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Jakarta Post

Jakarta: A messy concrete jungle

  • Novia D. Rulistia

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 6 2012   /  09:18 am

Skyscrapers. High-rise offi ces and hotels dominate the Mega Kuningan business district in South Jakarta. More such tall buildings are under construction and are expected to open in the city later this year. JP/Wendra AjistyatamaThis year more concrete buildings will spring up, decorating Jakarta’s skyline to meet the needs of people for living space or to expand their business.

Analysts have also forecast that the property sector in the city will remain strong in 2012 on the back of high demand and positive economic growth.

But has the concept behind a high-rise city really worked in Jakarta? Or will it only portray Jakarta as a messy concrete jungle?

“The absence of a development concept has turned Jakarta into a disorganized city,” Tarumanegara University urban and spatial planner Suryono Herlambang told The Jakarta Post.

He said that most cities focu...