Universitas Indonesia Conferences, 7th International Symposium of Journal Antropologi Indonesia

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Producing Diverse Urban Spaces: Territorial politics at Bandung’s Car Free Day
Frans Ari Prasetyo

Building: Soegondo Building
Room: 126
Date: 2019-07-24 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Last modified: 2019-06-25


Temporary street environments for revelry and celebration offer vast opportunities for exploration, experimentation, and empowerment. In Bandung, the Car Free Day movement on Bandung’s historical road of Dago provides a supportive environment for experimenting with differing kinds of social organization, relationships, norms, and rules of behavior, as well as with new forms of art and spatialities. This paper explores the production of space by this alternative culture that physically gathers for only one day (only 4 hours) each week. The objective is to highlight the social nature of space in the city, where people experience, collaborate, and take pride in their work. Lefebvre's perceived-conceived-lived triad is helpful to identify the factors that define the production of urban environments, notably, their diversity and resulting spatial experiences, therefore the attitudes people develop towards evolving urban spaces. At Car Free day, the street becomes a product of social inclusion, sharing, and personal/collective urban transformation. The culture produces a continuous, free-flowing, and all-inclusive interiority in its accommodation and celebration of creativity and diversity. This paper is based on an ongoing research and observation of the form and historical transformation of this widely known weekly event in Bandung.

Keywords: Bandung Car Free Day; Diversity; Lefebvre; Social Inclusion; Urban Space