a series of urban experiments with which we can better understand and improve our communities. Overall, The Happy City is a delight to read, where the author inculcates the notion that a well designed city and a happy city are essentially the same.

Read the publication here.


‘Theaster Gates:How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art’
Created by TED Talk

The phenomenon of decaying and dying neighbourhoods is becoming increasingly prevalent in towns and cities all over the world. Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, talks about the use of culture as a transformational weapon in activating these neglected neighbourhoods. He takes us through a journey about how art-led spaces has transformed decaying and partially abandoned neighbourhoods in Southern Chicago. By the end of the talk, Gates inspires every listener with his belief that Art & Culture can be strong catalysts in transfiguring cities across the globe.


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