From February 17 – 29 this year already our third Summer School programme took place, hosted and organised by our friends from Thailand. After the summer schools in Philippine and Cambodia on urban driving forces, this conference has been the first one with the new focus on Urban Coherence. In the first part, which was held in Bangkok, the experts bridged the gap between the theoretical concept and practice on urban coherence in Thailand, followed by the second part in Chiang Mai with intensive discussions, contributions and exchange of experiences from all over Southeast Asia leading to the development of the coherence and cohesion definition which ends up as a marvellous “pizza”.
In this 8th edition of our newsletter series we like to provide you a reflection and report of the Summer School activities created by Rini and Didit, a mosaic of funny photo impressions that shows the warm relationship and cooperation among the international participants, an overview of new participants, as well as the discussion guidelines on “The Challenges of Urban Coherence” from Prof. Frauke Kraas. You will find a review in and around ForUm network activities in 2007 from Hung and Christine, a report about “exchange by internship” and two valuable book references. And last but not least you will find a page with “Groups of Interest”, listed in Thailand and which is still open for other members of the ForUm to join.
Following our publication on “Urban Driving Forces” a new one on “Urban Coherence” is being prepared accommodate the contributions and issues from the experts. And also our Thai colleagues thinking about a special Thai book with collected material and ideas of the last SS with open opportunities from other experts.
Likewise, in the wider global context, the summer school provided a continuing process on learning to fulfil our global responsibility and contribution to a sustainable urban development. The next SS 2008 on the issue of urban coherence will be held in October-November 2008 in Vietnam. It is our strong believe that the ForUm network and its expertise in the long run will contribute awareness and consciousness worldwide for a better urban future.
Sampai jumpa di Vietnam (see you all in Vietnam).
We are glad having the chance to contribute to the network communication – now it’s your turn, please enjoy.
All the best
the Indonesian Group
Forum Newsletter No8 2008.pdf