Saturday, 23 July 2011

Regeneration of Decaying Urban Place - Final Presentation

The state of urban and architectural decay of the site has always been a classic case in most urban centers of Asian cities. The center of a city usually always displays urban decays, because development is concentrated too much in these areas. Seeing this almost ubiquitous phenomenon, radical examination and re-assessment on all the planning and design principles that we have used until now is needed. However, there will be no single and definite answer to how city planning for the future should be, but there will only be many options that must be carefully selected before being implemented in each different context of a place. Many urban places in Bandung have experienced unprecedented growth, urban growth and radical changes in recent years. In the process, much of the traditional urban areas have been either damaged, destroyed or badly mutilated, with policy makers often arguing that conserving these areas as being a luxury, which emerging economies can ill afford during the early stages of their development. This is what exactly had happened, and will continue to happen to the downtown area of Jalan Jenderal Sudirman and its surroundings. Once was one of the most important district in Bandung, with all of its potential and rich tissue of urban components, the area is being left to suffer decay and lack of attention, both from policy makers and those involved in the industry of built environment.

Another critical problem that need to be addressed and responded in this thesis is on the issue of planning and zoning. In general terms, rapid changes never happened in an orderly manner. The traditional planning policies and approaches that we have been using over the years failed to accommodate these chaotic and fast changes, while strict planning regulation are not flexible and will only result in stagnant urban condition. Changes and transformation occurs all the time and have been an integral part of the planning process. In this case, the ability to change and adapt is essential to any plans. This ability to adapt is the target of this thesis, challenging single usage zoning, as being practiced now to be replaced. Adoption of modern planning approaches, as those practiced in western cities has done more damage to urban life, as we can witness at the site today. Thus, from all these criticisms, the big issue that will act as the main framework of this thesis is the question of action – Jalan Jenderal Sudirman – quo vadis? 

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