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Weekly Roundup 095 – 17th to 23rd December


UDC Weekly roundup‘Rajasthan tells an Unexpected Story of Stopping Open Defecation under Swachh Bharat Mission

Authored by Mathews K. Mullackal

Adequate sanitation is a basic human right. The Indian Government with its flagship sanitation campaign ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ has set the goal to make India, open-defecation free by 2nd October 2019 (150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi). Working towards this goal, the state of Rajasthan has emerged as a frontier in achieving some unexpected great results.

Mathews in this article explains the factors that helped Rajasthan lower the rate of open-defecation in the state and provide access to toilets to a larger population. The article throws light on the strong willingness of the citizens and decision makers for a positive change in this case. Read the article to know how intelligent investment plans if made by political leaders, can help bring about palpable changes in the mindset of the population.

Read the whole piece here.

Published by theworldbank.


‘Urban Systems Studies- Cleaning a Nation: Cultivating a Healthy Living Environment
Published by Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore


This publication by the Centre for Liveable Cities (Singapore) chronologically walks us through the multiple phases of policy development in cleaning the city of Singapore from 1960 to 2013. The book guides us through the evolution of government policies with time, the reinforcement of strict rules, bans and holistically prioritizing projects centered around hygiene, health and wellness of the people. The city which was once in its history struggling with the problem of rising slums and unhygienic living conditions, has now imbued cleanliness as a culture within its population.

Read the publication here.


‘The Social Life of Small Public Spaces
Created by William H. Whyte

William H. Whyte, a legendary urbanist and professional people-watcher is considered to be a revolutionary in the field of urban planning and design. His research and study on the New York plazas, which was mostly based on his visual observations and interviews with the people using these urban spaces, laid the groundwork for defining the basic  principles of designing an efficient public space. His findings were later made available to the world in the form of a book accompanied with this interesting short film.

About Shravi Sharma

Urban Designer/ Architect


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