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Cities, Community Engagement, People, Publications, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Urban Renewal, Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup 082 – 17th September to 23rd September


UDC Weekly roundup‘Can we actually agree on indicators to measure development?

Authored by Jacqueline Klopp and Danielle Petretta

With the upcoming Habitat III conference hosted by the UN-Habitat, urban practitioners all over the world have begun to shift focus to the relevance of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). With the UN’s focus on SDGs, the indicators that are used to measure these goals are of utmost importance. Yet how often does this question of veracity of measurement come up in public discourse?

Klopp and Petretta analyse the seemingly objective methods usually employed, positing hard hitting questions about the political biases and importance of incorporating the local to become part of the New Urban Agenda. The authors present Habitat III as the ideal ground to bring up these questions. Will the conference provide a space for this much-needed discussion?

Read the whole piece here.

Published by Citiscope.


The Public Life Reader
Published by Next City


Public space is fast becoming a rare but powerful commodity. Private property takes precedence over common spaces and this has a sure effect on human life. Add the increasing dependence on devices, that work even in these open spaces due to Wi-Fi, public life seems to take a very different tone. Next City captures these rare stories of today’s public spaces and the evidence of life, that we are fast learning to ignore.

This anthology is a joy to read, with each essay presenting a compulsive case for today’s fast-transforming public spaces.

Read the publication here.


How to Build a Better City
Created by Minute Earth

Love the idea of suburbia? The lush green surroundings, assured peace and quiet, plenty of space for the kids to play around? Watch this brief, but hard hitting video to find out how the current layout of our cities  and suburban is actually far from optimal and a subsequent drain on our own resources. The more dense a city, the more compact, well-adjusted and efficient living in the urban setting can be.


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