Jakarta Governor Baswedan opens Urban Kampung Conference 2019

Jakarta Governor Baswedan opens Urban Kampung Conference 2019

Opening ceremony of the Second International Field School and Jakarta Urban Kampung Conference 2019 jointly organized by Rujak Center for Urban Studies, the Jakarta Government, and Kyoto University, in Jakarta on Monday (Sept 16, 2019). (Antara/Livia Kristianti/ FA)

We hope the future of Jakarta would be discussed. The past is good to take a lesson from, but we have to do something for the future
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan officially opened the Second International Field School and Jakarta Urban Kampung Conference 2019 co-organized by the Rujak Center for Urban Studies, the Jakarta government, and Kyoto University, here on Monday.

Themed "Reviving Urban Commons," the conference, being organized on Sept 16-21, features an international conference on Sept 16, workshops and site visits on Sept 17-20, and public presentation and exhibition.

"We hope the future of Jakarta would be discussed. The past is good to take a lesson, but we have to do something for the future," the governor stated.

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The conference's participants are expected to come up with strategies for urban development that is collaborative with residents.

Baswedan is keen on developing Jakarta into City 4.0, prioritizing public participation as a co-creator and in synergy with the government.

The meeting is an opportunity for collaboration among the community, professional staff, academics/students, and the government in realizing the importance and preserving living space in urban kampung.

Rujak Center for Urban Studies, on its website, highlighted the importance of contemplating on the future of urban kampung, including the possibility of future innovation and creativity that can be offered to change the paradigm of urban kampung as a city landscape instead of merely a slum.

The International Field School and Urban Kampung Jakarta Conference aims to offer opportunities for the participatory planning process conducted during the Pre-CAP and CAP (Community Action Planning) programs.

The field school activities will take Kampung Akuarium as a case study. Participants will be able to avail the opportunity to explore the three variables of life at the kampung to create an idea for the development of pre-existing plans from the results of Pre CAP and CAP in the Kampung Akuarium.

The participants’ work will serve as valuable inputs for the life of residents of the Kampung Aquarium in the mission of returning the “commons” that were lost during the eviction process, according to Rujak.

Key guests present at the opening ceremony of the conference comprised Kiyoko Kanki, professor at Kyoto University; Rita Padawangi, senior lecturer of Singapore University's Social Sciences; Yusing Lim, architect of Akanoma Studio; Jin Yung Wu, professor of the National Taiwan University; Masato Soda of Nawa Architect and Associates; Elisa Sutanudjaja, and Executive Director of Rujak Center for Urban Studies.

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