Arte-Polis: Creative Culture and the Making of Place - Indonesia

Call for Papers - 1st Announcement
Arte-Polis: Creative Culture and the Making of Place
Bandung, 21- 23 July 2006

Organized by:
Department of Architecture
School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development
Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Indonesia

Seminar Introduction
For the last three decades there has been a convergence between the
realms of cultural and economic development. In the process broadly
termed 'cultural economy', ideas and artistic qualities contribute
towards a new development paradigm. In addition, a wide range of
activities are now concerned with the production and marketing of
goods and services that are infused with aesthetic and symbolic
cultural content. This phenomenon has shifted development approaches
from a Fordist economic regime based on manufacturing to one that
places high value on human creativity. Several scholars have noted
that this type of cultural economy is characterized by the emergence
of a ‘creative class’ who build their main activities on knowledge
and creativity. In terms of the built environment, this paradigm
shift to a creative economy has in turn influenced the formulation of
policy and practice of urban development.

In an era of globalization, activities of the creative economy such
as fashion, film, television, theater, music, dance, visual arts,
design, architecture, advertising, publishing, multimedia and
information technology, have contributed significantly to local
economy, community life and the creation of places in cities. Such
cities have taken advantage of the trend in natural agglomeration of
creative industries, not only as a result of economic efficiency but
of innovative synergies unleashed in industrial clusters, given that
information, imagination, opinions and cultural sensibilities are
transmitted through them. This agglomeration of design and
knowledge-intensive industries attain place-specific competitive
advantages by utilizing local symbolic culture, which becomes
embedded in products that are value-added and unique in character.
Together with this trend, carefully designed places in cities that
offer life-style choices and amenities emerge as an important
strategy for attracting talented people. These cultural places become
hubs for creative communities, given that groups of creative
professionals tend to cluster in places that provide not only the
kind of jobs they seek but also the quality of life amenities they
prefer. However, there remains a gap between global and local
settings, in which a framework is needed to situate the cities of
developing countries within this global phenomenon. Equally important
is an understanding of how local knowledge and creativity in
different cultural and economic contexts, particularly of cities in
developing countries with their informal economy, contribute to this
continuing discourse at both theoretical and practical levels.

This Seminar will critically debate and discuss the following issues:
(1) How and to what extent does the creative economy influence urban
(2) How does this phenomenon differ in the cultural and economic
contexts of cities in developing countries from those of developed
(3) How can creative-based cultural industries and activities be
managed, planned and designed to improve the quality of places for
people living in cities?

The Seminar’s theme of 'Creative Culture and the Making of Place'
will be elaborated within these Parallel Sessions:
(A) Theoretical Discourses (B) Community and
Private Initiatives
(C) Institutional Capacity Building (D) Planning Policy
and Place-Making

The objective of this two-day Seminar is to bring together scholars,
community groups, decision-makers and professionals from all
disciplines concerned with the quality of life in cities
(architecture, arts, cultural/development studies, design, economics,
geography, planning etc) to share international knowledge and
experience regarding current issues, best practices and policy
implications of the relationship between creative culture and

Workshop and Exhibition
The Workshop on the third day aims at proposing place-specific and
action-oriented interventions by harnessing the creative potential of
Bandung, the fourth largest city in Indonesia with a population of
2.5 million people. Through active participation by a wide range of
stakeholders, this Workshop will formulate visions and recommend
possible implementation of a sustainable and strategic plan for
activities of the creative economy clustering around Dago Street, a
major historic boulevard in Bandung. Within the past decade, this
street has undergone dramatic changes in uses toward more
culture-based urban development characterized by the presence of
clothing factory outlets, design-conscious stores, cafes, galleries,
educational institutions and media/entertainment/performing art
activities. This development has not come without problems for the
city and its residents. Despite the potentials and problems, there
has been lack of a clear vision as how to plan these creative
activities into an integrated cultural district that promotes strong
local character, social cohesiveness and economic sustainability. The
Workshop will address these issues through an intensive one-day
design charette. An Exhibition on urban culture and place-making will
also be held in conjunction with this International Seminar and

Steering Committee
· Prof. Alexander R. CUTHBERT, Ph.D. University of New South
Wales, Australia
· Prof. Mohammad DANISWORO, Ph.D. Institute of Technology
Bandung, Indonesia
· Cor DIJKGRAAF, M.Sc. Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development (PRCUD)
· Himasari HANAN, Dr.-Ing. Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia
· Prof. Lily KONG, Ph.D. National University of Singapore
· Assoc.Prof. Abidin KUSNO, Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Canada
· Jim A. SUPANGKAT, Drs. Independent Art Curator, Indonesia

Keynote Speakers
· Prof. Alexander R. CUTHBERT, Ph.D. Professor of Planning and
Urban Development, University of New South Wales, Australia
· Prof. Dorodjatun KUNTJORO-JAKTI, Ph.D. Professor of
Economics, University of Indonesia and Former Coordinating Minister
for Economic Affairs, Indonesia

Featured Speakers
· I Gde ARDHIKA, Drs. Former Minister for Culture and Tourism, Indonesia
· Prof. Mohammad DANISWORO, Ph.D. Professor of Architecture
and Urban Design, Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia
· Cor DIJKGRAAF, M.Sc. President, Pacific Rim Council on Urban
Development (PRCUD) and Director of Urban Solutions, The Netherlands
· Himasari HANAN, Dr.-Ing. Head of Architecture Department,
Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia
· Mohamad S. HIDAYAT, Mr. Chairman, Indonesian Chamber of
Commerce and Industry, Indonesia
· Prof. Lily KONG, Ph.D. Professor of Geography and
Vice-Provost (Education), National University of Singapore
· Assoc.Prof. Abidin KUSNO, Ph.D. Canada Research Chair in
Asian Urbanism and Culture, University of British Columbia, Canada*
· Prof. Masayuki SASAKI, Ph.D. Professor of Urban and Cultural
Economics, Graduate School for Creative Cities, Osaka City
University, Japan
· Prof. Budhy Tjahjati S. SOEGIJOKO, Ph.D. Professor of Urban
Planning, Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia
· Nining I. SOESILO, Dr. Director of Small Medium Enterprise
Center, Institute for Economic and Social Research, Faculty of
Economics, University of Indonesia
· Indra B. SYAMWIL, Ph.D. Head of Housing and Human Settlements
Research Group, School of Architecture, Planning and Policy
Development, Institute of Technology Bandung, Indonesia
· Representative of one-north development, Jurong Town
Corporation, Singapore*
*pending confirmation

Call for Papers
Abstracts of 300 words maximum (Arial 11 font, single-spaced, MS-Word
document, no images) are invited to address the theme and issues
raised in the Seminar Introduction. Author’s name, institution,
email, mailing address, Abstract Title, and the Parallel Session they
would like to be considered for, must be provided on a separate page.
Authors should provide Abstract Title as file-name and send as
attachment to the Organizing Committee via email (
or fax (+62-22-250-8164).

Abstracts received will be blind-reviewed by members of the Steering
Committee, and Authors will be notified of the results. Based on
their recommendations, the Organizing Committee will allocate
selected Abstracts and subsequent Papers to Parallel Sessions, which
may differ from Author’s original preference.

Should an Abstract be selected for presentation in the Seminar, the
Author will be invited to send an expanded or 'full' version of the
Paper. Guidelines will be provided on the format, fonts, maximum
number of pages and possible insertion of images. Only English edited
papers will be accepted, and Authors should keep in accordance with
these guidelines for possible inclusion in the Seminar Proceedings.

Important Dates

· 3 March 2006 Deadline for Abstract submission

· 3 April 2006 Notification of Abstract review results begin
· 3 June 2006 Deadline for Papers submission
· 14 June 2006 Deadline for Registration and payment of Fees
for participants presenting Papers
· 14 July 2006 Deadline for Seminar/Workshop Registration
and payment of Fees for participants
· 21-23 July 2006 International Seminar (21-22 July) and
Workhop (23 July). Walk-in Registration on
day of Seminar/Workshop subject to
availabililty of places.

Fees and Payment
A. Seminar and Workshop (3 days)B. Seminar (2 days)C. Workshop (1
day) 1International ProfessionalUS$ 120US$ 100US$ 40 2International
StudentUS$ 60US$ 50US$ 20 3Indonesian Resident ProfessionalRp.
300.000,-Rp. 250.000,-Rp. 100.000,- 4Indonesian Resident StudentRp.
150.000,-Rp. 125.000,-Rp. 50.000,-

For the Seminar, fee includes seminar kit, Abstracts Book, CD-ROM of
Seminar Proceedings, coffee breaks and Certificate of Participation.
For the Workshop, fee includes workshop kit, coffee breaks and
Certificate of Participation. Student certification required.

Bank details of the Organizing Committee, for transfer of payment:
BANK MANDIRI, KCP Bandung Siliwangi Bandung, Indonesia. Swift Code: BEIIIDJA
US Dollars: Dr.Ing. Ir. HERU WIBOWO, MURP, IAI. - Acct.
No. 130-00-0474755-9
Indonesian Rupiah: Dr.Ing. Ir. HERU WIBOWO, MURP, IAI. - Acct.
No. 130-00-0474754-2

All selected Abstracts will be compiled in a book and, together with
a CD-ROM of Seminar Proceedings, will be provided to registered
participants at the Seminar venue. Seminar Proceedings in book form,
containing Papers received by the above deadline, will also be
available for purchase during the Seminar.

English is the official language for all Seminar business, including
Abstracts, Papers, presentations and correspondence. Translation
between Bahasa Indonesia and English will be provided during the
Workshop to facilitate discussion with and presentation to local
stakeholders and municipal officials.

The idyllic campus of Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) is the
venue for this international event. The Seminar will be held in East
Great Hall (Aula Timur), designed by architect Henri Maclaine Pont in
the early 20th-century, while the Workshop and Exhibition will take
place at the Architecture Building.

Organizing Committee
For further information and inquiries, please contact:
Organizing Committee, International Seminar and Workshop on Urban Culture
Attn. Dr. Woerjantari Soedarsono - Urban Design Laboratory,
Department of Architecture
School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development - Institute
of Technology Bandung
LabTek. IXA, 2nd Floor. Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132, INDONESIA
Tel/Fax (+62-22) 250-8164 Email: