Friday, February 24, 2012

28 February 2012: Participatory Planning and Informality in Indonesian Cities

Michael J. Haggerty
Pratt Institute, New York

In the almost fifteen years since decentralization in Indonesia –
known locally as the “big bang” – municipal governments have become
increasingly responsible for spatial planning and infrastructure
development in cities. One legacy of the “big bang” is new
participatory structures implemented by local agencies and NGOs in
cities that are dealing with rapid growth, climate change, and
informalization. In what ways does participation acquire salience in
the formulation of development strategies in Indonesian cities? How
does participation shape a role for the informal sector to influence
development? This presentation will share recent projects and research
from a group of urban planners, designers, and NGO-workers in
Indonesia known collectively as Solo Kota Kita (Our City Solo). Their
work aims to enable citizens and government officials alike to
understand the complexities of the built environment so they can
better take on the problems and opportunities that come with rampant
urbanization. Through independent initiatives and consultancies, this
group has investigated the role of both participation and informality
in a range of contexts including participatory budgeting,
transportation, post-disaster planning, and cities development

Date: February 28, 2012
Time: 03:45 P.M.

Conference Hall
Centre for Policy Research,
Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi–110021(INDIA)


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