enCity leader speaking at Monash University Indonesia’s first webinar on Urban Transformation

enCity leader speaking at Monash University Indonesia’s first webinar on Urban Transformation

enCity CEO was invited to speak at Urban Transformation Talks series’ first event entitled “Urban Design Approaches Towards Climate Change Resilience, hosted by Monash University, Indonesia in collaboration with Indonesian Institute of Architects (IAI) and Indonesian Institute of Urban Designers (IARKI), on February 12, 2022.
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With global efforts of adapting an urban design approach to achieve climate change resilience, planners and designers play an increasingly important role in mitigating ecological disasters, reducing urban carbon footprint and building sustainable environments. To discuss this and find a better solution to design future cities, enCity CEO was invited to speak at Urban Transformation Talks series’ first event entitled “Urban Design Approaches Towards Climate Change Resilience, hosted by Monash University, Indonesia in collaboration with Indonesian Institute of Architects (IAI) and Indonesian Institute of Urban Designers (IARKI), on February 12, 2022. In the discussion, Professor Gunawan Tjahjono (Head of TABG-AP DKI Jakarta), Mr Achmad Tardiyana (Design Director, PT Urbane Indonesia), Ms Doti Windajani (Head of IAI Jakarta) and enCity CEO, Mr Dzung Do Nguyen, spoke about their urban design methodology and their experiences in Asian context. 

The first Urban Transformation Talk was attended by 300 participants including professors and students in Monash University Indonesia.

In his presentation, Dzung introduced two philosophies of Asian urbanism, and how they can be incorporated into modern practices to create more people-centric developments. The first is the use of Nature as a framework for urban design, like how in historically, cities have been oriented to natural monuments, which are embraced as an guidance for urban grids. Mountains or mangrove forests have become city landmarks, and wind directions or water flows have formed urban structure. To adapt this into a modern urban context, urban planners and designers should find new ways to integrate nature into cities, both physically and spiritually. Furthermore, we should also recognize climate resilience as a cultural value and a core planning parameter. Some examples are in Ho Chi Minh City and Hue City (Vietnam), where the mountain and river became the core for the construction of the city.

The second aspect is the use of Public space as a community living room, especially in the Asian context, where community spaces are the backbone of people’s social and ritual life. Dzung cited Annette Kim’s Sidewalk City data on peak hours and types of activity to demonstrate an example of sidewalks as the centre of public engagement in Vietnamese people’s lives. Adapting this within a modern urban context requires tailoring public spaces to cultural norms and practices and reinforcing existing community models.

Urban planners and designers should find new ways to integrate nature into cities, both physically and spiritually.

Dzung then explained how designers can apply these principles into urban design strategies relevant to creating contextual and resilient spaces, like enCity has done in our projects. In North Dalat District project, we build a linear spine leading from a restored central lake to views over Lang Bian mountain. In the Ben Tre Province Strategic Vision to 2045, enCity used the exisiting patterns of settlement to inform guidelines for climate-resilience regional growth. In terms of public space design, our master plan for Hoi An Waterfront eco-community develops a Sunrise boardwalk, a commercial and circulatory corridor sensitively landscaped to the site aiming to interweave the urban experience with blue, green and communal spaces. In a new project in the North of Vietnam, enCity urban designers integrate local inspiration architecture into low rise development to form a new community with cultural richness.

enCity uses public space as a community living room.

By engaging with academic institutions in Indonesia, enCity wants to bring our know-how in Asian urban development to aid vulnerable countries, such as Indonesia, in curbing the effects of climate change.

News on Monash University website: https://www.monash.edu/indonesia/about-monash-in-indonesia/urban-transformation-talks-1-urban-design-approaches-towards-climate-change-resilience

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As enCity starts our operations in Bandung this year, we also aim to engage our multi-disciplinary approach in helping to design better and more sustainable cities in the region.

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