We Make Yangon - Talk Series

In this series curated by Doh Eain, people from Myanmar and the region will present ‘placemaking’ ideas and initiatives that improve the city and the lives of its residents. The series seeks to connect Yangon more deeply to the global movement of community centred urban design and placemaking, discuss how co-design with communities and placemaking can help build better cities, and create a platform where residents are inspired to get involved in positive actions. 

#1 - Designing Spaces for Social Interactions

The first talk in this series was about Designing Spaces for Social Interactions by the Danish Architect, Anne Marie Galmstrup from the design firm Galmstrup

#2 - Why Does Placemaking Matter?

The second talk in this series was about how Think City is rejuvenating George Town and Kuala Lumpur by improving shared spaces and activating them with events; and what the impact of these interventions are on the liveability of these cities. This short talk was followed by a Q&A session.

#3 - Screening the documentary "Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City"

In this third edition in the series We Make Yangon, we screened the documentary Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City (Matt Tyrnauer, 2016). Afterwards we had a short discussion about what we could learn from this documentary when it comes to the development of Yangon and other cities in Myanmar.

#4 - "Walkability"

In this fourth edition in the series We the City – Making Yangon, we screened 2 Ted Talks by walkability expert Jeff Speck. Afterward, we had a short discussion about what places in Yangon should be prioritized when improving walkability. Then several groups created a more pedestrian friendly design for these places based on the suggestions by Jeff Speck. Here you can find the first and second ted talk.

#5 - Inclusive Design

In this fifth edition in the series We Make Yangon, we talked more about how we could build a better city for people in Yangon. This time focusing on creating an inclusive Yangon, that provide opportunities for all its residents disrespectful of age, gender, socio-economic status, ethnic background, religion etc. Joyce Chou shared her expertise on how to ensure inclusive design and how we recognize exclusion. The talk was followed on a short Q&A

#6 - Air Quality

In this edition we discussed Yangon’s recent poor quality of air, the main causes for air pollution, and the effects of air pollution on health. Ways to improve the air quality were discussed by taking an urban design perspective. This edition had 4 contributors.

First, Kirt Page from Connect University presented on the Air Quality Yangon Project of Connect University students, who are motivated to raise the awareness about air pollution in Yangon by making  air quality measurements publicly available. He discussed how air quality is measured. Second, Jim Powers, a business software developer talked about how the data from the Air Quality Yangon Project is being analysed. Followed by Theo Bodin, a physician and researcher in occupational and environmental medicine, discussed the effects of poor air on public health. Finally, Beverley Salmon, architect and deputy director of Doh Eain discussed ways in which better urban design can reduce air pollution.