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Editorial Vol 40 No4 2015

By : Nicholas Wilkinson


These are Working, Learning and Living. The first and last of Working and Living have been addressed in some of the previous issues of the journal. ‘Working’ has been supported and developed by books, journals and projects. User decision making processes lie central to these concepts.

‘Living’ carries on in much the same way as ‘working’. Decision making by users is central to this tenet distinguishing itself from previous monolithic and authoritarian schemes. How to live and what to live with are part of our daily strengths of vastly improved living lives.

‘Learning’ allows me to book up for courses on line from any point whether at home or in any other institution. This is part of the silent revolution taking place. Eventually it will relieve all professors and teachers from actual teaching. In most universities this has already started, albeit in a small way but in others several course can be signed up for simultaneously.

These three tenets of environmental importance collectively can easily add up to Information Overload. Tools to help us here are not new. They are cds, Television, Radio and the not the least, Internet. Using these we should end up getting the news we want, the way we want it without information overload.

Out of the thirteen manuscripts here two are mentioned as they come close to the theme of this editorial. Paola Somma makes good critical reading of Rwanda’s Urbanization Policy. ‘ The paper proposes a reflection on themes which have general relevance but which also need to be locally grounded’. She makes clear that Urbanization is not a natural phenomenon.

Afaq Chohan, Adi Irfan and Jihad Awad in Development of Quality Indicators provide a model providing for the opportunity for design and construction professionals to rethink their ideas in the context of housing design.

The environments of Working, Learning and Living require a focus from us to uplift them through their elementary stages of application into self-standing fields of research and development. This is quite achievable if we can feed the three environments with the elements required to encourage their clarity and independence not losing sight of the cross links between.

Nicholas Wilkinson

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