Friday, 20 January 2012
Johor Bahru is a compact border city across the causeway from Singapore. When I first went there 20 years ago, I walked across the causeway and once passing immigration on the other side, you were right there in the city. This reminded me of walking across the border from San Diego into Tiajuana and for me it possessed a certain border town charm.
A number of years ago, Johore State along with the Federal Government launched the Iskander Malaysia development which would transform this border city of Singapore into a major city on its own. It promised to have the perfect environment to live, work and play.
Sunday, 15 January 2012
Some 30 years on after its conception and execution, the Tebet district of South Jakarta should be evaluated to review how it was planned and how it ended up. What are the lessons that can be learned.
The district of Tebet in South Jakarta covers an area of approximately 280ha and is located a short 1.6km to the Kuningan business district and 3.8km to the Sudirman business district. It was originally master planned and developed in the mid 1960’s as a relocation area for the residents of Senayan who needed to be relocated in order to build the Senayan Sports complex where the national stadium is presently located. One long time Tebet residents tells me when they were first moved in, roads were all unpaved and the location seemed to be far outside of Jakarta while today it sits virtually at the heart of the business district.
Tebet District stretching left to right the width of the yellow line approximately 1.5km and between the top and bottom main roads approximately 1.8km.
The original master plan as designed and executed has evolved and grown organically over the years and for a mix of good and bad, but essentially a result of short falls of the original master plan for today's needs. (It may have been well suitable for the time it was built.)
Friday, 6 January 2012
Kalibata City is a joint venture between the government and a private developer. Originally set up as a joint project so the government can draw on the expertise of the private developers to develop and build low cost housing. Approximately 13,000 units will ultimately sit on the approximately 13 ha site spread over 3 classes of development in a total of 18 blocks, all sitting on a basement of retail and parking.
|Kalibata City ground level a "sea of parking"|
What is good about Kalibata City, What is the attraction?