A civic space is defined in the words, spaces in which public related to different background and walks of life can associate with no explicit control by regime, commercial or other personal concerns, or actual preeminence by one faction by another. Therefore, the attributes of civic spaces are described as a sense of collective attachment; a contented cultural, physical, and social composition; a social system, involving discussion and argument; a participatory atmosphere; and prospective for shaping bigger public networks and foresight. In the same way, Douglas 2007 explains a civic space as the spaces for the construction and reconstruction of practices of social collaboration, social assets development, and problem solving.
Few categories of civic spaces are recognized as a mode of considering trends in the verve of civil society. In Pacific Asia, with its customs of strong urbanized states, the materialization of civic spaces has mostly taken place through confrontation and uprising. Though, continuing political restructuring direct to new potential for the routine terms of civic spaces that are exposed to everyone and are protected against government exploitation by the rule of law. Simultaneously, the influences of globalisation on civic spaces are rising, as cities struggle for global investment and as metropolitan spaces become split by global association and privatisation for business gains. Programs for civic space planning, as a consequence necessitate paying consideration not only to progressive restructuring in state-civil society affairs, but also to mean in which affairs between regions and globalisation are changing the contents and utilization of urban spaces.
Jakarta is the great city in Southeast Asia with remarkable scale of population growth and broad range of urban dilemma. The total population of Jakarta enlarged hundred times in the previous century. The fringe of Jakarta is intensely reliant on the central city. Jakarta is the seat of government and company offices, entertainment, and advertisement enterprises. The financial system of Jakarta controls its neighbouring regions. In the hours of daylight, total population in Jakarta almost twice its population in the nocturnal. Consequently, the city gets bigger frenziedly with compound centers which then fall short to accommodate the requirements of its residents.
The expanding population growth in Jakarta initiates the need for housing and other municipal services in Jakarta's peripheral regions. Murakami 2006 claims the suburbanization in Jakarta is an immediate consequence of no less than two strategies: the municipal sanction scheme for land development, and subsidized housing finance policy. These schemes have most helped some developers that powerfully connected with the government because half of the land development sanctions were allowed to 16 out of 183 development companies that erected shopping malls in Jakarta. On the other hand, the central city has attracted uneven investment in service industries, trade and hotel, and restaurant construction, these all have largely contributed to generate the major problem of Jakarta with its lacking of civic space.
Some of Asian mega cities are experiencing rapid population and economic growth. Urbanization in those cities is taking place differently from the models of city growth occurred in Western countries. Recognizing the distinctiveness of Asian urbanization will be essential for the implementation of a regional landscape planning system. In this research paper, the Newling quadratic exponential model and the Clark linear exponential model are recommended to evaluate the spatial division of population compactness in three Southeast Asian great cities: Jakarta, Hong Kong, and Manila. Through these models land-use patterns in each of these 3 cities are analyzed by exploring the fusion of metropolitan and rural land use. The models of Newling and Clark explain that the three cities are at different levels of urbanization. Jakarta has experienced the suburbanization level, Manila even now is at an initial level of urbanization, and Hong Kong is at a middle level between Jakarta and Manila. Study of spatial models exposed areas of merged land consumption within and around the city area in the 3 cities and that these regions of merged land use will move outward as urbanization advances. These results show that planning patterns necessitate respecting the vernacular landscape of each Asian great cities as well as its level of urbanization.
In the consequences of the recent population and economic expansion in Jakarta, the elevated level of urbanization is charged as one of the cause in the adversity that caused lack of civic space in Jakarta. Jane Jacob's theory of The Peculiar Nature of Cities describes the importance of civic spaces. Jane Jacobs has had immense fondness to urban city life. She loves the urban vigorous and is mesmerized by the people who reside, work and entertain themselves in urban cities. "The city has something to offer to everyone since it is created by everyone", is one of her celebrated sayings. As stated by Jacobs, urban growth cannot be designed from behind a drawing table. For her an urban city is not something conceptual. From her first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, it is apparent that she likes to use a biological allegory as according to her the city is like a living being that is born, grows, matures, decays and can revive. The components of the city like people, lanes, streets, parks, neighborhoods, the government, and the economy cannot survive in absence of any one and all of these are like the organs of the human body, related and united with each other.
According to this evolutionary approach of Jacobs, streets have a significant function in civic life as they are the lifeblood where urban residents get together and where commerce and commercial activities go on. The street is the scene a "sidewalk ballet," for Jacobs, which establishes the safety, social firmness and economic advancement of cities. From this viewpoint, even removing the trash or having a chat with a passer-by is an act of theatrical demonstration. These every day activities turn a city into a lively city.
With the emergence of Globalisation more than half of its population lives in cities, the creation and sustenance of public spaces for the realization of civic culture as element of the public realm of supremacy also enhances in significance. This requirement is specifically apparent, but definitely not limited to, cities in Pacific (East and Southeast) Asia, which, over the previous thirty years, have been encountering among the most quick and strong development of urbanization in world history. While globalization takes to these areas assurances of wider approach to information that has turned into critical in more localized proletariat social enlistment toward democratic forms of government, it also carries influential forces that are transforming the developed environment of these regions toward more commercialized, commodified affairs that can challenge the necessity and sustenance of civic spaces. This paper attempts to better comprehend these results in terms of the realization of civil society and useful preeminence as facilitated by the civic spaces.