Young Planning Professionals’ Workshop – Jakarta, Bogor, Indonesia 2019

Young Planning Professionals’ Workshop
organised as part of the 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress
Jakarta-Bogor, Indonesia, 4-8 September 2019

Planning Beyond Limits – Building Livable Communities


The Young Planning Professionals’ Programme is a crucial component of ISOCARP’s dedication to promote and enhance the planning profession and commitment to facilitate knowledge for better cities with the young generations, the future leaders of our profession. Since 1991, it has facilitated a unique creative spirit within the Society, and it has become a source of new ideas, innovation and rejuvenation not only for the Society but also for our partners, and made a huge impact on participants’ professional lives, in the name of the universal vision of promoting and enhancing the planning profession. It has also contributed towards making life-long friendships beyond borders, languages, cultures and professional backgrounds.

According to the 28 year-old tradition of Young Planning Professionals’ Programme, the YPP workshop was offered again this year prior to the 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress, which took place in two cities of Indonesia, Jakarta and Bogor. The workshop itself was held between 4 and 8 September, and organised in partnership with the Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners (IAP), and in collaboration with the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Young Planners Group, Bandung Institute of Technology, Universitas Tarumanagara, Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP).

Beyond the metropolis

As stated by Martina Juvara, General Rapporteur, “with urbanisation continuing at pace and a globalizing economy, metropolitan areas are morphing into megacities: a different model of urban development, which is no longer the unexpected by-product of fast growing countries – a beacon to be followed for some, and for others simply dehumanizing”. Regarding this agenda, the congress focused on investigating the future and the opportunities offered by these cities without limits, exploring their supposed inevitability but also on the possible alternatives for achieving global influence without the mega-scale – by exploring ‘planning beyond limits’. 2019 Jakarta Young Planning Professionals’ Workshop contributed to this ambitious agenda with an ambitious programme on ‘Planning Beyond Limits – Building Livable Communities’.

A call for reinventing planning, exploring the unfamiliar and thinking beyond the limits

Urban development in Indonesia is challenged to fulfill the needs of the people to increase their capacity to compete globally while at the same time maintain sustainability of the cities. Almost 40% of Indonesian citizens are dissatisfied with the living quality of the cities in which they live, according to the recently released 2017 Indonesia Most Livable City Index by the IAP. Within this intense urban agenda, the workshop is a call to explore alternative futures and strategies for three key thematic fields ‘Limitlessness’, ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Livability’, and use Jakarta and Bogor as urban laboratories beyond of metropolises and limitless cities, while responding the questions: What is the global role of megacities? Can cities without limits be planned? What are the strategies to promote livability, well-being, exemplary sustainability, innovation and responsive governance? Read more.

From Jakarta to Bogor: Tale of two cities

The first case study area is the transit-oriented development (TOD) area at Jakarta’s Dukuh Atas. This very central location is the first transit area built by the DKI Jakarta Government. Located at the intersection of three major transport nodes, surrounded by office and retail buildings, surrounded by on one hand a squatter settlement Kampung and on the other hand a high income historic neighborhood Menteng. The second case study area is the so-called ‘Chinatown’, known as Jalan Suryakencana of Bogor, a historic corridor of Bogor’s trading activities since the Dutch colonial period which acts also as the backbone of surrounding slum areas.

The Dukuh Atas TOD, located in Central Jakarta at Sudirman Road, is the first integrated transit area built by the DKI Jakarta Government. It is surrounded by office and retail area. This area is a well-known transit area with three major nodes including Sudirman Station (Greater Jakarta Train Network), TransJakarta’s Dukuh Atas 2 stop, and BNI City Station (Airport Train Network). In the future, this area will be equipped with various mass transportation such as Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), MRT, Light Rapid Transit (LRT), and a pedestrian / bicycle network as well. It is expected to be an interconnected area between diverse transportation modes and pedestrian friendly environment. New addition of Jakarta MRT will be soon running on March 2019, making this area is the perfect example for TOD development.

Jalan Suryakencana is located in the heart of Bogor, south of Bogor Botanical Garden. It was known as the center of Bogor’s trading activities since the Dutch colonial period. History forms Jalan Suryakencana as a market area even though it has been built so neatly. This one-way road is a small part of Jalan Raya Pos, or de Groote Postweg, and it was built to protect Java from the attacks of its enemies. Jalan Raya Pos passed through various cities on Java such as Batavia (Jakarta), Bandung, Cirebon, Surabaya and others. In Bogor, part of the road was first known as an economic center of the city named Handelstraat, the forerunner of Suryakencana street. Handelstraat was chosen as a centralized area of the Chinese Ethnic community in Buitenzorg. Jalan Suryakencana has a unique pattern of buildings and settlements with Chinese characteristics. It also offers culinary diversity, which shows typical food of the city of Bogor, including pickles, laksa and others. The area is a combination of heritage and cultural heritage areas, strategic trade & service areas, as well as a center for residential activities and social activities. The uniqueness of the activities and physical characteristics of the area is one of the attractions, especially for migrants and tourists. From the various important values of the region, the essential picture of the Suryakencana area as the heart of the city of Bogor is undeniable. The actual picture of what is happening in the area and around Jalan Suryakencana needs to be identified further, in order to obtain real conditions and problems that really exist.

Planners beyond limits

Through the great hospitality and commitment of our host the Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners (IAP) and its great team of Bernardus Djonoputero (IAP President), Hendricus Andy Simarmata (IAP Secretary General), Adriadi Dimastanto (Head of the Organizational Bureau), and particularly Meyriana Kesuma (Chairperson of the Young Planning Compartment and YPP workshop), Rais Kandar (Head of the Executive Bureau) and Nadia Ayu Rahma Lestari, together with Dhian Ivanna, Mas Aji Adi Purnomo and Sintang Boentoro; the coordinators including Michael Stott (Ethos Urban, Australia), Tjark Gall (ISOCARP Institute, the Netherlands), Rene Fu Swee Yun (Malaysian Institute of Planners, Malaysia), Hayley Phillips (Deicke Richards, Australia), Bima Purnama (AJM Planning and Urban Design Group, Indonesia), Adipandang Yudono (University of Brawijaya, Malang, Indonesia), Inez Darmalia (Global Green Growth Institute, Indonesia), Arya Lahasa Putra (Digireg Indonesia) contributed extensively and tirelessly to share their valuable expertise, knowledge and support.

The 48th YPP workshop brought together 50 Young Planning Professionals from 20 countries – showcasing the global territorial outreach of ISOCARP and defining an alumni pool of 1028 young professionals in 28 years. The four days of the intensive workshop were spent on site visits, seminars series (by Colin Choo from Singapore Institute of Planners ‘Transit Oriented Developments – Perspectives from a Transport Planner’ and Muhammad Daud from Jakarta Governor’s Delivery Unit ‘Jakarta Urban Regeneration 2030’), and alternative data workshop by Pulse Lab Jakarta (Fostering ‘New-Breed’ of Planners and Exploring Alternative Data Sets for Future Urban Planning).

Narratives inspiring and shaping urbanism and planning beyond limits

The workshop results structured through eight teams were successfully presented during the 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress Plenary Session on 11 September. The proposals include “Beyond TOD”, Reclaiming the megacity through inclusive and creative planning as a response to the challenges of environment & health hazard, uninclusive development, limited transit experience; Justainable Jakarta”, Envisioning justice and sustainability as a response to the problematic of social inequality – green spine, reconnection with water and community design within a period of 2020 to 2040; “TOD Dukuh Atas”, Connecting people in the heart of Jakarta in a trilogy of work (in the integrated area), live (in the inclusive neighborhood) and play (in the oasis of the city); “TOD”, A new TOD development within the heart of Jakarta, for the government to intervene on the ‘master developer’ in order to set a new standard for TOD developments within the city; “Suryakencana: Dragon Spine”: Based on connectivity, identity and visibility, Dragon spine as regulating the movement – strengthening regional connections, creating the core – hub of commercial and cultural activities, protecting the heart – respecting the history of the place; “Bogor: Connecting Heart with Soul”, Regenerative planning through cultural integration and nature through three layers, connecting the green heart, blending cultures and enhancing livelihoods; “One Step at a Time”, Inspire Bogor to become a more connected and livable city, by introducing a walking friendly, accessible and healthy street; “Connecting Culture Community”, Telling the story of Surken and celebrating cultures through heritage trail, sustain the sense of community through open green spaces,enhancing the feeling of connectivity through alleyways inviting social encounters.

The team was also invited for a special presentation to Bima Arya Sugiarto, the Major of Bogor, on the 5th and 9th September and to Afan Adriansyah Idris, the Head of DKI Jakarta City and Environmental Planning and Management Bureau on 12 September. The workshop also manifested an innovative and creative approach to our more than 25 years old programme by introducing new modes of methodology such as the ISOCARP’s first ‘Flashmob’ or ‘Pirate’ Public Hearing in open public space (said to be first in Jakarta!), through which the workshop results were shared with Jakarta citizens at the Jakarta’s TOD Dukuh Atas Tunnel: ISOCARP goes Public! Following the success of urban lounges of Kristiansand YPP, this year we reclaimed the TOD Tunnel with YPPs. What a great day it was! (Check out). The workshop results were also publicised through the YPP Exhibition during the congress both in Bogor and Jakarta.

In a Nutshell: The Bogor Poem

Kota Bogor, kota hujan
Kalau mampir, jangan lupa makan
Bapak-bapak ibu-ibu sekalian
Terima kasih sudah mendengarkan

by YPPs Gifari Rahman Alif, Christina Rasmussen, Raeesa Ghoor, Satyajit Mal and Nurshahira Hasnan

To everyone who contributed to the 48th YPP Workshop: Your incredible commitment, excitement, success and hospitality made the 48th YPP workshop of ISOCARP a unique and delicious experience. Thank you! Terima Kasih!

As I say, “All work work and no play makes ypps happy”

For detailed information on the workshop and its results (including the documentaries), please check out our website and Facebook page.

For detailed information on topic, logistics, tasks and application, please read the Call.



New Volumn of the ISOCARP BUZZ ©YPP on ISOCARP Young Professionals Workshop of Jakarta, Bogor is now available!

ISOCARP BUZZ ©YPP Year 2019 Volume 29: “Planning Beyond Limits: Building Liveable Communities”

ISOCARP Young Planning Professionals’ Workshop Publication on the occasion of the 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress “Beyond Metropolis”, Jakarta, Bogor Indonesia, Please follow the link to reach Workshop Publication!

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