Regional Development and Territorial Study
Regional development is a long-term evolution, which needs to consider the overall strategic approach of political, economic, spatial and social impact. Regional development is required to cope with local demands and territorial study, to inevitably adjust global conditions to local and cultural parameters. Groundwork for regional and territorial development needs to construct mechanisms of multi-layered design approaches by inviting key experts, by using innovative design tools, and circulating design process in an open and dialectic setting. At each stage a dynamic monitoring process is to be implemented whereby short-term adjustments are made and the socio-cultural context is assessed .
Strategic Blueprint and Capacity Building
The general objectives of the urban planning capacity building and urban based strategies are to enhance the capability of different stakeholders within regional development. This can be reached through recognition of the main developing strategies in relation to the diversity of players and resources within local conditions. Each variable or participant constitutes a whole operational unit to which the different taylor-made programs can be developed or adjusted, dependant on contextual demands.
The course aims to enhance the effectiveness of urban design in relation to the new challenges brought by the actual complexity of a ‘global’ urban dynamic, and in its wake the specific conditions of globalization. Main scientific themes under this approach include; sustainable mobility, urban landscapes, transformation and regeneration of the global metropolis.
Consultancy of Policy Making and Planning Strategy
Based on the IFoU network, IFOU CONSULTANCY brings together expertize from Europe and Asia. Special attention is given to the contextual aspects of individual countries and their associated planning cultures. We provide consultancy on policy making and planning strategy, supported by a research-by-design approach. Ultimately the services include actual planning schemes and design guidelines while the capacity building and training courses are meant to facilitate introduction and integration of the process within local capacity and its levels of implementation.
Sustainable Urban Planet
Sustainability remains a key concern of our time. The limited energy resources, greenhouse effects, rising sea levels, flooding caused by melting glaciers and the bareness caused by shifting climate zones are subjects of many international debates between politicians, scientists and professionals. Vast opportunity exists to improve the ecological conditions of cities by planning and designing the type and specificity of interventions. However, what is less recognized is how to combat social contradictions within the city and its extensive regions, especially regions caught between what is deemed as ‘rural’ and what is ‘urban’. For example, a key question remains the development of new and attractive housing types and whilst how to generate appropriate spatial conditions for social integration. For all these demands, it is crucial to cross the borders of disciplinary limitations and expert knowledge. To enable disciplinary collaboration, IFOU CONSULTANCY acts as a mediator who invites experts, and their multiple angles of expertise, to unify various knowledge sets, actors and design positions into the material and actual projects for the sustainable urban planet.
Urban Design and Master Planning
With regard to rapid urbanization, in particular in Asia and other developing countries, urban design and urban planning can be useful tools to mediate urban development. In reality, planning approaches were becoming more incoherent and fragmented as aspects of planning were increasingly defined by wider and highly complex range of issues. This inevitably led to the inability of translating classic modes of planning and their spatial models and system into a definable ‘blueprint’. The promotion of integral urbanism- including urban design and master planning, advocates a less object-oriental and more process-oriented understanding of the condition of urban space. In addition, planning approaches has to be able to adapt and absorb the ever-changing public sphere. Planning approaches should be a situation-specific mechanism in which planning seeks to find a diversity of solutions at different levels of scale.
Urban Renewal and Regeneration
Under the circumstances of rapid urban development, urban degradation should be one of the main concerns for Asian cities. Apart from the physical improvement and conservation, the socio-economic revitalization is an indispensable aspect within any strategy of urban regeneration. The European tradition of urban regeneration saw the development of local economy and job opportunities as part and parcel of early attempts to regenerate urban landscapes. Local business where directly involved in regenerative planning shifting the residential only focus to that of space of opportunity and business creation, bringing to bare the importance of both physical and non-physical measures and variables as part of urban regeneration strategies.