Urban Guerrilla #5 MOBILITY

May 2017

Mobility is a key dynamic movement in urban spaces. Ease of access to places, services and activities you love are the key to a happier life.

Mobility and the associated infrastructure invariably shapes the urban form – the spatial imprint defined by roads, transport systems, spaces, pedestrian way and buildings of cities. But, mobility should not only be a matter of developing transport infrastructure and services. It has to be placed in a systemic context including city planning as a whole, to overcome the social, economic, political, and physical constraints of movement. Distances between functional destinations such as workplaces, schools, hospitals, administration offices, health services, or shopping amenities have become a challenge in urban spaces. Sometimes, the places are really close, but they feel so far because we have become too dependent on car-centered mobility.

Addressing the mobility challenge calls for a paradigm shift in urban planning, encouraging compact cities and mixed-land use as a way to increase accessibility and to reduce the need for transportation altogether. Understanding that the purpose of mobility is to gain access to destinations, activities, services and goods, urban planning should therefore be people-centered, so that functional endpoints are as close as possible to each other, in effect reducing “distances” and transportation needs.

Thus, urban planning and design should focus on how to bring people and places together, by creating cities that value accessibility, rather than merely adding urban transport infrastructure to increase the movement of people or goods. The urban space needs to be rethought in order to optimize flow of traffic, but also to increase and encourage the use of non-motorized transport, such as pedestrian movement or cycling.

Streets need to be adapted, with walkways, crossings, and cycling lanes. Transport junctions need to be established to create connection points between different transport modes, thus facilitating access to and extending the range of a mobililty system, on both the macro level – the city, the region and beyond – and micro level – the neighborhood.

For the last 1 year, Urban Guerrilla and URBAN+ have done various scale of mobility project, from pedestrian scale: Pedestrian Way in Jalan Melawai Jakarta and Pedestrian Connectivity in Segitiga Karet, light rail scale: Bandung Metro Capsule, port scale: Muara Baru Fishery Center, up to aerotropolis scale: Kulon Progo Airport City & Aerotropolis.

And as part of addressing the mobility challenge, we humbly set up a public discussion “Towards a Walkable City”; with intent to address the mobility challenge from the smallest scale: walk mode. We believe, a walkable city will give us further benefits: a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Invites various people from various background – government, developers, urban planner / designer, architect, and the community- together we learn about what’s been happening in the design + construct process of pedestrian ways in Jalan Melawai (Jakarta) and Jalan Malioboro (Jogja).