New Urban Topologies

Urbanism and society

New Urban Topologies – Indonesia

    Färgfabriken has worked with Indonesian partners for two years. In Sept. 2012 Färgfabriken participated in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) for Ministers of Culture where the New Urban Topologies method was presented to some 50 representatives of almost as many countries under the headline “Strengthening Good Governance of Historic Cities”.

    An exploratory visit by Färgfabriken in Dec. 2012 crystalized a number of themes which became recurrent during the entire project: Interaction between art, architecture and cultural heritage, communication between the citizens and the authorities, disaster prevention, informal (slum) settlements, clean water and not least: Walkable and bicycle friendly cities.

    In April 2013 Färgfabriken was invited to present NUT within the framework of Partner-driven Cooperation, a Sida concept, to some 40 ranking representatives of government authorities, Indonesian and Swedish commerce and industry, headed by the Mayor of Yogyakarta and Sweden’s then Minister for International Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson. A one-day seminar took place at Gajah Madha University in Yogyakarta to look into results of cooperation with the private sector on issues such as waste treatment, renewable energy, climate change and toxic waste. Färgfabriken stressed the importance of sustainable development, green cities and public spaces.

    That same month Färgfabriken organized a full day New Urban Topology seminar in Yogyakarta, at the Department of Architecture, Gajah Madha University. The seminar gathered around 50 teachers, students and NGO activists from Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Jakarta and offered lectures by Färgfabriken and Gajah Madha faculty as well as three workshops on Heritage Conservation as Economic Generator, Disaster Prevention in City Planning and in Terms of Awareness and Local Ownership and Participation in Urban Planning.

    Färgfabriken contributed experiences on a holistic view of city planning and urban living and the integration of art and architecture in planning, on communication and creative dialogue on innovative ideas and of course on local democracy, political participation, ownership and transparency.

    The first World Cultural Forum (WCF) took place in Bali in Nov. 2013 at the initiative of Indonesia’s President.Färgfabriken was the only Swedish organization present and attended two panel discussions; on Civil Society and Cultural Democracy and on Sustainable Urban Development.