5-7, 17 September 2019 | SURAKARTA, SEBERANG PERAI – Uplifting the quality of urban life can be achieved by ensuring that social capital is well built and captured.  UCLG ASPAC in close collaboration with UN-Habitat and local government of Seberang Perai City Council, Surakarta, and Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, have taken further action marked by the MoU Signing and preliminary visit for art project.

MoU Signing with Seberang Perai City Council

On 17 September 2019, UCLG ASPAC and Seberang Perai City Council (SPCC) formalised collaboration for public space revitalisation through the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).  Within one-year period, the MoU binds both parties to collaborate and revitalise public space site located alongside 1.2 km of Sungai Juru, Bandar Perda.  UCLG ASPAC and SPCC were represented by Secretary General Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi and Mayor, Dato’ Bandar Sr Hj Rozali bin Hj Mohamud, respectively.  The MoU Signing took place during the historical moment as Seberang Perai was celebrating the city’s status upgrade from secondary to primary city.  The public space revitalisation project is a reflection of city’s commitment to enhance the quality of urban life following the promotion.

Using collaborative method, UCLG ASPAC facilitated a public consultation process in developing a public space plan.  Various stakeholders were invited to share their needs and expectation towards a space which will later on become their own.  From the discussion, local people agreed to transform the existing space into a recreational park.  “Bring People Back to Nature” thematic concept was chosen to ensure the facility development aligns with city’s vision for a low carbon city.

The project’s work is foreseen to be concluded six months from now.  Local people of Seberang Perai will have a new recreational park that they together designed according to their own needs.  It will provide them not only with convenient pedestrian walk, but also experience on water related activities (fishing, catching and feeding fish), more greenery zone, various bird species, bicycle lane, gazebo, and solar lamp posts, among many others.

JEJU – SURAKARTA ART PROJECT

Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, the leading city of UCLG ASPAC Culture Committee, has innovated in many ways the incorporation of art and culture for city development.  Many of its successful practices involve participation of local people.  Under the framework of city-to-city cooperation, Jeju invites Surakarta to integrate culture in its city development through art installation project for children in public space.  UCLG ASPAC led the facilitation of this cooperation, starting with a preliminary visit to Surakarta from 5 to 7 September 2019. The visit was intended to get an overview of the city and its culture.

Representing Jeju Special Self-Governing Province were Ms. Sujin Kim, Project Officer, and Mr. Kim Kidai, sculpture artist.  During the visit, both representatives discussed about the concept behind the project with representatives of Indonesian Art Institute and Indonesia Architect Institute of Surakarta; as well as the alumni of Jeju’s Global Youth Culture Forum 2018, representing Surakarta.

Through the discussion, Jeju revealed their plan to upscale existing public space in Surakarta with art installation, allowing children to enjoy it as playground.  Based on agreement in the discussion, it was decided that the art installation will be in the area of Monument Banjarsari.  Collaborative method will be applied and will involve artists from Jeju and Surakarta.

How both projects progress? Stay tuned with our updates in the upcoming months!

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