City Observer

City Observer is UDC’s biannual journal which aims to create a conversation on cities and to collaboratively interrogate our urban world.
The journal is published online and is free for download. Past issues of the journal for reading pleasure/ reference/ inspiration are as below-

CITY OBSERVER- June 2019 | Volume 5 | Issue 1

CITY OBSERVER- December 2018 | Volume 4 | Issue 2

CITY OBSERVER- June 2018 | Volume 4 | Issue 1

CITY OBSERVER- December 2017 | Volume 3 | Issue 2

CITY OBSERVER- June 2017 | Volume 3 | Issue 1

CITY OBSERVER- December 2016 | Volume 2 | Issue 2

CITY OBSERVER- June 2016 | Volume 2 | Issue 1

CITY OBSERVER- December 2015 | Volume 1 | Issue 2

CITY OBSERVER- June 2015 | Volume 1 | Issue 1

The journal is organized under the following sections/ columns-

1.Feature Pieces- Long (5000 words) and Short (1600 words)
Descriptive essays on any topic relevant to City Observer’s theme of Cities and People. We encourage articles that explore the depth as well as breadth of issues related to urbanism across the world.

2. 10 Urban Design lessons from a city (1600 words or more)
Listicle describing ten takeaways on urbanism from any particular city. The 10 Urban Design Lessons can be personal musings, factual narratives or a combination of both.

3. On Location (1200 words or more)
Profile of an exciting or informative urban design project implemented anywhere in the world. This piece showcases completed projects through the eyes of a visitor who has experienced the project firsthand.

4. Mobility and the City (1200 words or more)
For essays on any aspect of mobility and/in the city, including theoretical positions, lessons learned, successful or unsuccessful mobility projects, social, economic and environmental challenges related to mobility etc.

5. Art and the City (1200 words or more)
Art and the city have a mutually beneficial relationship. This section is an essay on the relationship between art and the city.

6. Motion Captured (10 photographs or more)
Cities lend themselves easily as subjects of a photographer’s lens. This section showcases photo essays on urbanism, capturing scenes from any particular urban setting.

7. Community Engagement (1200 words or more)
Participatory planning is at the heart of the work we do. This section showcases an initiative/project that involved a significant community engagement component as part of its realization.

8. City Trails (1200 words or more)
Cities are best experienced by walk or cycle. This section profiles interesting walking/cycling trails from cities around the world.

9. Teaching Urban Design (1200 words or more)
Essays showcasing academic urban design studios or urban design pedagogy (or both) from around the world.

If you are interested to contribute for any of the nine listed sections, please email us at with ‘City Observer Submission- (section you would like to write for)’ in the subject line.
In the email, please include your full name and affiliation and a 100 word blurb on the subject of your essay.

If you wish to have a downloadable version of any of the issues, please email us at and we’ll send you a download link.