About Great Asian Streets Symposium (GASS)

The Great Asian Streets Symposium (GASS) was initiated in 2001 at the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University
of Singapore (NUS). In response to the long-standing and dire lack of truly Asian perspectives in the literature and research of Asian cities, GASS aimed
to establish an Asian-rooted center of excellence to foster, both regionally and internationally, exchange and communication of ideas and studies within
this field.

Over the past decade, GASS has successfully shared and integrated cutting-edge debates and discussions on many problems and challenges that confront
Asian cities, such as traffic congestion, air pollution, social segregation, environmental degradation, and slum proliferation. On this basis, the GASS community
has also created a significant knowledge base, with exemplary policies and design practices that have effectively addressed these issues for resilient,
sustainable, and livable cities.

The first symposium, held on 18 and 19 January 2001, provided an engaging discussion platform for urban researchers and professionals committed
to the study of streets and public spaces in Asia. In the following year, the 2nd GASS brought together an even greater number of participants with
high-quality papers and cutting-edge discussion. By then, the Great Asian Streets Symposium had become popular as a veritable public space and forum
for studies of Asian cities. Selected papers from the first and second symposiums were published as an edited volume.

The 3rd GASS took place in December 2004. The expanded theme was, “Street, Urban Space and Representation”. In this third gathering, the GASS hosted
more than 100 participants from all over of the world, including both academics and practitioners, to share and exchange their works and ideas. While
researchers and scholars presented a variety of historical, social, and morphological investigations into Asian streets and the associated manifestations of
life, renowned practitioners focused on cutting-edge planning, urban design, and architecture practice of streets and public spaces in Asia.

The 4th GASS, held in December 2006, addressed a broader theme, “Reclaiming the City.” The focus was on reshaping the built environments, re-appropriating
of public spaces in our cities, and regaining vitality of urban life. The 5th GASS took place in December 2008 at the usual location—Department of
Architecture, National University of Singapore. This gathering proposed a provocative string of themes, “FUTURE | ASIAN | SPACE”, and was highly successful.
It played an important role as a catalyst for constructive and creative thinking about Asian cities in the 21st century.

The 6th GASS, held in December 2014, themed “Asian Urban Places”, aimed to enhance the understanding of urbanity of Asian streets and public spaces. This sixth reunion aspired to investigate underlying urban transformation processes, discuss contemporary professional experiences and best practices, and explore future visions, design ideas, and planning strategies for Asian cities in a new era.

The 7th GASS, held in December 2016, themed "Crossroads: Asian streets in the dynamics of change", asked what roles streets could and should play to cope with the pressing challenges in the rapid and intense urbanisation process, which is imperative for achieving a sustainable urban future in Asia.

The 8th GASS, to be held in December 2018, with the theme "Emerging Civic Urbanisms / Designing for Social Impact" aims to bring together academics, practitioners and students from the three networks in Asia (Great Asian Streets Symposium), Pacific Rim (Pacific Rim Community Design Network) and the U.S. (Design Corps and SEED Network) to share multiple perspectives on Emerging Civic Urbanisms and Designing for Social Impact.

About Pacific Rim Community Design Network

The Pacific Rim Community Design Network was launched following a working conference at University of California, Berkeley in 1998. The purpose of the conference was to provide the practitioners and scholars working in the field of participatory design and planning across the Pacific Rim region with an opportunity to share and compare each other's experiences and advance their practice and research. Through subsequent conferences and joint projects, the network has provided a vehicle for collaboration and mutual support, as well as a forum for comparative understanding of community design in the fast changing political and social context of the Pacific Rim. Network members now span from Asia to North America, in countries including Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

For more information, visit http://prcdnet.org/about-us/

About Design Corps and the SEED Network

Design Corps was founded in 1991 with a mission to create positive change in traditionally underserved communities by using design, advocacy, and education to help them shape their environment and address their social, economic, and environmental challenges. Our mission is realized when people are involved in the decisions that shape their lives. Design Corps’ programs, including the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network and SEED Evaluator, bring the skills sets of design and planning to empower communities. Established in 2005, the SEED Network provides a common standard to guide, evaluate and measure the social, economic, and environmental impact of design. SEED is premised on the belief that design can play a vital role in the most critical issues that face communities and individuals, in crisis and in every day challenges. To accomplish this, the SEED process guides professionals to work alongside locals who know their community and its needs. This practice of “trusting the local” is increasingly recognized as a highly effective way to sustain the health and longevity of a place or a community as it develops. Structures for Inclusion is an annual conference organized by Design Corps.

For more information, visit https://designcorps.org and http://www.seednetwork.org.

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