The Kota Tua is Jakarta’s old town located near the old Dutch harbor. It is centered around Fatahillah Square and stretches along the Kali Besar canal towards the Sanda Kalapa harbor to the north and to Chinese neighbourhood to the south. It is an area of the city with a rich history and traces of its glory years, but has been neglected and threatens to crumble to the ground if nothing is done to revive it soon.

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The Kota Tua is Jakarta’s old town located near the old Dutch harbor. It is centered around Fatahillah Square and stretches along the Kali Besar canal towards the Sanda Kalapa harbor to the north and to Chinese neighbourhood to the south. It is an area of the city with a rich history and traces of its glory years, but has been neglected and threatens to crumble to the ground if nothing is done to revive it soon. Wageningen University, together with Niek Roozen bv, was asked to investigate the area based on the green city principles and offer advice how to bring life back into Kota Tua.  A full inventory was made of the neighbourhood, especially around Fatahillah Square and Kali Besar. The existing trees were evaluated and questions were raised as to why many trees are not thriving in this area of the city. A list of tree species which could be planted in Kota Tua was made based on observations in other areas of Jakarta as well as the Bogor Botanical Garden. Design principles were set up for future redesign of the area to attract tourism, residents and workers and colourful collages were created to illustrate the benefits green can have here. This report was submitted to the Agricultural Office of the Embassy in December. Many of these images will also be used during the Jakarta Old Town Reborn exhibition and festival in June 2014.
 

 

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Client: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Jakarta
 
Cooperation: WUR – Applied Plant Research
 
Year: 2013-2014
 
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia