UF DCP dean recognized for work in Indonesia
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Christopher Silver, dean of the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning, has been awarded a Ganesa Award by the Bandung Institute of Technology, or ITB, in Indonesia. To commemorate the 92nd anniversary of Indonesian Engineering Higher Education, ITB chose 18 recipients â€“ Silver being the only non-Indonesian — to receive this honor.
Silverâ€™s award recognizes his contributions and involvement with the ITB and Indonesia in higher education, specifically in the fields of urban and regional planning and development.
Silverâ€™s involvement began in 1989, serving on three separate occasions as a Fulbright Scholar, initially at the University of Indonesia and subsequently ITB. He continued his work as an urban policy advisor to the Indonesian Development Planning Board in Jakarta under a U.S. Agency for International Development project, during which he also served on masterâ€™s and doctoral committees at ITB.
Silver authored â€śPlanning the Megacity: Jakarta in the Twentieth Centuryâ€ť and has since published works on Indonesiaâ€™s decentralization and planning processes. With a three-year federal grant to promote a community-based planning process, Silver worked with colleagues at ITB on a successful decentralization program in Jatinangor, an emerging urban area near Bandung. Throughout his time at UF and previously while at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Silver developed faculty and student exchange programs with ITB, involving more than 24 Indonesian masterâ€™s and doctoral students in the field of urban and regional planning. He is researching the challenges of water management in Indonesian cities that will be explored in a forthcoming book, â€śFour Hundred Years of Water Management in Jakarta.â€ť
â€śThis unexpected recognition of my efforts to forge academic connections between U.S. and Indonesian urban scholars adds an accent mark to a relationship that has contributed so much to me and my family over more than two decades,â€ť Silver said. â€śI am so very honored by ITBâ€™s generous gesture.â€ť
Silver will receive the award from ITBâ€™s rector at the opening ceremony of the PlanoCosmo International Conference on Oct. 8, where he also will serve as a keynote speaker.