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'Forest Archipelago' wins design contest for new Indonesia capital

Government will use entry as a basis for the Borneo site's development plan

The winning entry in a contest to design Indonesia's new capital. (Photo by Erwida Maulia)

JAKARTA -- A plan for a small coastal city built on restored oil palm plantations and surrounded by wetlands and lush tropical forests won a design contest for Indonesia's new planned capital.

The "Forest Archipelago City" proposal beat more than 750 other entries for the design of the core 5,600-hectare administrative capital to be built in East Kalimantan province on Borneo island. Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said on Monday after the announcement that the winning entry will be used as a basis for the site's development plan.

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