Universitas Islam Indonesia collaborated with The University of Nottingham, supported by British Council and Newton Fund Researcher Links, co-hosted by Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta and Dukuh Institut are proudly present an international Workshop on R-Urban Initiative (WRUI) which will be held on November 30th  2016 till December 4th, 2016 in Yogyakarta. This workshop also gets support from local and national bodies, like Desa Wisata Linggo, Desa Wisata Rambeanak and The Institution of Engineers Indonesia.

We would like to invite researchers, bureaucrats, R-urban planners and academicians to participate in this workshop. The British Council will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including travel, accommodation and meals.

The term R-Urban or Rurban is increasingly being used to represent the challenges and conflicts between urbanization and its impact upon smaller often traditionally rural communities in both developed and developing countries. As long ago as 2007, the term Rurban was used for a design studio at the AA School of Architecture in London. More recently from 2011-2015, the term R-URBAN was used by an EU Life 10 Programme supported project: R-URBAN – participative strategy of development, practices and networks of local resilience for European cities, for detail about this project please click on this link  (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/project/Projects/index.cfm?fuseaction=search.dspPage&n_proj_id=3965#PD).

The Indian Government’s Ministry of Rural Development also articulate these challenges in their National Rurban Mission (http://www.narendramodi.in/pm-modi-at-the-launch-of-national-rurban-mission-in-rajnandagaon-chhattisgarh–414880). The term has also been adopted for projects across the world, including Brazil, Canada, Finland, etc. and in Indonesia specifically, the term derives from the commonly used phrase ‘desa-kota’ roughly translated as ‘rural-urban’. Further detail about R-Urban could be found through this link.

This workshop will focus on how development in ‘R-Urban’ (small and medium size urban) environments can improve the capability of researchers in urban development and planning to mediate between the two key stakeholders (planning authority and community); the translation of urban planning policy into practical and operational plans; the empowerment of the community and neighbourhood as significant key players in the environment and development process (in terms of power and knowledge); the empowerment of urban development practitioners and urban development authorities (skills and knowledge); ‘small urban design level’ development: neighbourhood, community, and urban environment; and ‘implementation guidance’ development (directly connecting urban planning, development and the community).

For further information related to this workshop, kindly visit this website http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/environment-people-and-design/newsandevents/events/adopting-an-r-urban-model.aspx