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The advancement of information and technology has altered the way we perceived space today. How we navigate through the city has changed dramatically with the aid of digital maps. Today, our travel behavior is to construct virtual mobility routes through online map, choose more efficient yet exciting path, and invent signifiers (kiosk, store front, group of trees), before actual mobility. Our virtual and real perception starts to augment, broadening our perspective towards the city.

There’s an augmentation of perception, between the real and the virtual, the physical and the digital. The inter-relation between people, space and technology is becoming more and more inevitable. Individual users become the key point; they stand in between digital and physical infrastructure. They’re the one who can evaluate and calibrate both infrastructures. Subjectivity become something important here, a tool to gives feedback to both provided information. Then, open platform become a necessity, to accommodate multiple users to input their subjectivities. The presence web 2.0 – a more comprehensive version of internet – as an open platform has brought our digital infrastructure to a new level.

Moreover, with social media, we can easily share our perception in the internet. We can upload comments, information, photos, videos that correspond to certain place of the city and mark its exact location on online maps. Websites such as Panoramio is an example of collective perception of the city built by multitude on top of online maps. Community like “Indonesia berkebun” ( takes this platform of online map and social media to strategize their move to make place in the city. Other example is “Keuken” (, a grass root initiative by young creative individuals in Bandung and Jakarta who loves local culinary and an attempt to break the monotony of urban life by reclaiming public space. The most recent one is “Spacebook”  (, a spatial network project. It is an open platform where anyone can be part of it. They can map unutilized space in the city, discuss what are the potential, how to deal with it, and collectively construct it.

This kind of bottom up planning will continue grows, as top down planning continue fail to deliver the needs of public space. Taking the advantage of digital maps as an open platform the multitude will strategize, reclaim, appropriate even collectively re-plan the city. The city will somewhat similar with open source software that is continuously developed by public in collaborative manner.