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Astrid Haryati: Ambassador for urban spaces

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 23 2010   /  10:19 am

JP/J. AdigunaFor the past 15-years, Astrid Haryati of Bandung origin, an urban design expert currently working for the mayor of San Francisco, has lived far from home. The 39-year-old is the San Francisco City and County’s director of greening, responsible for shaping policies and coordinating improvement programs for the city’s urban public spaces, which ranges from better design for storm watersheds to better open spaces and streets. Before joining San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom’s team, she worked for Chicago’s mayor in a similar position. She is currently in Jakarta, visiting family and “investigating the opportunity to return”. Although she was still unsure whether now was the right time to return, she said the last fifteen years would prepare her to come home. Having been involved in city planning of two famous American cities, she said the years in which she lived abr...