The Nippon Foundation Fellowships for Asian Public Intellectuals


Date & Time: February 15, 2013 16:00-17:30

Venue: Small Meeting Room Ⅱ (Room No. 331),
     Inamori Foundation Memorial Bldg., CSEAS, Kyoto University

Moderator: Prof. Yoko Hayami (CSEAS, Kyoto University)

By Wara Urwasi
Architect and Researcher

“Cultural Landscape Urban Design: Preserving Local Identity in the Global Environment – Case Studies of Japanese Cities”

 The interdependency of nature and people is the foundation for production of indigenous knowledge that creates the system of cultural landscapes, which are rich reservoirs of practices on sustainable development. Furthermore, international recognition confirms the importance of expanding cultural landscape concept to a broader application in the contemporary urban setting. Cities in Asia have the potential to be role models of development with their traditional wisdom, histories and way of life manifested in city physicality. However, the rapid development of Asian cities in chasing of ‘modernity’ often resulted in the alienation of new urban landscape and degenerated sense of place.

 Urban design, as the art of place-making for people, offers mechanism for engagement of community towards its environment. By exploring the practices in Japanese cities of Kyoto, Osaka and Nara through related regulation and advisory tools, community collaboration and interpretation of urban experiences, the project aims to construct urban design principles with cultural landscape orientation. This presentation will provide preliminary findings of identified urban factors, which have to be fulfilled in order to maintain the continuity of historical interactions between human and nature, together with the challenges and opportunities which shield Japanese urban landscape.

Brief Introduction of Wara Urwasi
 Wara Urwasi gained her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi in 2011. She is currently establishing her own architectural and urban research studio (A.U.R.A) in Bali, Indonesia. She has involved in social activities including Asian Project Management Leaders for Climate Change in British Council Organization, Bali Creative Community, and also a member of Indonesian Institute of Architects. Her research interests include landscape urbanism, ritual in the city, along with architectural and urban history particularly in Asia and Middle East cities.