Farmlab Public Salon
Marco Kusumawijaya
Friday May 2, 2008 @ Noon
Free Admission

Imagining Jakarta

About The Salon

Imagining Jakarta is a collaborative workshop by architects, poet, musician, graphic designer, photographer, and sculptor to reflect and develop alternative visions on some issues and spaces in Jakarta. Through a story of its process (a series of workshops) and product (a visual and audio exhibition), some problems and future possibilities of Jakarta are explored.

About The Salon Presenter

Marco Kusumawijaya, an architect by training, is a professional and activist in the fields of architecture, environment, arts, cultural heritage, urban planning and development with more than 20 years of experiences in places all over Indonesia. He has worked as architectural designer, urban designer and planner, researcher and consultant of urban management and urban governance. He has worked with private sector, governments, international and local NGO’s, international agencies such as the British Council, the World Bank and UNDP.

He also volunteers as a resource person and practical worker on urban issues for a number of NGO’s. He writes frequently for a number of print media in Jakarta, while his opinions are often requested by print and electronic media, as well as by several public institutions and citizens organizations. He contributes to journals and books on urban issues. He lectures in diverse fora: government-related policy formulation fora, training of NGO activists, training of members of parliaments, trainings of Buddhist monks, universities, and community-initiated advocacy and action planning exercises. His special interests include sustainable urbanization, urban studies of Jakarta, city and the arts, and social changes towards sustainability.

In 2001 he started Green Map ( in Indonesia. He has published three books on architecture, urban studies, heritage, and citizen movements in Indonesia, and translated one book (David Bornstein, How to Change the World, Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Oxford University Press, 2004) into Indonesian. With the Imagining Jakarta program, he explored the new area of the relationship between culture and urban development with a group of artists and architects. His latest assignment with UPC (Urban Poor Consortium) – UPLINK in Aceh, May-December 2006, was the planning and early stage of reconstruction of 23 villages (with 3,331 houses) in Banda Aceh and nearby coastal subdistricts. He is currently (2006-2009) chair of Jakarta Arts Council (

Image courtesy Marco Kusumawijaya via he MAK Center

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