Saturday, 19 May 2012

School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development ITB Prospectus 2012

The built environment plays a major role in sustaining our society’s development and the quality of our planet. Today’s society, both at national and global levels, faces the global climatic change that represents a threat beyond our past experience. If we are to achieve the aim of a sustainable development, then we must understand the complex interactions between the built and natural environment. Understanding that relationship enables us to generate agendas for collective action which are both achievable and sustainable. Public institutions and private organizations that create and use the built environment and natural resources need to focus their efforts on the long-term perspective. Citizens, local communities and civil societies, through their democratic participation, can also influence policy development in a meaningful way. By the choices we make about our own lifestyle we all can contribute to shaping a future for ourselves and for the common future of our planet.

The responsibility for furthering an understanding of the multidimensional and interactive impact of the built environment lies with its researchers, academicians and practitioners. Architects, urban designers, planners, development analysts and transportation managers need to develop the interdisciplinary perspective to understand the relationship between global warming and our activities as shapers of the built environment. As a member of professions that contribute to the built environment, the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development at ITB has a particularly important part to play. The perspective adopted by the school is a holistic one, focused on an attempt to understand the interaction between the different elements that make up the built environment. Interaction among researchers within the school as well as engagement with international scientific communities are important mean to achieve that scholarly pursuit.

Art direction and design: Rampakasli

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