Pemandangan Hutan Kalimantan Timur
Landscape Scenic view in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. © Nick Hall


When Scientific Aspects of Spatial Planning Are Overridden

Quote: Musnanda Satar

When the scientific aspects of spatial planning are addressed, the existing planning documents can provide solutions to long-term planning needs.

Urban planning includes land, land use, spatial morphology, distribution of data sources, and well-planned and managed social interactions. For example, one of the highlights of urban planning is the limited detailed planning product for urban areas in the form of a detailed spatial plan (RDTR). The RDTR provides direction on how the city design will be built. Urban planning is limited because it requires primary data and detailed, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional studies. After all, three-dimensional building planning also requires good planning.

Meanwhile, planning for non-urban areas has been highlighted concerning ecological disaster events. Several scientific studies have been carried out to mainstream ecological aspects in regional planning. One was a study by Allister Scott et al. in 2018 that recommended mainstreaming ecosystem science into planning practice. This can be done successfully with prerequisites, including political support, effective leadership, a social learning process, and a willingness to leave the existing planning comfort zone.

Opinion Editorial by Musnanda Satar