Megaregionalization is deemed the globalization’s new urban frontier. However, its hegemonic perspective makes us difficult to seek its relevance for developing and transitional countries. Indonesia has specific nature of geomorphological formation, and socio-economic and political trajectories. Over the past decades, Indonesia has been experiencing mega-urbanization around its major cities. Particularly, Java Island has become the most populated island in the world with more than one thousand people live in one square kilometer. This presentation aims to comprehend the extent to which megaregion has emerged as a new scale of urbanization in the island. In the case of Java, the physical formation at inter-metropolitan scale is not necessarily new and has strongly been shaped by its longtime historical origins and development. Furthermore, the urban form perspective is inadequate and cannot entirely reveal the complexity of urbanization at this higher spatial scale. Therefore, we suggest combining it with non-physical perspectives that acknowledge the reproduction of inter-metropolitan networking through flows of people, good, and capital. Our analysis also indicates that sectoral and spatial policy formulation and implementation have in part unintentionally facilitated megaregionalization in Java.
About the Speaker
Dr. Delik Hudalah is associate professor of urban and regional planning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development (SAPPD), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia. Delik has focused his works on the transformation of urban frontiers in emerging cities, metropoles and mega-urban regions in the context of Asian countries’ transition to decentralization and democracy. He is particularly interested in the interfaces, interactions and conflicts of urban and rural landscapes, socio-economic changes and environmental protection, and global forces and local aspirations in the reproduction, planning and governance of Indonesia’s urban edge and peri-urban space.
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