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Weekly Roundup 019 – 4th to 10th July

FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK ‘Artist Olafur Eliasson On How Urban Design Impacts Our Psyche’ Interview by Diana Budds Eliasson’s work explores the intersection of nature, science, and human perception. For example, his recent LEGO installation called ‘Collectively’ invited viewers to recast the work of famous architects. He’s made cheese using his own tears. An … Continue reading

Where is YOUR Chennai?

Where is YOUR Chennai? from Urban Design Collective on Vimeo. One afternoon during the last week of November, I received a call from the editor at The Alternative.in. She insisted that UDC be a part of their upcoming edition of Green Bazaar- an all-day sustainability experience carnival to bring conservation into focus- scheduled for 7th December … Continue reading

Rethinking “Art in the City”

Urban Design Collective partnered with others to organise the series of Jane Walks around Pondicherry (a town in South India) in early May 2014. As a layman to urban planning, cities and spaces, I participated in one of these walks on the 3rd of May 2014. This was a cycle tour around Pondicherry. The tour … Continue reading

A Place and Time for Urban Art

I recently read a very well written article about Mumbai’s new Chhatrapati Shivaji airport Terminal [1]. It drew comparisons with the city’s rail terminus with the same name and pointed out how the rail terminus ferries the expected ANNUAL passenger count of the airport in just 11 days. Despite this, the rail terminus must do … Continue reading

“Because I Would Not Stop For Death…”

Henri Cartier Bresson’s famous photographs of Mahatma Gandhi’s Funeral A man died recently. My father had known him for many years. The man was one of his mentors and had helped him professionally on occasion. I had met him many times. I liked him. I heard the news from my father over the phone; he … Continue reading

Having Writ…

How do you write about a city or The City or cities in general? A particular set of words, organised a particular way, produce beauty. It is that simple. And that complex. Source :http://www.en.wikipedia.org The act of writing is not an easy one. It took our species hundreds of thousands of years to begin and … Continue reading

Distress call from Thanjavur

What do you do when you meet a person who is dying? What do you do when you meet someone who is dying and you know that you can save him/her? What do you do when you know that something is of historical and cultural significance, already dying a slow death and someone is trying … Continue reading

UDC goes to Goa with its first art installation!

I have a little surprise for you all. Ok… the title of this post is a spoiler. Over the last 3 months I have been involved with ‘The Goa Project’ – an ‘unconference’ of sorts that was recently held on March 28th and 29th at the Marbela Beach Resort in Morjhim Beach, Goa. TGP was a melting … Continue reading

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