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Jakarta Post

Alternative, participatory designs hit snag at housing agency

  • Corry Elyda

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 20 2016   /  08:34 am

With help from architects, some resident groups have proposed alternative designs for social housing to the city administration over the years.

Different from the template designs of the Jakarta Public Housing and Administration Buildings Agency, these designs attempt to accommodate not only housing needs but also the residents’ social capital.

After the city administration announced its plans to evict and relocate residents who live on state land, some of the residents, helped by various organizations such as the Jakarta Urban Poor Network (JRMK), the Urban Poor Consortium (UPC) and Sanggar Ciliwung Merdeka, tried to get involved in the city administration’s strategies to wrest some control over their futures.

Gugun Muhammad of the UPC, an organization that helps poor people in North and West Jakarta, said his organization, along with other groups concerned wi...