A reflection of BUDD Camp 2016

Having an opportunity in a BUDD Camp Brescia 2016 seems like a great occasion for me. It was not only expanding my understanding to the current urban issue but also, my first real experience working in the ground field. After a series of discourses during our class in MSc Building Urban Design in Development, the camp acted as a breakthrough toward real cases and knowledge implementation. Starting to develop myself into a critical practitioner, our time in Brescia has given an experience how does developing practitioner work under the pressure of time, quality of output, team collaboration, and reflecting our notions. Working with the issue of migrants and how we can imply our interventions toward critical and alternative future scenarios is a challenging yet interesting at the same time.


Urbanism can be shown to be a temporary-centric based on historically urban phenomena and urban forms of integration in a specific time. Thus, an integrated plan for a temporal urban condition should be a system of interlinked actions which seeks to bring better intervention within the city in a whole.

Our design intervention is trying to recalibrate the perception to “un-unknown” through familiarity approaches. It will be navigated by a series of interlinked interactions within space and highlighted neutral and universal tactics as the main concept. Our group reflection regarding the issue of migrants once again proofed that urban design on a physical thing is not the only solution. Urban design can be an essential trajectory of understanding the place, human, and social components. Perceiving phenomenology of the site and finding a critical and alternative solution from current capitals is a vital step toward design interventions. Also, we have to learn how to recognize and expand on the phenomenological aspects of a place and actors throughout the time (the past, present, and future) analysis to develop appropriate strategies in urban challenges. In term of the migrant issue, urban design should be able to make a further contribution to be an agent of social change. In this regard, urban design also should synchronize between planning consideration to future scenarios. In so doing, we must keep in mind that cross-disciplinary approach to overcome the problems will be better. To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee is the example how this narrative can incrementally build our notion to gain better solution in Brescia afterward. We also tried to imply the Six Memos for the Next Millennium, a book based on a series of a lecture written by Italo Calvino. As a reflection, what we did in Brescia has developed our understanding of the role of the practitioner in the developing world. It also makes a big curiosity to the next stage of our final term in Cambodia.


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