Thanks to the main figure in this essay, Bahwani (who goes by this single name), and research associates Uzair Fauzan and Dian Tri. Likewise to the people who cleared the way to make this work possible, Marco Kusumawijaya and Jo Santoso.
Debates and Developments
‘We Are Here Alone’: The Ironic Potentials and Vulnerabilities of Mixed (Up) Districts in Central Jakarta
Version of Record online: 8 JUL 2013
© 2013 Urban Research Publications Limited
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 1509–1524, July 2014
How to Cite
Simone, A. (2014), ‘We Are Here Alone’: The Ironic Potentials and Vulnerabilities of Mixed (Up) Districts in Central Jakarta. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 38: 1509–1524. doi: 10.1111/1468-2427.12056
- Issue online: 11 JUN 2014
- Version of Record online: 8 JUL 2013
- Urban practices;
- urban ecologies;
The durability of central city districts in large metropolitan systems of the majority world has largely been attained through intricate intersections of physical, infrastructural, human and discursive materials, as these intersections are continuously remade through shifting constellations of the incremental initiatives of residents. Residents have learned to use the city as a place to continuously explore new relationships among things and extract a wide range of unanticipated capacities from them. This is a collective resourcefulness from which there might be much to draw in terms of using the carbon-driven exigencies of infrastructural transformation as the occasion to reanimate more egalitarian political projects. Although many collective efforts are increasingly being disassembled, the reflections of a single resident of one of Jakarta's most heterogeneous residential districts points to how the revitalization of such efforts might be conceived. The efficacy of political efforts to address intensified vulnerability partly entails replenishing intense mixtures of built and physical environments as provocations and platforms for complex social maneuvers.