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City architects to hold inaugural convention

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 3 2009   /  01:07 pm

City architects will hold a public exhibition of their works at the first Jakarta Architecture Trienniale (JAT) starting Wednesday in a bid to increase public awareness of the importance of good design for Jakarta's environment. Organized by the Jakarta chapter of the Association of Indonesian Architects (IAI), the triennial will run from Nov. 4 to 22 at the Grand Indonesia shopping mall, Central Jakarta. "Our theme is affording architecture, not affordable architecture. We want people to appreciate architecture. It's not a question of expensive or cheap, but whether it's good or bad," 2009 JAT director Sukendro Priyoso said. He said people sometimes associate wealth with huge marble houses that take up land, which he said is not a good design for a city like Jakarta. "These designs take up land and make the city feel more crowded," he said. For people on a budg...