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Nandini Ramakuru

Nandini Ramakuru has written 19 posts for Urban Design Collective

Nudging in Cities

Human beings are not always rational thinkers, but the decisions we each make as individuals collectively impact the shape and form of our cities. Taking the car as opposed to walking. Dumping waste as opposed to segregating it. Leaving the lights on rather than turning them off etc. These tiny decisions that take less than … Continue reading

Nudging for Change

In the early 1990’s, the cleaning authorities at the Amsterdam airport needed to address a hygiene issue. They were struggling with attempts to reduce urinal spillage and splash-back in the men’s washrooms, but nothing seemed to do the trick until an etched house fly came along. Aad Kieboom, the Amsterdam airport manager, decided to put … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 077 -13th to 19th August

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Neighborhoods can shape success – Down to the level of the city block’ Authored by Alexia Fernandez Campbell The Rio Olympics have been swamped with controversy from the very beginning. Right from toxic waters, to displaced residents, to the spread of the Zika virus. But the question repeatedly asked is, was … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 076 – 6th to 12th August

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Keep Calm and Swim On: The Hellhole that is the Indian Monsoon is Here to Stay’ Authored by Manu Balachandran and Maria Thomas It’s that time of the year again, where annual rainfalls, not so surprisingly, wreak havoc in the lives of the people of India. Every year, the months … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 072 – 9th to 15th July

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘”Pokemon Go” is Quietly helping People Fall in Love with Their Cities’ Authored by Mark Wilson Who would have thought that it would take a smart phone game to get people off their chairs and outdoors? Pokemon Go, an augmented reality mobile game, is barely a week old, and is all … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 069 – 18th to 24th June

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Divided Cities: South Africa’s Apartheid Legacy Photographed by Drone’ Authored by Hout Bay/Imizamo Yethu Pictures communicate so much more than words. They tell untold stories that are sometimes hard to express in any other way. Johnny Millers, an American photographer, uses a drone to take aerial view photographs of South African … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 060– 16th to 22nd April

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Animals Like Green Spaces in the City – And That’s a Problem’ Authored by Gabe Bullard An inclusive city must not only be limited to people. It must also talk about animals that share the city space. Cities high on green spaces, are high on thriving city animals. The question though is, … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 057 – 26th March to 1st April

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Before-and-After Photo Archive of the World’s Best Street Design’ Authored by Feargus O’Sullivan Urbi-I, a Brazilian urban design collective, created a gallery that showcases the before and after street images from around the world. The gallery essentially tracks the widespread transformation of streets from being automobile centric to being pedestrian … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 054 – 5th to 11th March

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Math Tool Could Help Avoid Planning Pitfalls’ Authored by Jen Kinney Implementation of policies and planning solutions help develop a city, but they also often result in unanticipated negative outcomes. Outcomes and repercussions in the long run that are difficult gauge. Simi Hoque, an assistant professor in the building and … Continue reading

Weekly Roundup 053 – 27th February to 4th March

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Cash for Cycling? Polluted Milan wants to pay commuters to bike to work’ Authored by Rosie Scammell   In attempt to counter the pollution problem, Milan offers to pay people who choose cycling to work. While this is definitely a step forward, one wonders if the proposal to pay is … Continue reading

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