Smart Jakarta by Rupert Taylor

Highlight on Investment: Urbanisation matters in 1971 15% of Indonesia’s population lived in cities. Smart Jakarta – How to Make the City Truly ‘Liveable’.

By 2045, however, the number will rise to 82%. The huge pressure of an expanding and increasingly prosperous urban population puts growing strain on essential resources such as energy, water, air and transportation.

When: Tuesday 6 October by Rupert Taylor
Venue: Erasmus Huis, Jl Rasuna Said Kuningan Jakarta

Jakarta, by far the largest city in Indonesia, stands at the forefront in facing these challenges. Any template for success can be emulated by other growing cities like Bandung and Surabaya. Finding this, however, will be daunting.

Years of underinvestment in key infrastructure has left Jakarta playing catchup. Shortages in public transport and road infrastructure lead to traffic deadlock and billions of dollars of time and fuel wastage as well as aggravated air pollution.

Inadequate water distribution leaves users dependent on groundwater, causing Jakarta to sink at an alarming rate – with associated flooding. And the burgeoning demand for power and electricity places great strain on the existing generation and power transmission system.

All this makes Jakarta less livable than it might be. Rupert Taylor, working in Jakarta with Shell’s Cities team, will explore these challenges facing Jakarta as well as the most promising solutions (p2/Sep15).

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Twice a year the Indonesian Heritage Society (IHS) offers popular English-language Evening Lecture. These lectures are one of the oldest activities of IHS, with the first lecture being held in 1973. Since then, over 400 lectures have been presented on topics relating to Indonesian culture and contemporary issues of the day.

Our lectures are open to the public and registration is not required. Simply come along to the Erasmus Huis auditorium which is in the side entrance of the Dutch Embassy compound off Jl Rasuna Said (call Erasmus on 021-572 58 70 for directions if needed).