Dr. Ir. Gregory Bracken is originally from Ireland and worked as an architect in Bangkok and Singapore from 1993 to 2002. Currently he is Assistant Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, TU Delft, the Netherlands. He is one of the co-founders of Footprint, the e-journal dedicated to architecture theory, and from 2009-2015 was a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) Leiden where he co-founded the Urban Knowledge Network Asia (UKNA) with a grant funded by Marie Curie Actions. His publications include Asian Cities: Colonial to Global (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), The Shanghai Alleyway House: A Vanishing Urban Vernacular (Routledge 2013, translated into Chinese in 2015), and Aspects of Urbanization in China: Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, (Amsterdam University Press, 2012). He is also the author and illustrator of the popular Walking Tour city guides, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong.
During his session, he will present his paper which examine some trends in urbanization (including defining what the ‘urban’ actually is). It will do so by looking at the colonial and post-colonial eras to try and understand some of the key trends underlying current globalization, and investigate how urbanization affects it, and society, and quality of life for urban dwellers. The paper will also show how some of the cities of Asia have made clever use of infrastructure inherited from a colonial past to take a lead in the twenty-first century (with special reference to Jakarta). The paper’s multidisciplinary perspective will also introduce the different (but closely related) disciplines of architecture and urbanism to enrich our understanding of the urban environment. This multidisciplinary investigation will provide different perspectives which can enable us to better understand the urban environment, as well as help us see it as a place that can encourage prosperous, happy, and productive people.
Prof. Dr. Risa Permanadeli is the founder and the Director of Center of Social Representations Studies, Jakarta-Indonesia, since 2005. She earned her doctoral degree on Social Psychology from École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris-France. Her researches pivot is the elaboration of social thinking in non-Western society, especially in Indonesia. She explores the social, the history and the culture as the platform of the social thinking by using the perspective of Social Representations to study the Modernity and modernization; Place and Role of Women; Power and its social Representations; Urban Culture; Mythology, Imaginary and Oral Tradition. She teaches in Graduate Program of European Studies in University of Indonesia, and she is also member of Laboratoire Européan de la Psyhology Sociale, of Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris-France.