About Arte-Polis

The biennial event Arte-Polis brings together to Bandung, Indonesia, creative champions from different places around the world, to share and learn from their creative experiences on place-making. Participants come from a diverse range of disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture and planning, business and management, cultural and development studies, design and visual arts, digital-media and information-communication technology, economics and geography, as well as the arts and humanities.

Arte-Polis is an initiative of the Architecture Program at School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institut Teknologi Bandung’s (ITB) in collaboration with other creative institutions, held, Indonesia’s city with a long heritage of creative culture, communities and collaborations.

The inaugural Arte-Polis was held between 21-23 July 2006 on the ITB campus in Bandung, Indonesia. The event hailed the theme “Creative Culture and the Making of Place” through an international seminar on Urban Culture, a design workshop on Dago Creative Corridor, an exhibition featuring on Heteropia and 36 Frames, as well as a bazaar offering a Taste of Bandung. Keynote speakers of the 2006 Arte-Polis international seminar were Prof. Alexander R. CUTHBERT of the University of New South Wales, Australia, and Prof. Dorodjatun KUNTJORO-JAKTI, former Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Republic of Indonesia.

On 8-10 August 2008, Arte-Polis 2 highlighted the theme “Creative Communities and the Making of Place: Sharing Creative Experiences”. This event consisted of an international conference, design charette and exhibition. Keynote speakers were the renowned Charles LANDRY of Comedia, the United Kingdom, and the distinguished Dr. Mari Elka PANGESTU, Minister for Trade, Republic of Indonesia. Featured Speakers included Prof. Lily KONG of the National University of Singapore; and Prof. Masayuki SASAKI of Osaka City University, Japan. The design charette of Arte-Polis 2 proposed creative interventions for Reclaiming Lost Space under the Pasupati Flyover-Bridge. Both the inaugural Arte-Polis and Arte-Polis 2 were attended by well over 250 participants from 16 countries.

Building on the successes of the first two Arte-Polis in 2006 and 2008, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) presented Arte-Polis 3 on 22-24 July 2010 in Bandung, consisting of an international conference and national design competition with the theme “Creative Collaboration and the Making of Place: Learning from Shared Creative Experiences”. Speakers in the conference were Prof. Nezar ALSAYYAD, Ph.D. of University of California, Berkeley, USA; Prof. Eku WAND of Braunschweig University of Art, Germany; and Nancy MARSHAL, Ph.D. of University of New South Wales, Australia.
Now, once again, ITB is pleased to present Arte-Polis 4, which will be held in the green campus of ITB on 5-7 July 2012.  The Arte-Polis 4 consisting of an international conference and workshop with the theme “Creative Connectivity and the Making of Place: Living Smart by Design”.
The aim of Arte-Polis 4is to bring together and to connect practitioners, academics, artists, community leaders, local government officials, policy-makers and other professionals from diverse disciplines and regions around the world concerned with the quality of life and collaborative nature of creative communities in urban, rural and pastoral places. Its objective is to share and learn from international and local experiences regarding current issues, best practices and policy implications of creative connectivity on place-making.