Vidhya Mohankumar

Vidhya Mohankumar is an architect and urban designer with over a decade of work experience in India, Ireland and the United States and a passion for creating livable cities. She is the founder of Urban Design Collective (UDC), a collaborative platform for architects, urban designers and planners to create livable cities through participatory planning. Vidhya also advocates sustainable development through training and capacity building programmes for various stakeholder groups and also within academia through her association with a number of universities as guest faculty. In other parallel albeit real universes, she is a wishful artist, an avid wanderer, a constant gardener and a newly enthused cook.
Vidhya Mohankumar has written 421 posts for Urban Design Collective


A 5-DAY WORKSHOP ON DATA-GATHERING, VISUALIZATION AND DESIGN RESEARCH The Indo-German Centre for Sustainability IGCS is looking for participants to its hack lab taking place late June in Chennai, TN. This lab is thematically focused on Chennai’s peri-urban fringe, which is undergoing urbanization at a fast rate. Who can participate: Participants from the fields of … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 063– 7th to 13th May

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘The great leap upward: China’s Pearl River Delta, then and now’ Authored by Eric Hilaire and Nick Mead A picture is truly worth a thousand words. Especially when it comes to documenting change in cities. That’s why this week’s feature piece is a photo essay depicting the staggering urban expansion … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 062– 30th April to 6th May

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘What Would Jane Jacobs Do?’ Authored by Janette Sadik-Khan and Seth Solomonow This week marked a worldwide celebration of Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday! Even Google had a lovely doodle in her honour. Needless to say there were a host of articles online that paid tribute to her work, revisted her … Continue reading

WORKSHOP ALERT: Regenerating King’s Cross: A Topology of People, Place and Urban Life

This is a call for participation for a workshop titled- ‘Regenerating King’s Cross: A Topology of People, Place and Urban Life‘ The workshop offers an exciting opportunity for architects, designers and artists to study urban space and by example reimagine the everyday spaces located in and around the area of King’s Cross, the largest mixed … Continue reading


Urban Design Collective is looking for volunteers to be part of a new project that we are currently involved in – Restart [Urur Olcott Kuppam]. Restart [UOK] is a community-based restructuring of the built environment and sanitation systems for a sustainable future. We are also thrilled to inform you that the project has moved to … Continue reading


The city of Paris is rightfully termed as ‘the cultural capital of the world’ because of its rich and diverse ethos and character. Paris has been the artistic epicentre of the world since renaissance, inspiring many artists, philosophers, writers and architects to innovate and break the shackles of resistance. The city was home to great … Continue reading


archasm invites architects, students, engineers, designers, artists and philosophers to send in their entries for our competition. Idea based competition Single stage competition Team of maximum three members No professional qualification necessary for eligibility Teams can be interdisciplinary Mumbai, or erstwhile Bombay is the largest metropolis of India and an answer to the likes of … Continue reading


Market-ready Solutions for Sustainable Urbanization in India Winter 2015-2016, Spring 2016. The University of Utah announces a call for undergraduate students based in India to participate in a project focused on sustainable urbanization. This project is made possible by a grant from the United States Consulate, Hyderabad. Six (or more) undergraduate students will join six … Continue reading

Multiple Openings at Bangalore-based Sattva

Sattva works towards realizing sustainable social impact on the ground. Their work today spans over 15 States in India on areas ranging from livelihoods and value chain development to sanitation, health, skill development and education. They work with diverse stakeholders in the ecosystem, from corporations to non-profits, through their practice in strategy, realizing operational outcomes, … Continue reading

World Habitat Day 2015

Today is World Habitat Day and we are so so delighted that the theme for the year 2015 is ‘Public Spaces for All’!!!! Here’s to Cities and People!

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