Panel Discussion on deCoding Asian Urbanism

March 3, 2022

Panel discussion was held at the Helms Design Center that elicited conversation about the issues raised by DAU. What happens to cultural identity in the face of such extreme change and what can designers do to recreate a sense of place? Does the extreme density of Asian cities represent the future for all growing cities?

Frances Anderton led a dialogue with Farooq Ameen, Bangladesh-born architect, planner and creator of DAU; Astrid Haryati, Indonesian-born architect, planner and past deputy on public policy for Indonesia’s Minister of Trade; and Kulapat Yantrasast, Thailand-born architect and thought-leader in the fields of architecture, art, and sustainable design.

Farooq Ameen is the founding principal of City Design Studio, an architecture and urban design practice based in Los Angeles, with projects in Asia, Europe and the US. He has held academic appointments at SCI-Arc (LA /Lugano) and Cal Poly among others. Ameen is a Board Member at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum and the Council for Open Building. He received a Master of Architecture from UCLA. He is co-curator of the DAU exhibition and the related publication with Kenneth Frampton and Ken Yeang.

Kulapat Yantrasast is a thought-leader in the fields of architecture, art, and sustainable design. Originally from Thailand and now based in Los Angeles and New York, he is the founding partner and Creative Director of WHY, a multidisciplinary design practice. WHY, an AD100 Firm since 2019, has engaged in major museum projects including the Rockefeller Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the expansion of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. In 2009, Yantrasast received the Silpathorn Award for Design from Thailand’s Ministry of Culture for outstanding achievement and notable contributions to Thai contemporary arts and culture.

Astrid Haryati is an architect, planner and the founder of TERRA LUMEN, an architecture studio based in Jakarta, Bandung, and Beverly Hills with a focus on placemaking in urban and natural settings. She previously served as deputy on sustainable strategies for the Mayors of Chicago and San Francisco and as deputy on public policy for Indonesia’s Minister of Trade. Her commercial and non-profit initiatives include award-winning nationwide and community-based projects in the US, Indonesia, and Turkey among others such as for sea turtle beach communities in the coral triangle region and Indonesia’s informal STEAM education.