Sri Lanka Urban Planning & Design Studio
The Sri Lanka Urban Planning & Design Studio brought together Masters students and staff from Monash Urban Planning and Design with three other Australian universities in partnership with the Town and Country Planning Department at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka to engage in an intensive urban planning studio.
The study tour provided a unique opportunity for students in both countries to collaboratively engage in an immersive planning experience, developing essential skills and knowledge while reflecting on different cultural and institutional practices.
Teams of Sri Lankan and Australian students worked on planning and design projects related to a multifaceted set of housing issues in and around the city of Galle. This included a study of post-tsunami resettlement housing and tourism gentrification in the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort.
Students also participated in workshops and lectures with the Urban Development Authority, Sri Lanka; the City of Galle Planning Department; Galle Fort Heritage Planning Agency; and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade First Secretary of Development Cooperation, Sri Lanka and Maldives.