Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan symbolically opened the International Field School II and Jakarta Urban Kampung Conference 2019 themed 'Reviving Urban Commons' in the Great Hall, Jakarta City Hall, on Monday (9/16).
" So, today, along with them, we hold the Jakarta Urban Kampung Conference"
It is a series of collaborations between the Jakarta Provincial Government with the Rujak Center for Urban Studies (RCUS) and the Center for Urban Studies for Kanki Lab, Kyoto University through workshops, conferences and exhibitions, which will be held on September 16-21.
Anies welcomed this activity, which aims to introduce Kampung as an Urban Commons, and the village can be an asset of the city. It also enriches the views and practices, as well as innovations from the villages such as in the cities of Japan and Taiwan. Therefore, he hoped that villages in Jakarta would become more livable in order to preserve and develop them. More specifically, fieldwork will be carried out in Kampung Aquarium, North Jakarta.
"So, today, along with them, we hold the Jakarta Urban Kampung Conference by involving villagers, activists and observers of the village, as well as experts from various regions in the world. We'll do the Field School. They will go directly to the field for several days. This is part of urban regeneration, the rebuilding of settlements to become healthier settlements and more suitable for all," he expressed, as quoted by Jakarta PPID's press release.
He added that it must be done systemically to reach achievements. "It means that is part of the government system. So the villages are part of Indonesia tradition. The term of the village itself in English is from the Indonesian language, which shows that this is unique. To our officials who present today, let's use this is a good opportunity, we collaborate, make sure the Field School runs well, and they are allowed to go their homeland with positive experiences," he said.
It can occur not only across professions and backgrounds. Therefore, it is hoped that this activity would provide input and criticism in the process of planning, rebuilding and managing the Aquarium Village. So I want you all to discuss more about what needs to be done in the future and about the future that we encourage for more," he expressed.
He also appreciated the RCUS and Kanki Lab, Kyoto University supported by the Asia Center, Toyota Foundation and Kakenhi Foundation, for synergy in organizing International Field School activities for the second time. "It's truly a joy for us, as the City Hall is a quite important conference venue whereby this moment is what we should have done more often. Because Jakarta today is Jakarta which is all born from the village," he explained.
As for the information, it is the 6th field visits of the city in Japan in March with representatives from 3 villages, which are attended by representatives of the Aquarium village and Jakarta LBH.
As for the Field School itself is held on September 17-21 in Penjaringan, Aquarium Village and Marine Museum. There is also 'Ini Kampung: Edisi Kampung Akuarium' on September 21-October 31 at Fish Market, Penjaringan, North Jakarta. This activity is based on the principle of social production of habitat. Each participant consisted of various backgrounds, including architects, sociologists, anthropologists, urban planners, community activists, villagers and civil servants.
It is also attended by Kiyoko Kanki (Professor of Kyoto University, Rita Padawangi (Senior Lecturer from Singapore University of Social Sciences), Yusing Lim (Architect of Akanoma Studio), Jin Yung Wu (Professor of National Taiwan University), Masato Soda of Nawa Architect and Associates), Elisa Sutanudjaja (Executive Director of Rujak Center for Urban Studies), Suharti (Deputy Governor for Control, Population and Settlement) and officials.