Students and Volunteerism

Design students have played an important role in Solo Kota Kita since the beginning of the initiative – from gathering data to making the drawings in the mini atlases. Here’s what a few of the dozens of students who have been involved have to say about the role of volunteering in their design education.

Bima Pratama Putra

Universitas Sebelas Maret

Solo Kota Kita is a project which aims at giving information about Solo to residents of the city. It was my first experience working on an urban planning project – doing analysis, making figure ground maps, using Geographic Information Systems, … Read More ->

Emily Schlickman

Harvard University

As we rounded the corner on our motorbikes, kicking up a large cloud of dust in the narrow passageway, we caught a glimpse of our first study community in eastern Solo. Nestled between a berm to the north and a … Read More ->

Farikha Amalia

Universitas Sebelas Maret

Many students from the architecture and urban planning programs joined together for the early mapping initiatives of Solo Kota Kita. As the team grew bigger, many friends with different backgrounds became involved – from community activists to students from Solo … Read More ->

Emily Lesk

Harvard University

Before working with Solo Kota Kita, I took data’s great power largely for granted. I had synthesized and analyzed demographic data while working in private sector land use consulting, where we assumed that the quantitative information needed to solve any … Read More ->

Agam Djohar Afandi

Universitas Sebelas Maret

Solo Kota Kita has shown me how I can contribute something useful for Solo – the place that has become my second hometown. We produce mini atlases that help people understand their neighborhood better. The mini atlases are also a … Read More ->