San Francisco

Comparative Urbanism: Learning from Jakarta

Special Program


View overlooking the Hub -Mission and South Van Ness-in San Francisco

The relations between cities in developed economies and cities of the Global South have traditionally been one of emulation: by modernizing in ways that were previously modeled in Europe and North America, cities in postcolonial countries could optimize urban development. In the 21st century, many cities in the Global South are larger and more dynamic than cities of the West. As San Francisco faces new challenges, considering emergent models can provide new perspectives. This event will present urbanist scholars from Jakarta—the world’s second largest city and one of its fastest growing—who will discuss current patterns of urban transformation there. Join SPUR and USF for a series of roundtables with urbanists from the Bay Area that will engage these concepts in the local context to discern collectively what lessons we can take away from engaging with Asia’s emerging cities.


Event Schedule:

  • 1:00 - 2:30PM Panel Discussion: Urban Development in Contemporary Jakarta
  • 2:45 - 3:30 PM Roundtable 1
  • 3:30 - 4:15 PM Roundtable 2
  • 4:15 - 5:00 PM Roundtable 3
  • 5:00 - 6:00 PM Post-Event Mixer

*Roundtable topics and panelists to be updated at a later date.


Doors will open 30 minutes in advance of the program.



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Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

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