Connective Cities' regional dialogue event "Towards Green Urban Infrastructure in Asian Cities" took place in Bandung/Indonesia from the 19th till the 21st of November 2019. More than 25 urban practitioners from Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal and Germany participated and exchanged their experiences and good practices.
As Asia is one of the fastest growing urban regions in the world, it is in urgent need to optimize and benefit from the ongoing urbanisation as well as actively try to reduce any negative socioeconomic and environmental impacts. There is a fundamental necessity for Asian cities to adapt a greener (environmentally aware) development concepts of urban infrastructures through proper planning and management. The development of green cities is essential to ensure sustainable urbanisation, which also requires green urban infrastructure to provide public services for all and maintain the balance of the urban development impact.
There are a number of examples of green urban infrastructure, ranging from water management, green buildings, sanitation system, renewable energy, waste management, public space, etc. In many instances, cities already built some of the green urban infrastructure. However, the challenges related to accessibility and affordability remain.
As the Event took place on the campus of the ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology) within the Architecture and Planning Faculty, several inputs from researchers and faculty staff enriched the discussions to include a wider technical perspective on the importance of green infrastructures.
Dr. Sri Maryati, ITB
Fatina Toukan, GIZ
Dr. Ridwan Sutriadi, ITB
Devy Munir, APEKSI
Over the duration of the event participants showcased their best practices and discussed their ideas to improve, replicate or create further projects/initiatives. Based on the presented examples and the general fields of expertise of the participants, 3 topics were identified as priorities for the region: waste management, water conservation and green buildings. Working groups were formed to provide peer to peer exchange.
As an outcome of this event 10 project ideas were submitted for further evaluation. The connective Cities network was introduced to the participants as a knowledge exchange platform for future regional or global collaborations.
A detailed documentation of the event is expected to be available for download at the beginning of 2020.