Deden Rukmana, professor and chairperson of the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Alabama A&M University and Sonia Roitman, associate professor at the University of Queensland, have released the book, “Routledge Handbook of Urban Indonesia.” Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, is increasingly urbanizing. The book offers a diverse view of urban conditions in the country. It covers a wide range of topics organized into five main themes: Indonesian planning context; informality, insurgency, and social inclusion; design, spatial, and economic practices; creative and innovative practices; and urban sustainability and resilience.
“Writing from cities large and small, from the academy and beyond, and across the Indonesian archipelago, the studies in this book go beyond a review of urban planning in Indonesia; they provide novel insights into the contemporary Southern urban condition. Most importantly, the book decenters professional urban planning by highlighting the multiple ways that grassroots movements, NGOs and ordinary urban residents are struggling for and contributing to the creation of more just and sustainable cities”. – Helga Leitner, UCLA