To Build City-Region Anew:
Space for Participation and Citizens’ Initiatives.
 Paper written for Tokyo University’s “Sustainable City-region Workshops,” 23-24 February 2010, Shangri-La Hotel, Tainan, Taiwan.
This paper discusses experiences of participatory practices and citizens’ initiatives in city-region building in a context of recently and rapidly democratising country, Indonesia. While these experiences are rooted in specific post-authoritarian Indonesia, they nevertheless indicate some ideas that might be important for our our transition towards sustainability. The paper argues that participation and citizens’ initiatives are more than just a fulfilment of a political right, but a new way of building sustainable city-region.
Keywords: Participation, Spatial Planning, Citizens’ Initiatives, Aceh, Jakarta.