Jakarta Old Town Reborn (JOTR) Workshop

Erasmus Huis and Jakarta Old Town, 2013

This series of events were held starting from the opening workshops on December 2013, ending with the final exhibition as a part of Kota Tua Creative Festival (KTCF) on June 2014



a.       Jakarta Old Town Reborn Workshop

 



 Goals and Objectives :
·         The three days workshops is the official start for this series of events. Several presentations are set to give a comprehensive background on the actual context of the Old Town for the workshop teams.
·         Collaboration of the Dutch and Indonesian architects aimed to bring out wild ideas as well as fit-in-context solutions, as both the Netherlands and Indonesia have a strong connection to the Old Town area. As for the long term, this collaboration is hoped to be the start of more interesting future projects for both nations.
·         In case of heritage and conservation,the 7 pilot projects  hoped to set an example for another regeneration of Indonesia's historical district, increase the awarenes of the public at large, as well as give benefit to the city and the involved stakeholders.
 
 
b.      Architalk : Projects for the City

 


Goals and Objectives :
·         The half-day talk aimed to complement this workshop event with a significant contribution to the public (while the previous workshop days is more private)
·         Featured by the well-known architects who have also been well-contributed to the cities they’ve engaged, the talk provided powerful insights to Indonesian architects attending the talk.
·         For developing country like Indonesia with its fast-growing cities, “Project for the Cities” provided precious precedence for its architects and urban planners.

 

 

 

 


 


c.       Jakarta Old Town Reborn Exhibition in KTCF

 

 


Goals and Objectives :
·         Integrated with the Kota Tua Creative Festival Event (in which themselves incorporated different media for the event), the exhibition included a “formal” exhibition with panels and models, as well as two installations for Samudra and Kerta Niaga Buildings. Both forms of
exhibitions complemented each other in providing the visitor with better understanding in terms of scale and the ideas for the buildings.

"Smart Nature" Installation by MRVDV at Kertaniaga Building, fully supported by Tropica Greeneries

 

Bamboo Installation by KCAP for the Samudra Building

·         The venue of the exhibition was in the Tjipta Niaga Building, as an “example” of the creative use and “revitalization” for the old building.
 
·         To optimize the impact of the exhibition and the whole workshop series, a round table discussion was held on the first day of the exhibition, again, as an open to public event, where this time the theme was only focussing on the old town, and different approach in which the architects use in their design.
 
 
d.      Kelana Kotatua Bike Tour in KTCF


  
Goals and Objectives :
·         While the other parts of this series are aimed mostly to the architects and urban planner, this bike tour aimed to give the chance to other segment of the urban people : the family, the sport-lover, the photographer, the history – lover, etc.
·         As they are also have their own significant impact as the citizen to their city, this bike tour complemented with relevant narration about the history of the old town.

GOALS REACHED

 
a.       The series of activities have been carried out well and contributed positively could be seen from the attendance of the public during the series. Both the talk and the round table discussion are fully booked by the architects and the bike tour is also fully attended by the people.

b.      Other positive parameter are also the high intention from both the representatives of the government (the exhibition were visited by both the Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Industry as well as Jakarta’s Acting Governor) and the building owners to come and involved in the series of events.
 

 

Kota Tua has lost its spirit. Old and dying soul, degraded and abandoned are some characters  that 
represent  the  conditions  of  Kota Tua  now. About  182 neglected heritage artifacts are surrounded 
with  decadent  environment  that  considered  undesirable  place  to  live  and/or  work. Complex  and intertwined  problems  are  hidden  behind  its  pretty  yet  derelict  neoclassical  façade.  Different government initiatives have failed to restore its energy and vitality due to its minor scale and lack of coordination.  Building  owners  claimed  that  renovating  and  maintaining  a  heritage  building  is  not beneficial  for  them.  The  façade  has  frozen;  however,  for  better  or  worse,  its  grand  narration  is appropriated by peddlers and squatters into a discontinued storyline.  
 
Jakarta Old Town Reborn  (JOTR) decided to take actions  for  the  future of Kota Tua.  JOTR invites 7 
Dutch and Indonesian notable architects to collaborate with local government and building owners 
to  reprogram  6  heritage  buildings  and  1  landscape  area  located  along  Kali  Besar  and  Fatahillah Square. We’ve  gone  through  several  workshops,  seminars,  debates,  site  visits,  negotiations  with stake  holders,  consultations  with  government  agencies,  and  come  up  with ‘archipunctural urban renewal strategy’ to spread six distinct projects that is interconnected by a larger green master plan of  Kota  Tua. JOTR  uses  ‘archipunctural’ solution to  inject  new  life  for  Kota  Tua  and  increase the livability of the historical old town district with a small, design‐oriented 
approach. This group of pilot projects should act as exemplary  urban magnets  to  restore Kota Tua 
energy to  continue its urban narrative.
 
JOTR is initiated by Erasmus Huis and Rumah Asuh, in collaboration with seven distinct personas or 
architectural  firms  (andramatin  architects,  djuhara+djuhara,  Han  Awal  &  Partners,  KCAP,  MVRDV, Niek Roozen feat. Wageningen University, and OMA). While, the archipunctural strategy is proposed by  SHAU.  It  is  also  supported  by  the  Embassy  of  the  Netherlands,  the  Ministry  of  Tourism  and Creative  Economy,  IAI‐EU,  Tropica  Greeneries,  MPYK  Studio  and  the  Kota  Tua  Creative  Festival curatorial  team. Jakarta  Old  Town  Revitalization  Corporation  has  pioneered  a  pilot  project  of  the conversion  of  Post Office  building into a  Contemporary Art gallery and 
Visitor’s Center, opened in March 2014. As a continuation to the pilot project, we’re proud and happy to present our proposals for  Kota  Tua  in  this  exhibition.  However,  we  invite  your  participation  to  actively  engage  in  this project by critically  (but not cynically) evaluating  these proposals and  think  thoroughly  the kind of narration that Kota
 Tua should continue. 
 
With this project, together we shall witness the existing abandoned monuments of Kota Tua will be 
reborn to continue its narrative and give a new spirit to Jakarta.  

JOTR is initiated by Erasmus Huis and Rumah Asuh, in collaboration with seven distinct personas or 
architectural  firms  (andramatin  architects,  djuhara+djuhara,  Han  Awal  &  Partners,  KCAP,  MVRDV, Niek Roozen feat. Wageningen University, and OMA). While, the archipunctural strategy is proposed by  SHAU.  It  is  also  supported  by  the  Embassy  of  the  Netherlands,  the  Ministry  of  Tourism  and Creative  Economy,  IAI‐EU,  Tropica  Greeneries,  MPYK  Studio  and  the  Kota  Tua  Creative  Festival curatorial  team.