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Weekly Roundup 087 – 22nd to 28th October


UDC Weekly roundup‘Quantifying Urban Revitalization‘
Authored by Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office
October 24, 2016 

The advent of technology has opened up a whole new window for analysing, mapping and inferring intangible aspects of an urban environment and help convert them into a tangible database. The following article is an insight into the recent research tool developed at the MIT lab that could potentially help guide urban revitalisation through a combination of cell phone data and perception of Urban Space. The study draws interesting conclusions based on scientific data particularly with respect to safety in urban areas

Read the whole piece here.

Published by MIT News Office.


‘The Social Design Public Action Reader‘
Published by SLUM lab (Sustainable Living Urban Model) Issue B 

Authors : Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumper

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The following publication by Urban think Tank (U-TT) focuses on the untapped potential of architecture and design for the masses particularly with respect to informal settlements.

The authors stress upon the need for open source movements as a key for effective social design as architecture is a “collaborative act”. With case studies of successful collective ventures of urban revitalization in barrios and favelas, the authors go on to identify strategies by which a truly social design can be achieved through public action and governmental policies that would serve as a long term framework for positive community building and urbanization.

Read the publication here.


‘The Growing Informal City‘
Created by TedX Talks

Speaker : Alfredo Brillembourg

The rapid growth of the informal city puts the impetus on collective architectural ventures wherein architects need to shed their egos and join forces with different urban agencies to arrive at socio-sensitive planning solutions through design and innovation. In this video Alfredo Brillembourg, the founding partner of Urban Think Tank articulates through some of his successful urban interventions, what it really means to be an architect in the 21st century.Watch this video to find out.

About thinktank21

An architect and an urbanophile with an everlasting passion for travel, books,movies, music and a good conversation. I dream about transformations in the world we live in, of building hope, fueling resilience and living in an urban community that realizes the possibilities and potentials of "collective" efforts. In the words of John Lennon, "You may say I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one."


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