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Nandini Ramakuru

Nandini Ramakuru has written 23 posts for Urban Design Collective

Participatory Planning Around the World: Part 3 of 3

In order to have a coherent ecosystem, there needs to be porosity in the interactions between different communities. You know city planning is moving in the right direction when the immediate challenges of the locals are addressed, by understanding them at a grass root level. Planners are experts in design with technical knowledge. Citizens are … Continue reading

What Does Blockchain Mean for Urban Systems? : Part 3 of 3

Blockchain technology is a culmination of many different digital concepts, as discussed in our introductory post. But what makes it groundbreaking is the idea of radical decentralization that this technology offers. Decentralization at a large scale is very powerful and can transform how a city functions and how people interact with each other. For example, … Continue reading

Blockchain and It’s Applications : Part 2 of 3

As we get into the discussion on Blockchain technology’s impact, it is a good time to see this quick video that provides a great explanation of the variety of industries that can benefit from Blockchain applications. We’ll be back soon with more thoughts on Blockchain for cities!

What is Blockchain Anyway? : Part 1 of 3

Meet Cathy. She loves bread. Two slices of bread for breakfast really makes her day. But there is one hitch. She is gluten sensitive. Which means she can only have gluten free bread. And there are plenty of those in the market too. Just that, how can she be so sure? How can she trust … Continue reading

Nudging in Cities : Part 2 of 2

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 : Part 1 of 2

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

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