REWRITING A CITY IN NATURE | Diana Balmori | Urban Design Review “Our understanding of nature has changed radically. Our ideas about urbanism must catch up. By rewriting the city (a semantic departure from “planning”), we will jar the public to this major scientific and philosophical shift in the interaction of nature and the city.”
Lagoon fountain show from restaurant terraces at night
Green Lake City is a destination mixed-use development in the rapidly growing western district of Jakarta. The master plan makes use of the existing water management constraints to create a central lagoon that connects to the surrounding community and provides a unique waterfront entertainment zone for the retail and commercial components, as well as the residential towers and terraced garden flats.
The Development has been planned in three successive phases. The Lagoon and Canal water features act aesthetically as a central amenity for the new development but also serve functionally by retaining and managing water for the district.
The project, along with a new mass rapid transit (MRT) system and the revitalization of existing railways, is expected to help solve worsening traffic problems in the capital, Dedy S. Priatna, deputy of infrastructure at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), told reporters Wednesday.
“This March there should be a decision whether [the Jakarta administration] should pay the money [for the initial construction] to Jakarta Monorail. The updated plan to build the monorail should be completed in August,” he said.
“It should be finished by 2015 or 2016,” he added.
According to the Jakarta Post, the former president of Indonesia BJ Habibie came out yesterday suggesting that urban planning laws were not enough and that urban planning requires better implementation.
Indonesia has law on spatial planning but implementation has been poor. The capital city of Jakarta for example has only around 9.6 percent of open green areas, which is far from what the regulated 30 percent.