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Minutes of a Meeting

Journal | Tuesday, 23 August 2011 | sundanesecorner.org

Hawe Setiawan

Subject: Planning to Redesign Bandung Station Hall

Venue: Bandung Station Hall

Date: Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Participants: scholars, students, activists, government officials, military officers, etc.

Ana Sumarna (right) and I on the roof of his office where he undertakes a sort of urban farming

THE meeting was held at Bandung Station Hall in the afternoon. Widi (Widya) of Pasundan University, on behalf of the initiators, opened the meeting by conveying the aim of this informal gathering: discussing the chance to rearrange Bandung Sation Hall as a public space. Every one was expected to express her/his ideas for the benefit of the plan.

Ana Sumarna, the key initiator of the meeting, expressed his dreams to redesign the space so that it could be a nice public space for the city. He imagined a collective movement that could bring prosperity for local people in particular and for the city of Bandung in general. He said—among others—he needs assistance from scholars, experts, activists, artists, etc. in undertaking the collective movement so that his dreams will come true.

Hawe Setiawan informed the participants of what he had done in assisting Pak Ana and friends: interviewing Ana for several times in order to collect materials to be written in a master plan. He also said this plan needs interdisciplinary approaches: e.g. economics, civil engineering, architecture, urban design, etc.

Designer Yayat presented his rough master plan in which he emphasized the significance of a plan to develop what he called ‘meeting point’. A visual design of the rejuvenation of the space in question was presented in details.

Economist Acuviarta Kurtubi put forward his assertions of the plan based on economic perspective. He said the master plan would not attract investors, for the plan seemed to be non-profit oriented. However, the city’s government should support the plan. According to Acuviarta, there are at least two options to be considered:

  1. Propose the plan to the government of City of Bandung. It could be a pilot project in rebuilding a public space/public sphere in which grass roots people could be actively participated both in planning and in realizing the development.
  2. Propose the plan to some international organizations, e.g. JICA, the World Bank, etc.

Supposed that we take option one, so he said, and we need to know what kind of concept the government has to undertake socio-cultural development throughout the city.

Iwan Suhermawan, Secretary of APPKL (an association of local vendors), said Bandung Station Hall seemed to have been marginalized in current development of the city. He also said we could actually rearrange the space without assistance of a third party. However, the city’s government could possibly refuse such a concept, mainly because the land where the bus station is located belongs to the government, i.e. Transportation Bureau. ‘Does the government have a political will to rearrange the space?’ he asked.

Tia, a scholar of urban design, said there are two aims to be met through this collective movement: undertaking a social empowerment and proposing a solution for Bandung transportation problems.

Giri Qudrat was willing to support Ana’s plan. He said we need a simple survey to demonstrate that the space needs to be rearranged. There is actually only one option, which is cooperation with the city’s government. The rough concept that was presented, so he said, seemed to be approved by everyone. Yet we need to describe the ‘meeting point’ concept in more details. We also need to form teamwork as well as a public relation program for the benefit of this collective movement. He also reminded everyone that we should make a schedule.

Before leaving, Acuviarta said that he was willing to assist Ana and friends by preparing an economic concept.

Performance artist Rosikin said the space could be functioned as a center for performance art by empowering local people. He said we could train local people to build their skill in performing art works.


  1. Ana’s dreams should be translated into a detailed grand design.
  2. While the complete grand design is still in the process of conceptualization, collective movement should be staged, e.g. performance arts, small library, public relation programs, etc.









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