PWK FT-UB to Host Workshop ASPI 3

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Still hand in hand with the A Accreditation achieved by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (PWK) Faculty of Engineering Universitas Brawijaya (FT-UB) and international seminar entitled 2nd International Conference Planning in the Era of Uncertainty (ICPEU) 2015: Sustainable Development, 3-4 March 2015, PWK FT-UB held a workshop of  Home Planning Schools Association of Indonesia (Asosiasi Sekolah Perencanaan Indonesia, ASPI) 5 to 6 March 2015. Opened by Dr. Ir. Surjono MTP as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, the event that was held in the Auditorium of Prof. Ir. Suryono 2nd floor of Dean Building, focused on the topic “Internal Cooperation and Network Journal”.

ASPI itself is an association of 52 majors and courses of urban and regional planning across Indonesia. On this occasion representatives of all 52 members gathered to discuss how to establish the Internal Cooperation and Network Journal that are important to be keep up to date on the development of urban and regional planning which will grow quickly later on.

Led by the head of the association, Prof. Ir. Bakti Setiawan MA., Ph.D., in discussing nomenclature PWK student graduation degree and major topics which supported by the presentation led by Fauzul Rizal Sutikno, ST., MT and Johannes Parlindungan, ST., MT from the Department of PWK FT-UB. In addition to discussing the above topic this workshop also take this opportunity to  socialize ASPI program to each member.

“Became one of the four ASPI members with A accreditation, PWK should make a significant contribution to this association. Chance to be the Host of this 3rd workshop, I hope it can be the beginning of better cooperation between PWK FT-UB with all PWK school all over Indonesia.” close Dr. Surjono who also is Lecturer at PWK FT-UB. (emis/mic)

Prof Peter Newman: Increased Population Density Reduce Fuel Consumption

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Professor Peter Newman BSc, Ph.D, Dip.ES&T, an expert in the field of sustainability of Curtin University, revealed that the population density plays an important role in sustainable development. Especially for cities with low population density in the world, where the city is dependent on the use of the car for the day-to-day activities which are very consumptive of natural resources.

Fuel use decreases exponentially as density increases, said Peter while giving a lecture to students of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the auditorium FTUB Prof. Ir. Suryono, Wednesday (4/3).

Peter statement is based on research entitled Cities Data Base for 2005 Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) in 2010. This study revealed that the amount of per capita energy consumption in the transportation sector in the major cities is inversely proportional to the increase in urban population density. The greatest use is in Atalanta City, United States, where the average value of energy consumption in the transport sector is 103,000 MJ/person with a population density of 5.5 persons/ha. While Hong Kong with an average population density of 322 persons/ha use of energy in the transport sector only in the range of 4000 MJ/person.

This can’t be separated from the fact that people in downtown prefer walking, cycling, or use public transportation for their activities. While the community who live in the suburbs use private vehicles (cars and motorcycles) or a taxi for their activities.

Then from the book that he created in 1989, entitled “The End of Automobile Dependence”, there are two solutions on how to switch from urban planning based on personal vehicle (car). The first is reorienting the city’s transport priorities. Second, hold urbanization to areas of high density population.

He also rejected the myths that developed in the community about the adverse effects of increasing density of population by presenting the contrast facts. In fact, the results of the calculations he did on the City of Perth, the rebuilding of the city into a centralized area with dense population than back toward the outskirts of urban development with a low density population can save up to 212.9 billion Australian dollar for 30 years.

How do we think about Malang and population density? Peter gave his opinion, Malang require re-municipal planning, especially where to place the population density. He added that the settlement areas need to be built organically. Not to forget the campus area should be rebuilt into a pleasant area for pedestrians.

“High density is the higher possibility to Achieve sustainable transportation. Do not be afraid of density,” Peter closed his lecture. (and/mic)

PWK FTUB Held International Conference of Sustainable Development

Regional and City Planning Department (PWK) Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Brawijaya (FTUB) held an international seminar entitled 2nd International Conference Planning in the Era of Uncertainty (ICPEU) 2015: Sustainable Development. The seminar that attended by hundreds of participants was held at Widyaloka Building of Universitas Brawijaya on 3-4 March 2015.

According to the ICPEU II 2015 Committee, Ni Nyoman Samitri Putri, this seminar presenting three main speakers and 58 parallel sessions speakers. Three main speakers include Prof. Peter Newman (Professor of Sustainability of Curtin University), Dr. Ir. Surjono, MTP. (urban planning expert of FTUB), and Dr. Ir. Hermanto Dadak, M.Sc (Vice Minister of Public Works of the Republic of Second United Indonesia Cabinet).

While 58 presenters at parallel sessions came from domestic and foreign institutions including the Ministry of Public Works, National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN), National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Kumamoto University, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Gadjah Mada University (UGM), Institute of Technology (ITS), Sebelas Maret University (UNS), the University Computer Indonesia Bandung, National Institute of Technology, Lambung Mangkurat University, Syiah Kuala University, Petra Christian University, Bandung Islamic University, Islamic University of Riau, and Universitas Brawijaya.

In his speech at the beginning of the event, Head of the Department of Urban & Regional Planning Dr. Ir. Abdul Wahid Hasyim, MSP said that sustainable development lately become a crucial topic, particularly in the field of urban and regional planning. Especially after the United Nations launched a program of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which targeted to be finished in 2015. “SDGs indicator consists of three pillars, namely economic development, including how to reduce poverty, social development, and the development of infrastructure facilities and environment,” he said.

 In line with Abdul Wahid, Prof. Peter Newman as one of the presenters explained that sustainable developments need to ensure that social goals continue to imrove, reverse the environment deterioration whilst growing the economy. But the main thing is to make all the countries in the world to participate in this program.

Peter Newman admits that SDG is a hard thing, but reflect on the success of the MDGs, it is not necessary for the society to be pessimist.“The most important thing is we now must got all country in the world to participate. When I heard about the MDGs, I thought no way we can do it, but we believe. Sometimes you have to believe a bit stronger in the future,” he said. (and/mic)

Yayasan Kota Kita Surakarta Initiated Cooperation With Urban & Regional Planning FTUB

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At 23-25​​/2, Director of Yayasan Kota Kita Surakarta(YKKS), John Taylor, accompanied by YKKS Executive Director Ahmad Rifai paid a visit to the Department of Urban & Regional Planning Faculty of Engineering Universitas Brawijaya (FTUB). One purpose of this visit is to explore and open up opportunities for cooperation between the Department and YKKS.

According to the Secretary of the Department PWK FTUB Ir. Ismu Rini Dwi Ari, MT., Ph.D, first cooperation opportunities can be realized by directing YKKS as a corporate institution for students to get work experience through KKN-P (Kuliah Kerja Nyata Profesi). However, for an internship in YKKS, students must go through a selection process in advance. “Because they will study not only a urban planning comprehensive, but also other dimensions, they will learn more about advocacy planning,” said Ismu who also alumni of Kyoto University.

Selection will be held on April 6 to 10 next. When you pass the selection, then the student will undergo CCN-P with a full live system during the long semester break. Ismu added, when the activity goes well then it is likely to become an annual routine for the department programs.

The second form of cooperation set forth in the form of an idea to build a website Malang Kota Kita as a forum to accommodate the aspirations of the people for the city development. With the establishment of this website, it expected to be a tool for participatory planning through development forum (musrembang) based on the interests of citizens. In this website there is an accurate database on the profile of a rural/village.

The third form of cooperation aimed at joint research. Ismu said, with the joint research, it will form a social network. By social networking we can connect with some people, agencies, or organizations that can build prosperity. “The wider the network, the more possibility more prosperous,” he said.

The arrival of John Taylor put to good use by academicians Department PWK FTUB. The event begins with a discussion between John Taylor with lecturers, laboratium education institutions, and members of the laboratory. John Taylor, a graduate of Harvard University urban planner, continued by giving guest lectures and discussions with urban planning studio students and student of  studio city settlements. (and/mic)

“A” Accreditation for Urban and Regional Planning Department.

After carrying out a visitation on November 22 last year, the National Accreditation Board (BAN-PT) decides the accreditation score and rangking for undergraduate program of Regional & Town Planning (PWK) Faculty of Engineering, Universitas Brawijaya (FTUB) is “A”. The decision is contained in Decree No. 004 / SK / BAN-PT / Akred / S / I / 2015 which came into force on January 9, 2015 to January 9 2020. The Department founded in 1998 was previously accredited “B”. With this status, PWK UB Department became one of the members of the Association of Schools of Planning Indonesia (ASPI) with “A” accreditation in addition to ITB, UGM, and Diponegoro University.

According to the Head of the PWK Department, Dr. Ir. Abdul Wahid Hasyim, MSP., They have prepared this accreditation process over the last year. Starting with input from Prof. Dr Ir. Mohammad Bisri, MS who was then serving as Dean of the FT, the Department is committed to improving the accreditation of B to A.

“The hard works was already started by the previous leaders of the department, we only pick up the threads” he said.

Wahid said, one of the things that became the added point for BAN-PT’s assessment is the increasing number of international cooperation at the department. This the international program begun by establishing communication with the campus ever visited by lecturers taking an abroad study, one of which is Kyoto University, doctoral education campus of Secretary of the Department PWK, Ismu Rini Dwi Ari, MT., Ph.D. Provision of this agreement results into accreditation points.

“Department also supports the educators to actively take part in seminars both nationally and internationally, coordinated by the PWK’s Operational Head. Mr. Johannes (Johannes Parlindungan Siregar, ST., MT.),” He added.

Further Wahid said, in the future the department plan to enhance cooperation with overseas Universities. In addition, for the cooperation that has been formed the department will set up joint research team. Wahid added, existing collaborations also provide benefits to make it easy for lecturer who want to study abroad.

Meanwhile, a change in accreditation status is directly affecting the whole Civitas Academics. The one that is getting the direct influence are the alumni who applied for a job at the Ministry of Public Works (PU) in the City Spatial Planning. Ministry of Public Works Department requires that applicants come from the University with “A” accredited PWK department. A pride moment happened when alumni from PWK UB managed to set aside approximately 500 applicants from all over Indonesia and ranked first and fourth of the four applicants were accepted.

Not to forget, Wahid express gratitude both to colleagues in departments and FT-UBthat have provided physical and non-physical support that alleviate our spirit.

“we take the Department like our own home, so that every layer of our Academic Society wants to fight, including students and alumni. the infrastructure may progressing slowly, but still, the accomplishments should always be increasing, our achievements should not stop growing “he said. (And/emis)

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