Studying in the BUDD made me to rethink the actual role of an urban planner or designer comparing it in China. In China, the most important things in urban construction all base on the physical design. In the meanwhile, few urban construction projects in China were introduced the participatory process in processes. This pattern takes many benefits for China, such as high efficiency construction speed and high efficiency economic development. It brought the mythic development speed both in the urban construction and economic development. However, It is dangerous to sacrifice the social and ecological aspects to acquire the economic benefits. Many serious problems which this pattern brought have already appeared and destroyed the stabilization of China cities. (poor people burn themselves in slum regeneration to fight for their right, serious PM 2.5 in industrial cities) In the meanwhile, the urban designer and planner almost play the GOD role in urban issues which have made many ridiculous projects that can not correct in a short time with affordable money. (community regeneration projects made the farmers whose land and houses are taken by the urban construction become the new group in bottom of society)
The three weeks’ studying in BUDD made me realize the urban designer and planner should be connector to every interest groups with our knowledge and not a decision maker only using our knowledge without communication with the interest group (specially the weak interest group). in the group work, I was surprised that every one put the social issues at the first aims. the physical design become a tool to achieve the social goals. It touch the essence of urban planning and design which I have not noticed in the past studying period. In the film I posted, it really can give me a light to discover my future career planning. However, I think BUDD may focus too narrow that most projects are relative to the slum. Development is not only for the slum and poor people, but also a lot of important issues should be added our projects. In my experience, urban agriculture is one great issues to link with our project. food (agriculture) always is the essential issue for the society. As the secondary and third industries development, the first industry have been the essential but weak aspect in the urban area. Food only is transported from the rural area which increase the Carbon release and price. For the poor people, they may have to cost most of their family income for the food. they have the ability to plant their food but no place and policies for them to plant in many countries.
At last, I would like to thanks for my team members for their great works and patience for my poor speaking.