Putrikinasih Santoso, from Indonesia has worked on a project similar to the one she developed in her graduation project for TU Delft, guided by Roberto Rocco and Luiza Calabrese. Her graduation thesis is available for download HERE.

MRT Jakarta: Reshaping Mobility Landscape for Better Livability 

Text by: Putrikinasih R. Santoso (Senior Urban Designer in PDW, Jakarta, Indonesia, former TU Delft Urbansim student

Let’s admit something: it is always so compelling to see our ideas articulated into reality, right before our eyes.  

Upon my graduation from Department of Urbanism, TU Delft in 2016, I flew back to my home country and joined PDW, one of the leading architecture and urban design firms in Indonesia, as one of their urban designers. I have never imagined being able to work on something that is related to my master thesis until I was entrusted with this project: PDW (together with Skidmore, Owings, Merrill (SOM) Hong Kong) won the project proposal to develop a master plan and urban design guidelines for seven Transit Oriented Development (TOD) areas along MRT Jakarta Corridor 1 Phase 1. To my surprise, we proceeded the project with a similar approach and methodologies I developed for my master thesis!  Today, PDW and MRTJ are working closely with Jakarta’s Spatial Planning Agency to refine the UDGs prior to its enactment as part of the new spatial planning regulations in Jakarta, including an addendum on the implementation strategies for housing provision in the TOD areas.  

A couple of weeks ago, MRT Jakarta went on its first public trial run after more than 30 years of ideation, political lobbies, and (finally) construction. Excitement is an understatement to my reaction as I stepped in MRT Jakarta for the first time. Being involved in projects to promote better livability is always enthralling, but personally, being part of the change has never been this intriguing!  

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