“Non-project activities at enCity”: Thinking and working outside the box

“Non-project activities at enCity”: Thinking and working outside the box

Understanding food security, how planners are also responsible for designing urban systems that allow for implementable and sustainable solutions that take into account how our current agricultural systems fall short is integral. The team reflects on how these can be integrated into functioning modern cities, as cities aim to exist within self-sustaining ecosystems, especially as changes to the geopolitical landscape continue.
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Tasks and deadlines are not everything when going to work at enCity, where we constantly immerse ourselves in culture and tradition of the local landscapes spending 2 hours each Friday afternoon (or biweekly, due to the workload and presentation with clients) to take to the ground and explore learning and development opportunities as urban activities resume.

As the pandemic slowly but surely clears the path for resumption of urban activities, enCity ruminates on its responsibilities, within the value chain of urban development. In Bandung office, the team recently went to Semarang Old Town, introspecting on the “kampung” (urban village), contemplating the past of informal settlement and envisioning the future possibilities of sustainability, conservation and modernity. Another engrossing activity was a “live sketching” session when the Bandung team envisioned the city through sketches. The team reflected on the heritage value of older buildings, the current local placemaking today, as current urbanism trends give way to the past and make way for the future.

Bandung team’s regular city tours on Friday afternoon, and live sketches of Bandung’s city center (First sketch: Non-private vehicular zone, second sketch: small intervention for kampung regeneration – to change the rear facade as river edge-front facade.)

In Singapore, the team has been focusing on understanding food security, how planners are also responsible for designing urban systems that allow for implementable and sustainable solutions that take into account how our current agricultural systems fall short. The team reflected on how these can be integrated into functioning modern cities, as cities aim to exist within self-sustaining ecosystems, especially as changes to the geopolitical landscape continue. To see the town from tourists’ perspectives, as tourism resumes, the team also went on a local exploration through a scavenger hunt, admiring murals and testing their wit in the process.

A trip to a goat farm in Singapore

Another activity was playing Puzzle Hunt game in Chinatown, Singapore

In Hanoi, our office took the opportunity to visit Hai Phong, an industrial city and premise for education and technology, economic growth and culture, and took a tour around one successful township development here. Not only did this help the team bond outside of the workplaces, valuable insights were uncovered through live exploration of planning and design themes that enCity grapples with on a daily basis, especially as each stakeholder makes the most of its own position.

Hanoi team visited a successful township in Hai Phong city for learning from actual built project

A sharing session when Hanoi team explored Hanoi urban transition through the eyes of Malaysian architects

Our team in Ho Chi Minh City visited the Independence Palace to learn about the history of the city

Our entire team is glad to be part of the global transformation towards urbanism and continue to look for new and innovative ways to cope with global challenges in support of the environment and urban development. We also enjoy a workplace with lots of fun, bonding experiences and exploration.

 

 

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As the pandemic slowly but surely clears the path for resumption of urban activities, enCity ruminates on its responsibilities, within the value chain of urban development.

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