18 August 2009, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Since the beginning of our existance, we have tried to manipulate the immediate physical space around us in which we live in for our life necessities. Firstly for shelter and security, then for reasons of functions of livelihood, and then for social status and aesthetics. The way we manipulate the space around us – intentionally planned or unintentionally created, by a single architect/planner/designer or by social consensus – develops through time in accordance to civilization, the development of science, the transformation of social systems, the improvement of technology, and the changing moods of aesthetics. It is in man’s humane instincts to always have the need to improve and advance, creating something that is much better than the present, and improving the immediate space around us where we live is a must.
The creation and analysis of better quality physical space for living is not only done by one single field of study, it is a multi complex task, involving the creation and analysis of socio-economic, cultural, technological, spatial and environmental aspects of physical space, and considering whether these new ideas from different fields of view will positively be beneficial towards human civilization. With current world-scale problems such as global warming, endemic of new diseases, social and economical disparity, and so much more, it is hoped that even the smallest change or improvement that we make on the physical environment may become the change we seek towards a better quality of life in the future.
This International Seminar which is supported by the collaboration of Department of Architecture and Planning, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia and Uzo Nishiyama Memorial Library, Japan, hopes to discuss together the relevant strategies regarding these matters. The wide scope of topics is hoped to encourage participants from a wide range of fields to share a common ground relating to making space for a better quality of living.

“Making Space for a Better Quality of Living”
Conference participants are welcome to discuss on any subject within the scope of the main theme. Sub topics that are relevant include:
– Socio-economic aspects of built environment (keywords: inhabitants, activities, environmental psychology, housing strategies, environmental strategies), adaptation, revitalization)
– Cultural aspects of built environment (keywords: local context, activities, history, conservation/revitalization)
– Technological aspects of built environment (keywords:  structural system, building material, infrastructure)
– Spatial aspects of built environment (keywords: land use, circulation, transportation, boundary, zoning, management)
– Environmental aspect of built environment (keywords: ecology, thermal comfort, landscape, healthy environment)

The Organizing committee kindly invites students, academics, researchers, professi0nals, government officials, policy practitioners, community groups. NGOs, and other parties interested.

> Abstract submission                  : 29 June 2009
> Abstract announcement          : 1 July 2009
> Full paper submission              : 3 August 2009
> Seminar date                                : 18 August 2009

Abstract format max. 500 words
Font: Arial 9, single space
Abstract submission to be addressed to:


Assoc. Prof. Aya Kubota
Urban Design, Tokyo University

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bakti Setiawan, MA
Department of Architecture, Gadjah Mada University


Prof.  Yoshimitsu Shiozaki, Dr-Eng.
Uzo Nishiyama Memorial Library, Japan

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Syed Zainol Abidin Idid
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Prof. Ir. Edy Darmawan, M.Eng
Dept. of Architecture, Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia

Dr. M.R. Djarot Sadharto, Msc.
Dept. of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

*) Invited discussants under confirmation

Hall K-1, Second Floor, Dept. of Architecture and Planning, Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University
Jl. Grafika no. 2, Sekip, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Fees for participants and presenters:
Indonesian Citizens        : Rp. 250.000,-
Indonesian Students      : Rp. 150.000,-
Non-Indonesian Citizens              : US$ 200
*Includes lunch and conference kit.


– Bank transfer                  :Bank BCA Acc. no.: 0372807049 (Acc. name: Satrio Utomo Dradjat)
– On arrival

Ahmad Sarwadi
+62 815 7814 2136

Satrio Dradjat
+62 858 6833 6066

Dept of Architecture and Planning,
Faculty of Engineering, Gadjah Mada University
Jl. Grafika no.2, Sekip, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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