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Weekly Roundup 085 – 8th to 14th October


UDC Weekly roundup‘Streets without Shops: How Apps are transforming our local neighborhoods

Authored by Marta Bausells

Everything is now a click or a swipe away. While life of a city dweller just got easier with an app available for everything, the impact of technology does not limit to an average user.

Cities in the past have been believed to be programmed and planned by city planners, urban designers, architects and its inhabitants. Bausells in this article uses New York City to analyse and investigate apps as the new driver for change in uses, design and demographics of cities and neighborhoods. Read the complete article to get an insight to the varied user perspectives and their correlation with the changing face of local neighborhoods.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by theguardian.


‘Redefining Global Cities: The Seven Types of Metro Global Economies
Published by The Brookings Institution


The rapid rade of urbanization calls for an in-depth analysis to understand and enhance the contributions of large metropolitan areas towards the global economy. As such a typology that helps cities and economies to benchmark their performance against peer cities, while identifying standardized indicators of growth becomes a useful tool.

This report by ‘The Brookings Institution’ questions and redefines the Global City terminology. With trade, innovation, talent and infrastructure connectivity identified as the primary drivers of modern economic growth; the report groups the world’s largest 123 metro economies into seven clusters to look for common solutions and investments to achieve sustained global prosperity.

Read the publication here.


‘Kirsten Wilkins: Open Source Urban Design
Created by TEDx Talks

Kirsten Wilkins, a freelance urban designer and architect in Cape Town, talks about the significance of active & inclusive participation in urban design. According to her, a non-verbal intuitive language of space making, is spoken by every inhabitant irrelevant of their educational or professional skills. This universal city language equips every citizen to be a part of the design process that defines the dividing line between the urban real and the urban imagined. Watch the complete video to see her quote examples of her personal life projects, to explain how individual experiences, successful relationships and social interactions translate into successful cities.

About Shravi Sharma

Urban Designer/ Architect


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