“Towards Sustainability: Changing the Urban Habitat and Habitus,” Presentation by Marco Kusumawijaya,
MAK Urban Future Initiative Fellow
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Reception at 7:00 pm
Presentation at 7:30 pm
MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles
at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Admission: $7, $6 students
Free for Friends of the Schindler House
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Please join us on Wednesday, June 4 at 7:30 pm at the Schindler House for a reception and discussion with Marco Kusumawijaya, an architect, urbanist, and activist based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Entitled “Towards Sustainability: Changing the Urban Habitat and Habitus,” Kusumawijaya will present a range of social, cultural and political possibilities for creating more sustainable cities. His work explores both the urban habitat, or built environment, and its habitus – the lifestyles, tastes and daily practices of city residents.
Kusumawijaya is in Los Angeles as part of the MAK Urban Future Initiative (UFI), a new international fellowship program dedicated to creating meaningful cross-cultural exchange about the challenges confronting cities worldwide. As the first UFI fellow-in-residence, Kusumawijaya has researched current and emerging initiatives aimed at creating more sustainable cities, including large-scale government programs, communities that practice urban agriculture and individuals who choose not to own cars. Which of these practices holds the greatest promise for a more sustainable future? How do we encourage and support positive change in government, community and individual practices? What are the different roles of artists, activists, architects and bureaucrats in changing both the habitat and habitus of cities?
More about Marco Kusumawijaya
Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Marco is an architect by training who has been active in the fields of architecture, the environment, cultural heritage, urban planning and development for 20 years. He has worked with the private sector, international agencies, governments and NGOs, and also writes and lectures, with a special interest in sustainable urbanization and social changes that promote sustainability. In 2001, he started Green Map in Indonesia, as part of an international effort to map the natural, cultural and green resources of communities throughout the world. His special interests include sustainable urbanization, urban studies of Jakarta, city and the arts, and social changes towards sustainability. He also works with the Urban Poor Consortium (UPC), a coalition of community-based organizations, professionals and NGOs. His most recent UPC project was the planning and early-stage of reconstruction of 23 villages (with 3,331 houses) in Banda Aceh and nearby coastal subdistricts after the 2004 tsuanami. He is currently (2006-2009) chair of Jakarta Arts Council.