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- The phenomenon of the megalopolis explored from various perspectives
- A supplement to other city books in its personal, idiosyncratic approach

Authors: Arjan van Helmond, Stani Michiels
Contributors: Charles Esche, Agung Hujatnikajennong, Abidin Kusno, Gerardo Mosquera
Design: Sanne Beeren 

2007, Valiz | supported by Mondriaan Fund, Netherlands Architecture Fund, EFL Foundation, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten | paperback | 160 pp. | 24 x 17 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-01-1


This book focuses on two projects based in the city of Jakarta by artist/architect Stani Michiels and artist Arjan van Helmond. From their different lines of approach they try to get a handle on Jakarta’s housing culture, the experience of private as opposed to public space and the consequences of city migration, as well as the city’s infrastructure, its increasing density and the coherence of the city as a whole. Many megalopolises in developing countries undergo explosive growth, with the cultural, social, political and economic complexity developing at an unprecedented rate. This phenomenon is being given more and more attention within the world of architecture and art. Essays by Charles Esche, Abidin Kusno, Gerardo Mosquera and Agung Jenong provide the book with a theoretical framework.

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