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Weekly Roundup 078– 20th to 26th August


UDC Weekly roundup

‘Rio Olympics’ Legacy: Urban Mobility’
Authored by Toni Lindau and Bruno Felin

And what a memorable Olympics it has been! But there’s more to it that the grit and the glory…
The Olympics offered Rio the opportunity to have a public transport network that can help shape its future urban development—making it a more compact, connected and coordinated city. Read this indepth article that covers and maps all the promises that the city made to the Olympics Committee and how much of this was implemented.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by The CityFix.


‘The Typology of New Public Sites’
Published by Maryland Institute College of Art
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The Typology of New Public Sites organizes the invisible public spaces of our everyday environment into a system of sites, components and qualities, indexed and described through terms and definitions. The field guide not only represents a system of classification, but also a playful yet serious linguistic intervention into the discourse of architecture and planning. Through invented and appropriated language, this reference book / manifesto poetically challenges the authority of how public space is represented.

Download the publication here.


‘Convincing politicians to do the right thing, with Kevin Posey’
Created by Urbanism Speakeasy

“If you keep quiet, they’ll assume you agree.”
We all know infrastructure projects get political. So if you want to influence people and see positive change (i.e. safer streets), then you need to make a compelling case. Your elected officials don’t care about average daily traffic or design speed. They care about approval numbers and reelections. So get to the point: “Someone will get hit by a car at this intersection if we don’t do something.”
Kevin Posey shares some experiences with infrastructure projects that became very public, including some practical tips for making yourself heard through the noise.

Listen to the podcast here.

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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