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.
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.
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.
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.