Students from the ETH are travelling to Jakarta to tackle a large scale urban and hydrological challenge. To give you a sense of scale: Jakarta has a population of 10 million in 2011, + 3 million more than entire population in Switzerland.
The FS2013 Landscape Architecture Studio of Prof. Christophe Girot proposes to investigate the future architectural and landscape adaptations in the area of Kampung Melayu on the Ciliwung river, at the heart of Jakarta, Indonesia. The design studio will address the contemporary challenge of architectural design and landscape architecture in a flood prone area of Jakarta. Before talking about improvements in the water quality and biodiversity of the river, the prime concern will be a to redefine the river edge both as an urban artifact, a public space and a park of cultural value. The studio will rely on field analysis and work that has been developed through Design Research Studios and doctoral work at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore. The aim is to develop an approach both at the architectural scale and the urban landscape scale that is both responsible and respectful of local cultural traditions and dwelling patterns. A seminar trip to Jakarta and Singapore is planned in March 2012 it is a mandatory part of the studio it will be supported by the ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore.