Wednesday 29 January 2014

Colombo urban reconnaissance tour

Colombo is a metropolis of extremes as we witnessed yesterday on our exciting bus tour. Our guide, KD, is a very funny and charismatic former lecturer from the University of Moratuwa. KD's sense of humour kept us engaged and responsive. As an example, he mentioned that if I had tipped the snake charmer we came across anymore money that he would have expected me to marry him! His knowledge of local history and urban futures gave us a deeper understanding of urban development issues. These issues mainly came down to limited available land and funding, increased pressure on infrastructure as a result of urban migration, environmental issues, and also heritage preservation.

KD Fernando from the University of Moratuwa leading the urban reconnaissance tour of Colombo
The historical elements of Colombo are not dissimilar to that of Bendigo or Melbourne as they have each experienced early British influence as suggested by the prevalence the old Victorian-styled buildings. There has been notable effort placed into restoring a good portion of these buildings, however, there many that have been let go. Important institutions such as the government and various business sectors are held in strong regard as demonstrated by the grandeur of their accompanying uni
buildings. In Colombo, contemporary architecture is about making a statement, and this is achieved
by sheer size or dramatic design. The new buildings such  as the 'lotus-shaped' National Theatre are a way of branding the 'new' Colombo to the world around them; ushering themselves into the global market.

Colonial architecture on Galle Road

Regarding infrastructure pressures, the roads are constantly buzzing with activity. I am very thankful
for our competent bus driver as it feels at times we are almost a breath away from oncoming traffic. Despite the constant beeping and congestion I would consider the road network surprisingly
functional for motorised transport, however, less so for tourists attempting to cross the street. All in all, Colombo is a city with a big vision for the future, addressing the above planning concerns will position them well in the ever-evolving Asian centred market.

- Kristina Murray, Bachelor of Urban, Rural and Environmental Planning
Fourth Year


  1. 발끈하는 맛이라도 있어야 하는데 그런 것도 없다.

    윤석은 김샌 듯 입맛을 다시면서 말했다.

    뭐. 어쨌든 이왕지사 일이 이렇게 되었으니 잘 부탁합니다.

    ……자네도 약속은 꼭 지켜야 할 걸세.

    물론입니다. 그리고 좀 깨끗하게 사세요. 악취가 너무 심해서 저한테까지 나니까.

    ……약속. 꼭 지켜주게.

    윤석은 코를 찡그리더니 자리에서 일어났다.

  2. 또 봐요. 아. 내일 총장님이 직접 기자회견하는 거 잊지 말고요. 저도 나름대로 총장님 이미지 챙겨준 거라고 할까요?

    ……충고 하나 해도 되겠나?

    이 바닥에서 충고는 우위에 선 사람이 하는 거지요?

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    연장자라고 하여 연소자에게 조언할 자격이 있다는 건 정말 큰 착각이죠?


  3. 그냥 듣기 싫다는 말이었다.

    박근태 총장은 입술을 파르르 떨면서 내뱉듯 말했다.

    너무 건방을 떨지 말게. 훗날 우리가 같은 자리에서 만날 수도 있으니까.

    하하하. 걱정하지 마세요. 저는 도적과는 절대 한편이 되지 않습니다.

    자네의 바람이 그렇다면 그렇겠지.

    그러면 갑니다?

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