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'Smart City' development requires Detailed Spatial Plan: Ministry official

The Bogor administration is striving to turn the West Java city into a "Smart City", although it has yet to develop a Detailed Spatial Plan (RDTR), which is an important spatial planning and zoning tool, a ministry official has said. An official with the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry’s directorate general for spatial planning, Andri Hari Rochayanto, said Bogor was one of the few cities that had promoted the “Smart City” concept. However, the concept mostly concerned the local.....

Government to prepare capital's relocation

The government has announced that it fully intends to move the capital from Jakarta and that it will start the preparations next year. National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said on Monday that he had discussed details of the capital's relocation with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the Presidential Palace on Monday. Bambang, who heads the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), said he and the President had discussed the feasibility study and funding fo.....

Smart Cities Still Rely on Human Leaders and Resources: Kalla

Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said so-called "smart cities" in Indonesia will still rely on qualified leaders to run effectively, and cannot just rely on technology. Information technology, however, is necessary to improve public services, Kalla said. "Smart cities are not [only about] the tools, but the results. Information technology may be not so advanced, but if [the leader] diligently controls the city, it would become more attractive than other cities," Kalla said during the opening.....

Meeting Indonesia’s Urban Sanitation Needs

Indonesia is currently experiencing rapid urbanization, with cities growing faster than any other Asian countries. By the year 2025 it is expected that 67.5% of the country’s population will live in cities. Challenges come with a high rate of urbanization. One of them is meeting the needs of good management of sanitation facilities. Yoyok Cahyono Upoyo, who lives in the town of Bekasi in West Java, is among millions of urban dwellers facing sanitation problems. Most urban families rely o.....

Bandung is Indonesia's leading smart city: Eco-architect

Professor Jason Pomeroy visits the Bandung Command Center for Channel NewsAsia's Smart Cities 2.0 series. (Channel NewsAsia/File) Channel NewsAsia’s Smart Cities 2.0 series is slated to premiere on March 4. The weekly eight-part TV series follows founding principal of Pomeroy Studio-slash-eco architect Professor Jason Pomeroy’s journey to eight of the world’s most renowned smart cities, which includes Bandung in West Java. Pomeroy told The Jakarta Post via e-mail that Bandung is Indo.....

Indonesia Set to Develop Smart Cities With French Expertise

French companies are helping to establish so-called smart cities across the archipelago as part of efforts to enhance the partnership between Indonesia and France, while promoting the latest technologies in sustainable urban development. During the Indonesian-French City of Tomorrow Roadshow, representatives of companies involved in sustainable urban development visited Palembang (South Sumatra), Surabaya (East Java), Bandung (West Java) and Jakarta to share their expertise on how Indonesia.....

Melbourne is world's most livable city in 2016

If there's one thing wrong with living in Melbourne, it's probably the boring inevitability of being named one of the best places on the planet year after year. For the sixth year in a row, the Australian city has topped the Economist Intelligence Unit's ranking of the world's most livable cities. The list, which considers stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure to arrive at a rating out of 100, gave Melbourne an overall score of 97.5. Close behind is .....

Urbanization to unleash China's growth potential

China's urbanization drive will boost domestic consumption and investment in the future, analysts have said. The country aims to add 100 million urban residents during 2016 to 2020, while enabling 100 million rural residents to live in towns and cities in central and western regions. Population concentration together with improvement in livelihoods will expand demands in consumer services, said Chi Fulin, director of the China Institute for Reform and Development. It is estimated that if .....

Fixing Indonesia’s Public Transport Woes

Indonesia is one of the largest countries in the world without a decent or well-functioning public transportation system. The public transportation issue itself is not only limited to large cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya or Medan, but it also involves many intra-city transportation hubs and island transportation systems. It is, without a doubt, one of the largest and most complex issues that the government and private sector must tackle from all fronts. Looking back at the 1960s, our then.....

Jakarta Smart City Targets Young People to Acknowledge App

The Jakarta Provincial Government opens chance for people to know the application of Jakarta Smart City. Head Unit of Technical Management (UPT) Jakarta Smart City, Setiaji, said that the agency keeps socializing applications owned by the Jakarta Provincial Government such as Qlue and Pangan Jakarta. “We often visit universities to disseminate the app. Young people are gadget lover. It is hoped that the knowledge will be given to their family also,” he said, Thursday (12/1). He hoped .....

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