On 6th December, UDC was invited by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy to facilitate one of the five working groups at ‘Unmotored‘, a workshop to promote non-motorized transport. Tahaer Zoyab and Vidhya Mohankumar facilitated the working group that dealt with non-motorized transport planning for the Chennai Metropolitan area. With a super enthusiastic group … Continue reading
On the morning of 1st December, after exercising much willpower to wake up following a late night at a friend’s birthday party, I managed to get myself to the Madras High Court at 8:30am. Not to confront the long arm of the law but to go on an inaugural heritage walk of the grounds and … Continue reading
Super Exciting news!!!!!!! ‘PEOPLE BUILDING BETTER CITIES’ – An international traveling exhibition showing in 10 countries throughout 2013 to promote dialogue on participation and inclusive urbanization is coming to Chennai on 8th October and will run until 22nd October at the School of Architecture and Planning, Anna University Campus. PBBC is traveling to ten countries to … Continue reading
What do the words ‘Public Space’ really stand for in a city like Chennai? Traditionally, the term ‘Public’ is applied to a sort of egalitarian space, loaded with the principles of democracy and citizenship. These are spaces available and open to all; open for protests and activism, free speech, information sharing and interaction. The burden … Continue reading
This is an account of UDC’s Jane Jacob Walk at Chennai on 5th May 2013 at Georgetown. Any chuckles resulting from reading this are purely accidental. Cities stand still. Not metaphorically of course, but physically. So really, the only way you get to see them is to move within them. You could drive a car, … Continue reading
I have been thinking about the things we never get back in Cities and Life. This is what I wrote about it. Courtesy : http://www.go-nxg.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/chennaicitypage_10art10_go5199h7v119nxg_woodlands.jpg The great critic Roger Ebert is dead. With him, have gone my Thursday nights; or at least what I used to do with them. For the last … Continue reading
Dear all, Here is a summary documentation of the ‘Our Water/ Our Waste/ Our City’- Chennai Urban Campus Workshop that we recently facilitated at the Indo-German Urban Mela. Download the PDF by clicking on the link below- Chennai Urban Campus_Workshop Documentation Thanks so much again to everyone that helped make this memorable!
Our workshop at the Indo-German Urban Mela on 1st September between 5pm to 7:30pm was such a thrill! Around 50 super-enthusiastic participants from an age group ranging from school kids to senior citizens and such varied strata of life… what more can we ask for at a workshop on participation and intervention in the planning … Continue reading