And I shouldn't tell you more, since we all who live in this city practically know how it feels like being trapped in this bloody hell-ish traffic. Intermezzo, at least we should proud for it has contributed to the lists as one of Best of Asia 2009's remarkable experiences for the soul, particularly as the Best Place to Learn Practice, Jakarta that is. Well well, I am who personally a public transportation user have to admit it with no doubt that these jam things had taught me to be patient more each day where they keep on becoming even worse and worse, really I am not joking, just let's forget the old story of unstoppable increasing number of vehicles on the road, even the railway transportation has greatly exceeds the system's capacity causing an extreme crowding and the technical problems we always encounter means another delay. Another real traffic jam. Darn.
Okey, stop complaining here Mus, you are not alone because it is everybody's problem though. I still remember that once in my architecture school I ever learned about Broadacre City, an idea envisioned by my favorite American greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, who had been discussed for more than half a century. I agree with what someone said over the web that it's because Wright interested in expanding cultural and intellectual awareness, rather than the blind pursuit of material goods so common today, therefore he developed the Broadacre idea. Also, he believed that a man’s true success lay in a greater freedom of movement which he suggested would be possible with the improvements in technology which brought about the automobile, electrification and improvements in communication.
This utopian model of Broadacre is made to let go of traditional form -of the city as a whole, and of individual pieces such as the hospital, the church, the universities (institutions for creative expression and deep thought - the settings for becoming more universal), public schools (no longer to resemble factories, but set in “the choicest part of the whole countryside”, and here whereby every citizen of United States could be accommodated minimum of one acre of land per person, with the family homestead being the basis of civilization, and with the government reduced to nothing more than a county architect who would be in charge of directing land allotment and the construction of basic community facilities. Very outlandish, isn't it? But at that time it had been proved to be prophetic as sprawling suburban regions transformed the American landscape during the second half of twentieth century.
Its simplest idea is decentralization, where it actually was already taking place in the form of sprawl due to improvements in communication, electrification and transportation (better networks, cheaper automobiles, greater ownership of automobiles and high-speed travel ways). And look at the car flying over a low-density Broadacre-like landscape in this image. Tempting!
Waw, it's 5 pm already, I think I'll go home now. And the course of patience subject begins."Architecture is organic only because it is intrinsic. In the reflex it seeks to serve man rather than become a force trying to rule over him … it is building from inside out, instead from outside in …
The result: style is character. It is by integration in this interior sense that Broadacre City would give style birth; have great style all the while as something natural; not as something exterior or forced, either in its structure or upon its people.”~Frank Lloyd Wright