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Weekly Roundup 081– 10th to 16th September


UDC Weekly roundup

‘The World’s Most Creative Neighbourhoods’
Authored by Avinash Rajagopal

From Cape Town to Mumbai to Lagos to Madrid and more. Here’s an interesting roundup of 10 neighbourhoods from around the world that are home to the creative class. Read about what’s going on and what it’s doing to these cities. Richard Florida would be proud ;)

Read the whole piece here.

Published by Metropolis Magazine.


‘Public Space Acupuncture’
Published by Actar
As the financial crisis deepens in many European countries and the construction sector remains in a slump, many plans for urban regeneration have been shelved. Cities are cutting their spending on large public works, so the time is ripe for low-cost strategies that have a positive impact on the urban habitat. It is in this context that this exciting book presents urban acupuncture strategies as an alternative to renovate infrastructure, landscape elements and public space in a city.
Public Space Acupuncture highlights independent but coordinated small interventions that help regenerate urban public space and city life. It is based on Zygmunt Bauman’s characterization of the current era as Liquid Modernity and the strategies presented are organized under three categories- Time-based, Citizen Participation and Placemaking. If that’s not exciting enough, the great Oriole Bohigas has written the introduction chapter!

Read or download the whole book here-


‘How and why should food be considered within the climate policies of cities?’
Created by UNEP
Cities will be a major driver of the demand for food and their inhabitants will need access to healthy, sufficient, environmentally friendly food.
Urban food systems are a considerable source of greenhouse gas emissions: from the production and processing of food to its transportation and consumption. This video lists out some actions that are needed to transform our urban food systems along with a link to a Policy Perspectives Paper

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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