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Jakarta Post

Envisaging a `mutually beneficial' kind of Jakarta

  • Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 4 2009   /  12:51 pm

Visions of a city: Entries in the Envisaging Jakarta competition examined utopian ideas. JP/Anissa S. Febrina If you were a developer, your magic incantation would be "location, location, location," but if you don the architect or urban designer's hat you would probably be shouting "vision, vision, vision!" The three winning project proposals for the "Envisioning the Future of Jakarta" competition held in line with the upcoming 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam are shouting those words exactly. More than three times. One envisages Jakarta's kampungs rising vertically behind the billboards of central business districts, another dreams of the capital as a city of intertwining high-rises and platforms of green open spaces. Most of the others simply envisage a utopian urban space where people of all walks of life live togeth...