The Urbanist

Moving capitals

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23 January 2020

Episode 432

30 minutes


Photo: Muhammad Fadli

We ask why leaders often flirt with the idea of changing their country’s capital and what it means if those plans go ahead.

23 January 2020

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Chapter 1

7 minutes


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Chapter 1

Moving Jakarta

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If President Joko Widodo’s ambitious plan comes to fruition, Indonesia is set to have a new capital. Though there’s an argument for leaving Jakarta, would a new seat of government be an improvement?

7 minutes

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Chapter 2

4 minutes


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Chapter 2

Unexpected capitals

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Why assumptions about a country’s administrative capital – perhaps due to population or even popularity – often turn out to be wrong.

4 minutes

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Chapter 3

15 minutes


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Chapter 3

The ideal capital city

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What would a perfect capital city look like? We go back to the drawing board to analyse some of the key elements of a new city from an urban planner’s perspective.

15 minutes

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