Indonesia’s New Capital City: A Model for Future Urbanism?

Indonesia’s New Capital City: A Model for Future Urbanism?

  • 12 September 2022, 4–5.30pm
  • Online at 4–5pm (AEST)

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In January 2022, the Indonesian government approved plans to build Nusantara- a new green and smart capital city on the island of Borneo. Join an interdisciplinary panel of experts, including the architect for the new capital, as they discuss the planning, design, and political agendas behind the new capital and the challenges and opportunities this presents for Southeast Asian urbanism.


Bambang Brodjonegoro, Former Minister of National Development Planning, Indonesia (Bappenas). Bambang Brodjonegoro has devoted his knowledge and experience to Indonesia in various roles. In his career in government, he has served as Minister of Finance (2014 - 2016), Minister of National Development Planning (PPN) / Head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) (2016 - 2019), and Minister of Research and Technology / Head of Research and Innovation Agency National (2019 - 2021).

Eka Permanasari, Associate Professor of Urban Design, Monash University Indonesia. Eka is an Associate Professor in Urban Design at Monash Indonesia. Her research deals with the political insinuation in architecture and urban design. She has led several strategic national projects for the Jakarta Government, such as the Jakarta Giant Sea Wall, the integration of Jakarta MRT and LRT lines and Jakarta TOD urban renewal projects, as well as the development of child-friendly community centre namely Ruang Publik terpadu Ramah Anak (abbreviated as RPTRA) in Jakarta.

Sibarani Sofian, Founder and Director of URBAN+ (architect for Nusantara) and Adjunct Associate Professor, Monash University Indonesia.  Sibarani is Founder and Director of URBAN+ practice that he started in 2017, together with several key urban and design experts, to assist clients and cities in creating compelling urban projects. He also teaches at Monash University Indonesia in the Master in Urban Design. With a wealth of experience and networks of key players in urban developments in Indonesia, Sibarani and his URBAN+ team are spearheading strategic infrastructure-driven planning (ie.TOD, Aerotropolis, Port City) and other master planning communities or mixed use projects with the aim of develop better built environments. His firm URBAN+ is in charge of designing Jakarta's new capital.


Dr Jemma Purdey, ReelOzInd! Fellow, Australia-Indonesia Centre and Adjunct Fellow, Deakin University.  Jemma Purdey is a fellow at the Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash University. Her research interests include politics, and human rights in Indonesia and Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. Purdey is Chair of the board that publishes the magazine Inside Indonesia and co-host of the podcast Talking Indonesia and founding Director of ReelOzInd! Australia Indonesia Short Film Competition & Festival.

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