• Vol 9, No 1 (2018)
  • Architecture

Events within Event, Units within Unit: Explaining the Structure of Urban Spaces Through Nesting Theory

Achmad Hery Fuad , Yandi Andri Yatmo , Emirhadi Suganda, Linda Darmajanti Ibrahim

Publish at : 27 Jan 2018 - 08:47
IJtech : IJtech Vol 9, No 1 (2018)
DOI : https://doi.org/10.14716/ijtech.v9i1.1014

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Fuad, A.H., Yatmo, Y.A., Suganda, E., .Ibrahim, L.D., 2018. Events within Event, Units within Unit: Explaining the Structure of Urban Spaces Through Nesting Theory . International Journal of Technology. Volume 9(1), pp.25-34
Achmad Hery Fuad - Department of Architecture Faculty of Engineering Universitas Indonesia
Yandi Andri Yatmo Department of Architecture Faculty of Engineering Universitas Indonesia
Emirhadi Suganda Department of Architecture Faculty of Engineering Universitas Indonesia
Linda Darmajanti Ibrahim Department of Sociology Faculty of Politic and Social Sciences Universitas Indonesia
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How do we reveal hidden structures within a complicated web of social interactions? How can we explain the complex nexus of relationships in a public space? In this paper, we offer a different perspective on urban structures by using a multi-layer perspective to understand the structure of space that emerges from the complex uses of spaces. We particularly benefit from the concept of nesting as the theoretical lens in our research. We use a popular urban leisure space in Jakarta as a case study: The Hotel Indonesia (HI) Roundabout during Car Free Day Sunday events. We reveal that within this particular event, there are nested smaller events. The nesting structure also demonstrates how events and activities overlap within a single setting. The nesting approach provides us with a chance to seek an alternative structure for urban spaces.

Nesting; Public space; Structure; Urban


In the case of the urban picnic at the CFD events at the HI Roundabout, we can see that the nesting approach provides opportunities to reveal the complexity of social activities in urban spaces. The nesting approach shows the phenomena of the events nested within an event; the small units nested within a larger unit. We can also look at the differences among the events and units and see the relationships between the entities and units. The relationship is easy and infinite, with or without a hierarchy, and sometimes overlapping. The nesting approach can reveal the structures nesting within the structure and depict the mechanism of the overlapping structures of the units. Therefore, it provides a chance to seek out alternative structures of urban spaces.


This paper is part of a doctoral dissertation funded by PITTA Grant UI 2017. The field data collection was assisted by Mikhael Johannes, Mikhta Farid, and Tenrita Rizkiaty

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