What is “Eco-Cultural Solo?” Ask a Student Designer…
By Michael Haggerty
Congratulations to Sella Chintia Dev – a volunteer with Solo Kota Kita in 2009 and 2010 – whose design team was awarded first prize today in the “Eco-Cultural Solo” competition. Sella worked with other students from Universitas Salebas Maret and community leaders from the Jagalan neighborhood to present ideas about how to improve public spaces along local riverbanks.
The competition was sponsored by Dinas Tata Ruang Kota – Solo’s spatial planning department – and matched architecture and planning students with Lurahs (neighborhood leaders) and community organizations. Twenty-two neighborhoods submitted entries and the winning project will be implemented with city funding next year.
We really support the spirit of this design competition – it provides important experiences in community service for young designers and planners and creates of culture of sustainability among residents in Solo’s neighborhoods, where “eco-cultural” gets its start.