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Collaborative Research on Public Planning Gateway
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Environmental audit, evaluation and rating systems have become a widely accepted way of improving urban environment through giving standard of quality. Standards such as Housing Quality Indicators (HQI) or BRE’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREAAM) in UK, ‘green’ indicators such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in the USA or GREENSHIP in Indonesia have been adopted to ‘measure’ built environment or building quality. Despite widely used and believed to be reliable, question can still raised whether those indicators do really help urban administrator and planner in planning process. Moreover, those standards and indexes are basically for planned area leaving the informal – incremental developed urban area or housing neighborhood in under-evaluated let alone planned one.

This research attempts to outline an experimental approach through developing a procedural theory of planning and instruments related to that procedure for informal – incremental developed built environment (urban area, community housing, neighborhood). The system will comprise a core instrument of participative – network based evaluation / planning for built environment in various scales. The instrument consists of perceptual parameters evaluation and physical parameter evaluation. The first is being develop by our research team in the UII. This instrument will use neighborhood as unit of analysis to which to which can also be called as “IKLIM” or Indeks Kualitas Lingkungan Permukiman (Built Environment Quality Index of Housing). The second is being developed by our research partner in the State University of New York at Buffalo under the lead of Prof. Marc Bohlen. This system – called “AirKami” system of evaluation – utilizes biosensors network to evaluate water quality of community’s water wells to give nearly real time input of environmental quality data.

Both of evaluation instruments will be collaborated and developed as integrated systems of index and data in a “Rumah Data Publik” or “Public Data House” which plays as a foundation for participative – network based planning. The portal of the planning system itself will be called, at this moment, “Gerbang Rencana Masyarakat” or “Community Planning Gateway”. The overall procedure will presumably a new approach in the realm of urban planning and design.

The research has been conducted since 2012 and will be experimentally implemented in 2013.

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