HABITechno will focus on technological innovations. Including their diffusion and adoption that response contemporary challenges in the public housing development in developing countries. The innovations ranges from “hard technologies” (e.g., appropriate building technology) to “soft technologies” (e.g., institutional aspects), primarily in relation to achieve sustainable urbanization.

The Second International Seminar of HABITechno 2015 on


Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, 11 November 2015

School of Architecture, Planning, and Policy Development Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) will hold the 2nd International Seminar of HABITechno with the theme of: “Public Housing and Technological Innovations for Sustainable Urbanization”.

This biennial seminar will focus on technological innovations, and their diffusion and adoption, that can respond to contemporary challenges in the development of public housing in developing countries, ranging from “hard technologies” (e.g. appropriate building technology) to “soft technologies” (e.g. institutional aspects) primarily in relation to achieve sustainable urbanization.


Based on UN-Habitat’s data, today, more than 50 percent of the world populations live in urban areas. In 2050, the figure is estimated to grow to 66 percent. Cities become magnets that trigger urbanization owing to the globally common conception that a city can offer better livelihood and better chance for the improvement of people’s economy compared to rural areas.

A city’s growing population can offer great potential for the development of not just the city itself, but also the respective nation. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of most nations is derived from cities, thus provides large investments and job opportunities. Several cities in the world have successfully benefited from urbanization as a means for development by implementing the proper policy, technology, and management. On the other hand, such rapid growth can also become a boomerang for development if it is not properly managed and accommodated by the state, since urbanization may also be acting as a vehicle to relocate poverty from rural areas to cities. The number of poor people living in urban areas has also resulted in an increase in urban slum areas, especially in developing countries. According to an estimate by UN-Habitat in 2012, there were approximately 850 million urban dwellers living in slums, with an estimated 500 million of the number living in Asia Pacific cities.

Some of the housing problems generated from rapid urbanization in urban areas, among others, are the increasing needs for new housing, the scarcity of available land for housing developments, which will lead to the competition for land and the increasing number of squatter and slum settlements, which further have degraded the environmental quality in urban areas and increased land conversion in the suburbs (mainly productive lands). These issues need to be addressed and responded positively for more sustainable urban housing and settlements.

Sustainable development cannot be realized without sustainable urbanization. The UN-Habitat defines sustainable urbanization as a framework for managing urban growth so that the benefits can be equitably distributed to both urban and rural populations, especially to the marginalized and vulnerable groups, without compromising the resources necessary for the survival and development of future generation. There are 6 (six) components of sustainable urbanization posing simultaneously as issues, challenges, and future urban agenda: (1) urban demography, (2) land and urban planning, (3) environment and urbanization, (4) urban governance and legislation, (5) urban economy, and (6) housing and basic services. To answer those urban problems and challenges, there are three pillars of sustainable urbanization and development: economic sustainability, social sustainability and environmental sustainability through good planning, governance, and management.

Innovative Solutions for Urban Issues by means of Innovations in Public-Housing Technology to achieve Sustainable Urbanization

One of the main challenges in achieving sustainable urbanization is finding an answer on how urban settlements can contribute to social, economic, and environmental sustainability on the local, national, and global scale. This challenge must be responded positively and proactively in order to achieve a more sustainable housing and human settlement developments.

HABITechno will become a part of this response. This year, ‘Public Housing and Technological Innovations for Sustainable Urbanization’ will be the theme of the seminar. Housing is one of the components to achieve sustainable urbanization. For the urban context, where the main problems are limited availability of land and high land price so that land is unaffordable to the urban lower income class, meeting the needs of housing for urban areas affected by urbanization will determine the sustainability of the urbanization. Housing for the masses is one of the solutions for the fulfillment of these needs, and can be a strategic point for sustainable urbanization due to its significant role in the urban changes. Through public housing, the government can accommodate the need for adequate and affordable housing for low income class in urban areas whilst also simultaneously directing it to achieve the goals of sustainable urbanization.

Developing countries, such as Indonesia, have adopted the public housing concept as a solution to provide houses, especially for low-income people in urban areas, as a means to meet the needs of new housing and as a form of eradication of urban slums.

In order to achieve sustainable urbanization, there needs to be innovative and sustainable solutions for the development of public housing. This seminar is expected and designed for the participants to discuss and learn each other technological innovations of public housing for sustainable urbanization, ranging from hard technology, such as appropriate building technology, to soft technology, such as innovative institutional schemes in the implementation of public housing.

Nonetheless, a solution, whether in the form of product, service, or idea, can only become innovative once it has been widely accepted and implemented continuously by the community. A diffusion process is needed so that an innovation can be adopted by society. Diffusion, in this instance, is a means of spreading the result of innovation into a social system. With that in mind, this seminar will be a forum for discussing innovations in public housing as well as issues on how to diffuse, spread, and implement innovation to the society. The process of diffusion and adoption is a relevant aspect that can be learned and discussed, especially considering the deep relation between the social and economic dimension of public housing and the diffusion and adoption process of innovations.

Some countries, especially developing countries, have already applied the public housing program to meet the demand for affordable urban houses. A portion of those countries underwent failures in the application of the program before finally gaining success. The failures and successes experienced are valuable sources of knowledge in developing innovative solutions in the development of public housing. These knowledge are expected to be obtained through this upcoming HABITechno.

With the above background, the seminar is expected to discuss three major correlating points intended to be in the corridor towards sustainable urbanization:

Technological innovations of public housing developments which cover various aspects ranging from hard technologies to soft technologies such as institutions.
Experiences in diffusing technological innovations in public housing developments, and
Experiences in adopting technological innovations into public housing developments, from the problems faced in adopting the innovations to the successes gained, and the benefits for the present and the next generation.

Innovations, diffusion, and adoption cannot be obtained by one party alone. Cooperation, collaboration, even a social process is important for an innovation. A city itself is formed by the accumulation of various decision making processes. In order to obtain innovative solutions for urban problems, everyone from the government, practitioners, industries, to academics must play a role. Therefore, other than as a forum to discuss a discourse, another goal of HABITechno is to build a network between several parties which can be represented by the participants of this International seminar.

HABITechno will present several key speakers from government, practitioners, industries, and academic communities from several countries with deep knowledge and experience working in the development of public housing in urban areas. HABITechno also invites academic communities from universities and other research institutions, as well as from various disciplines, to submit papers based on academic research for this seminar in order to share knowledge with others.

Based on the theme: ‘Public Housing and Technological Innovations for Sustainable Urbanization’, this seminar will have four topics. Each will be divided into a number of sub-topics that can still be developed in line with the context of the innovations which could be emerge from each of the participants. The topics are as follows:

Institutional innovations for public housing development

Land provision for housing
Integration of housing with urban spatial plan
Funding, financing scheme, and scheme for the mobilization of other resources
Integration of housing delivery with construction industries and housing industrialization

Innovations for building technology and management of public housing development

Innovation in Housing production system
Technology to increase the supply of public housing for improving the existing housing stock
The application of appropriate and environmental friendly design and methods of technology, building materials, construction engineering
Technology for public housing located in areas with specific situations such as natural disaster prone areas (potential to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, etc),
Innovations in management for sustainable public housing
Construction management
Facility Management
Innovations for the formulation of building codes

Innovative public housing design for quality environment

Issue based design: urban slum improvement, high density living, design for social integration
Cases on Building life cycle estimation
Designs to respond housing mobility/career

Innovations in implementing social and economic approaches to the development of public housing

funding and financing by community
community participation in the development of housing and human settlement
slum and squatter improvement
Affordability Strategy

Abstract Submission:

Those wishing to present papers at the international seminar are invited to send a 300 words of abstract (Arial 11 font, single-spaced, no images, MS-Word document with Abstract Title as File-Name) and send it to habitechno@ar.itb.ac.id or mail@habitechno.info by 12 June 2015.

Abstract should follow this order:

a) title of abstract, b) author(s), c) affiliation, d) email address, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords

E-mails should entitle: 2nd HABITechno Abstract Submission_Author’s name.

Paper Submission:

Abstracts received will be reviewed by the Reviewers Panel, and Authors will be notified of the results. Should an Abstract be selected, the Author will be invited to send a full version of the Paper and submit online at http://habitechno.info by Online Conference Management System (Easy Chair) by 28th August 2015. Submit the paper in the form of soft copy (both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF document).

Due to the limitation of tracks, 8 – 10 papers will be selected to be presented at the seminar, while other selected papers will be compiled in the proceedings book and will be exhibited in the form of posters during the seminar.


International Seminar Participants will receive Kum IAI: 18

Paper entries will be published in a few publications, including:

Abstract Book
Selected paper would be published on ITB Proceeding with ISBN

Early Bird: 28 August 2015 (28/08/2015)
Abstract Submission deadline: 12 June 2015 (12/06/2015)
Notification of Abstract acceptance: 3 July 2015 (03/07/2015)
Full Paper Submission deadline: 28 August 2015 (28/08/2015)
Notification of Full Paper acceptance: 25 September 2015 (25/09/2015)
Revised Full Paper submission: 23 October 2015 (23/10/2015)

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Protocoler Titiek Savitrie, MT.
Logistic Tubagus Muhammad Aziz Soelaiman, MA.

HABITechno will invite several key speakers from government, practitioners, industries, and academic communities from several countries with deep knowledge and experience working in the development of public housing in urban areas to share and discuss their success experience and/or problems confronted during the process of diffusing and adopting innovative solutions related to public housing development.

HABITechno also invites academic communities from universities and other research institutions, as well as from various disciplines, to submit papers based on academic research for this seminar in order to share knowledge with others. Due to time limitation, only 8 – 10 papers will be selected to be presented at the seminar, while other selected papers will be compiled in the proceedings book and will be exhibited in the form of posters during the seminar.
Keynote Speakers

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