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Challenges of Jakarta's replacement

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  10:08 am
Challenges of Jakarta's replacement President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (third left), along with other officials, looks at a map as he visits Bukit Soeharto in Kutai Kartanegara regency, East Kalimantan on May 7. Bukit Soeharto, was one of several areas that had been nominated for the site of a new capital city. (Courtesy of Presidential Press Bureau/-)

Why should we build a new capital city for Indonesia? No one is better to answer the question than President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Frankly speaking, it is neither a bad nor a good idea. It is a matter of perspective. However, common sense says the relocation is about to better serve the diverse populations, provinces and resources of the country with a strategic geographic location. Jakarta is no longer economically and environmentally appropriate and supportive for the capital city. Indeed Jakarta’s infrastructure and public facilities are not conducive to an efficient and reliable city in terms of environmentally friendly urbanism. So to what extent can planning and design ensure that the new capital city is effective for transforming and improving Indonesia? We have valuable lessons from Brasilia in Brazil and Putrajaya in Malaysia. The core idea of moving t...

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