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

Opening for City-Based Urban Researchers in Belgaum

The New York University (NYU) Stern Urbanization Project—in collaboration with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat) and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy—is undertaking a major global study entitled The Land and Housing Survey in a Global Sample of Cities in preparation for Habitat III, the global conference on housing and sustainable urban … Continue reading

Internship Opportunity with the National Waste to Energy Incinerator Database Project

There is an opening for two interns with a strong background or interest in environmental justice work who are particularly adept at analyzing and summarizing case studies, newspaper archives, policy papers, GRs, circulars, in order to assist us in the project. This would be a full-time internship for one month from October 1st to 31st, … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 028 – 5th to 11th September

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Why the refugee crisis calls for imaginative urban planning’ Authored by Jane Paulick Among the many things that the refugee crisis in Europe throws light on, is the role of architects and planners in finding solutions to providing habitable environments for these new residents in cities. The article addresses … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 027 – 29th August to 4th September

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘10 Keys to Making A Great City Plan’ Authored by Brent Toderian In this compelling blog post, Brent Toderian reflects on his latest project- a new city-wide plan for Abbotsford, British Columbia that he is working on with city staff and his team partners at DIALOG. He details out … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 026 – 22nd to 28th August

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Can Rivers Provide Useful Transportation Routes in the 21st Century?’ Authored by Nick Shannon A landscape architect’s take on the issues of transportation and whether rivers can provide useful transportation routes in the 21st century. The article dwells on the importance of rivers, different ways to use rivers for … Continue reading

Call for Visiting Research Fellows 2016 – Brussels Centre for Urban Studies

The Brussels Centre for Urban Studies is a new interdisciplinary research centre at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) that brings together urban researchers from various disciplines. Its aim is to increase the visibility of VUB urban research and to develop and support research projects in the domain of urban studies. The centre orientation is global, … Continue reading


unearthed.in is looking for a young architect to research sand-free alternatives (which also do not use quarry dust, or use both sand or quarry dust in minimal amounts) and document options that could be for open source usage by architects. Write to action@unearthed.in to apply for this position. For more information, watch this film on … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 025 – 15th to 21st August

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘African cities are starting to look eerily like Chinese ones’ Authored by Lily Kuo Across the African continent, Chinese companies are building highways, railways, sports stadiums, mass housing complexes, and sometimes entire cities. But China isn’t just providing the manpower to fuel quickly urbanizing African cities. It is exporting … Continue reading


The Clean Air Asia India Office calls for applications from young, dynamic candidates as Project Assistant/Researcher to be based in Hanoi, Vietnam (Vietnam Clean Air Partnership) under the Fredkorpset Norway South- South exchange program. Please see Terms of Reference.TOR Fk Exchange South-South Project- Research Project Assistant_ Eligibility Requirements • A university (bachelor) or a master’s … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 024 – 8th to 14th August

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Architects have to get away from the position of arrogance: Rahul Mehrotra’ Interview with Shiny Varghese Starting with his new book titled ‘Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Mega-City’ to the forces that shaped his design aesthetics and why the notion of smart cities is flawed and the responsibilities of the … Continue reading

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