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Shruti Shankar

Shruti Shankar has written 9 posts for Urban Design Collective

Weekly Roundup 067 – Jun 4th – 10th

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘What happened to the dream of underground cities?’ Authored by Ernie Smith There was a time, not too long ago in our urban history, when building our cities underground seemed like a good idea – an idea that actually went back hundreds of years too. Illustrated with specific examples ranging … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 065 – 21st to 27th May

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Neighborhoods can shape success – Down to the level of the city block’ Authored by Alexia Fernandez Campbell Can where you live determine how well you do in life? This week’s article focuses on a small study done in West Philadelphia based on the idea that microenvironments – places as … Continue reading

Towards Collective Action for Better Cities

With every passing decade, we are becoming an increasingly interconnected civilization, and this enables us to race along in our growth trajectory spurred by a rapid flow of information and communication. Technologies as well as trends grow exponentially today, feeding off of this massive potential for making connections between events, processes and thoughts that emerge … Continue reading

A visit to the Sims Recycling Center, New York

A while ago, I was in New York at the start of the NYC design week and came across an advertisement for a walk of the Brooklyn Waterfront, conducted by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA). The walk was to be about a set of guidelines that the MWA had published called the Waterfront Edge Design … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 016 – 13th to 19th June

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Transforming Melbourne : Are Tall buildings the best solution for a growing city?’ Authored by Max Walton Melbourne is facing one of the biggest challenges of growing cities around the world – the ever-expanding need for affordable housing stock within the metropolitan area. While general planning theory and practice have embraced the … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 011 – 9th to 15th May

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘What a creative neighborhood looks like’ Authored by Richard Florida  This article explores the relationships between the economy, industries, lifestyle preferences and urban design by comparing research findings from three Canadian cities. Through an analysis of the factors that differentiate neighborhoods with ‘creative’ and ‘science’ industries, the author posits that ‘the … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 010 – 2nd to 8th May

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Is India’s 100 smart cities project a recipe for apartheid?’ Authored by Shruti Ravindran The ‘100 Smart Cities’ plan floated by the Modi government has come across its share of concerns and critiques in the past months. In this piece, the author  raises the question of existing social disparities widening further … Continue reading

The first of the Urban Colloquium Series

On the evening of the 15th February, 2014, UDC organized the first of a series of monthly gatherings to be held every second Saturday of the month, aptly titled the Urban Colloquium. The idea behind the Colloquium is to have an agenda for urbanophiles to meet every month for a range of city-related activities and events, … Continue reading

UDC conducts first workshop on ‘Reading the Urban Environment’

Now we know that UDC is all about being able to observe, appreciate, critically discuss and also contribute to cities in more meaningful ways as designers and citizens  – and have a good time while we’re at it!  Well, we got the opportunity to do some of this with the students of Hindustan University this … Continue reading

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