Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2015

Jakarta today is a physical manifestation of a failed utopian ideal. A juxtaposition of new modern architecture and the urban periphery of the slums, modernity in the city is engraved as a set of contradictions. A contradiction of time, the city is a haphazard urban landscape of modern architecture representing corporate power, the non-sensicality of the vernacular and dilapidated shanty houses. The ideology of development in Jakarta between 1966 and 1998 was based on a temporal assumption drawn from modernization theory. The plans were to lead to freedom and to eradicate poverty, so as to achieve the national goal of a “society that is just and prosperous.” Corruption and politics in Indonesia has thus far driven this idealism to its death. The core issue is that corruption is endemic and there is no strong government body to prevent any higher financial power to conquer. At the same time, architects are sustained by the market economy, resulting in the lack of criticality to their work. This lack of criticality is what drives failed potential. What this thesis aims to do is encourage a dialogue around urbanisation and architecture in Jakarta to provide a more critical viewpoint. It takes the approach of problem = solution, enforcing the transparency of issues. The website Jakarta Past Present Future offers this dialogue through Jakarta’s past, present and future landscape. The book series entitled Conversations over Traffic is a memorabilia, emphasising the idea of traffic as a cultural identity and another failure of urbanisation. It consists of people's experiences of the city through time. This thesis is a visual investigation of Jakarta’s contradictory environment, as an exploration of modernism and its discontents as well as the limits of the developmentalist paradigm.

Carolina Acosta

Carina Adijanto

Kathryn Adkins

Rosa Antonieta Andia Pastor

Che Ying Au

Nadia Bakst

Kevin Ballon

Tess Barber

Mercedes Beach

Trey Bedingfield

Evan Bender

Jan-Luca Berger

Liz Bergesch

Gabriel Berrios

Bianca Rose Bono

Zoe Sarah Bortz

Margot Bravi

Harlie Brindak

Stefania Brusatin

Shamma Buhazza

Daniela M. Casado

Edgar Castro

Dahye Chang

Alicia Chen

Jiayi Chen

Taylor Childers

Sanjana Chimnani

Yerang Choi

Caroline Chriss

Gregory Conte

Rafael Cordoboa

Gina Marie Costa

Karen-Cristina Cruz

Rachel Darmody

Amanda DeGiuseppe

Brittany DiPeri

Dariel Ben Dominguez

Phoebe Feng

Mark Foss

Lindsey Frazier

Anais Freitas

Amanda Goldstein

MaryAnn George

Camille Gervais

Sarah Gonzalez

Jessica Griscti

Anissa Hanley

Christa Herchek

Albert Hicks IV

Deja Holden

Mu-Ti Huang

Cari Hume

Zachary David Hurley

Anushae Hussain

Nicole Ignacio

Lama Kaddura

Sul Kim

Ji Hyun Kim

Hyerin Kim

Sunghoon Kim

Green Kim

Felicitas Kofler

Joan Koo

Hannah Kramer

Taiji Kuroda

Jasmine Lam

Alex Lardaro

Liberty Leben

Victoria Lee

Jayne Lee

Stephanie Leone

Crysta Leong

Sara Li

Liza Littlefield

Christopher Lucero

Huy Luong

Briana Lynch

Rachel Mak

David Marte

Nelle McDade

Kelly Merole

Marie Mhina

Riho Mineta

Regina Morgan-Muñoz

Ayla El-Moussa

Baki Mumkaya

Summer Myung

Caroline Newton

Sofia Oom

Adrian Ortega Pedraza

Rusbeny Pichardo

Maria Putri

Auriel Rickard

Nancy Rivera

Simone Roark

Emalis Robateau

Hussain Salahuddin

Benjamin Sands

Ariel Saura

Taleen Setrakian

Wren Sieber

Erinn Springer

Phuong Tran

Hilary Tunstall

Ujvala Abirami Vemparala

Gosbinda Vizarretea

Claudia von Hillebrandt

Marcus Washington Jr.

Jocelyn Wu

Jasmine Yacoub

Brenden Ying

Horin Yip

Christelle YuanYuan Zhang

Katie Zheng