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Dedes Nur Gandarum


By the year 2050, urbanization makes 70% of the global population expected to live in cities, and creates strong pressure for cities to provide livable solutions, to create human-centered cities with a genuine consideration for the environment. The two very important keywords are “livable” and “human-centered”. It means that local knowledge should play the most important role in creating human-centered livable urban space. The nature of livable urban space and its related local knowledge, thereby, should be appropriately explored or inquired. Based on the characteristic of local knowledge as a collection of facts related to the entire system of concepts, beliefs and perceptions that people hold about the world around them, one basic questions relevant to the science of “livable urban space” is which inquiry paradigm be the most appropriate pradigm to comme to that science. Deciding to take one posture of various inquiry paradigms will guide the inquirer to come to a certain finding or answer. This working paper is about option for inquiry, about options among the paradigms or basic belief systems that guide action/inquiry to understand the meaning of livable urban space and its related local knowledge. Using inquiry paradigms characterized by Guba as analysis tools, literature based discussion in this paper concludes that the nature livable urban space and its related local knowledge can be understood from vorious inquiry paradigms, including constructivictic inquiry paradigm. Take the constructivist posture, which beliefs that there can be many constructions, including various inquiry paradigms, which can not be rejected out of hand, thereby, could be understood that there is no foundational way to choose among various constructions of inquiry paradigms proposed by reasonable and well-intentioned person, except the inquirer’s belief.

Keywords: inquiry paradigm, understanding, livable, urban space, local knowledge 



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Dedes Nur Gandarum, Department of Architecture Faculty of Civil Engineering and Planning Trisakti University



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