GotongRoyong City - Envisioning the Future of Jakarta (International architectural and urban design competition)
“Greater Jakarta”: estimated at 25milion inhabitants (2nd largest urban area in the world). Visitors/city-users increase the congestion: severe traffic jams and overcrowdings ocurring almost every day. 40% of Jakarta is below sea level: air pollution, waste management, drinking water shortage, flooding (due to clogged sewage pipes/waterways, savage urbanization and deforestation). Major buildings, highrises, services and residual public space are occasional and poorly connected, separated by endless traffic times. Seemingly, no solution.
The 2nd Chance: Jakarta Layer_02.
Imagine a new, physical urban level slightly wrapping the traditional city: a sort of foamy “Monumento Continuo” finally representing the connective tissue able to create smart relationships between the major existing urban issues. A porous mega-structure, served with a new urban transport system (TransJakarta 2.0?), which integrates public spaces, hanging gardens, pedestrian promenades, commercial/residential/office functions, inner energy/water accumulators. A sample of what Jakarta aims to become.
©Luca Silenzi, Spacelab Architects, april 2009