Sunday, March 20, 2011

SUSTAINABLE URBAN DESIGN REVISITED: Some brief notes of ecological notions in creating liveable city

by Widjaja Martokusumo

City will continue to change, grow or shrink, expand or contract, in order to adapt to changing socio-economic conditions. Decreasing urban life quality in terms of ecological disasters, lack of urban infrastructures, fraying social cohesion and institutional weakness have been recognised as the common urban phenomena in Indonesia. During the last decades urbanisation and urban development have been very impressive. The rapid pace of urbanisation, driven mostly by socio-economic development, has brought massive consequences.
Urban design aims to produce good quality and liveable (responsive) urban environment. Nowadays, the consideration of ecological issues in urban design is world wide becoming a common requirement than before. Together with the aspect of gestalt and socio-culture, ecological dimensions play a significant role in implementing sustainable urban design
Observation in Bandung highlights the nexus between the socio-cultural context and the production vibrant urban environment. To what extent the dynamic of urban development influences the formulation of urban development policy? The case study reveals that for the formulation of urban development policy socio-cultural aspects should also be taken into account. Thus, sustainable development must be more than merely “protecting” the environment; it must improve the human condition through capacity building, as this paper argues.


Bandung, Sumatra, Indonesia, photo by Wilson Loo

more about Indonesia:

THE OLD TOWN JAKARTA: PERSPECTIVES ON REVITALIZATION, CONSERVATION AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

A STUDY ON URBAN PLANNING /URBAN TRANSPORTATION ISSUES IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES AND JAPAN’S TECHNICAL CORPORATIONINS

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