Winners Announced for Gotong Royong City

The winners of the idea competition for the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) 2009 in collaboration with Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia (Indonesian Institute of Architects Jakarta Chapter) have just been announced. The IABR introduced this competition to ‘explore to what extent architects, with their knowledge, skills, and imaginative powers, can contribute to solving urgent problems in contemporary society. It therefore challenges the design disciplines, using the specific expertise of architecture, to conduct “research by design” and to develop concrete proposals, based on the Biennale’s theme’. The theme of this year’s competition Gotong Royong City (translated to be “mutual assistance”) is took create an “urban condition that enables diverse cultures and lifestyles to coexist….in the context of the extended metropolitan region of Jakarta.”

First prize was awarded to Jakarta Bersih!, second place was awarded to Let’s Catch the Water! Jakarta Sponge City, third place for Field Estate: A Platform for Symbiotic Urbanism, and special mentions to Ojek City: Permeable Mobility, Stitching the Strip, and Eco Gate as Border Device.

Winning project descriptions and images after the break.

NUNC architecten Steven Brunsmann Johan Krol João Bentes Floor Moormann Tanja Van der Laan

Jakarta bersih!, a vertical cleaning kampung (condensed community) addresses Jakarta’s issues of overpopulation, pollution, shortage of green area, poverty, floods and vast waste-volume.   The idea proposes that the kampungs become two-sided high-rise structures.  By relocating the kampungs, there will be space to create open green areas.  A waste processing machine will sit on top of the high-rise, thus providing jobs for those who are struggling financially.

mamostudio + UPH University Adi Purnomo and David Hutama with Carolina Setiawan, Steven Rendi Willyvans, Irene Setiawati, Tifani Veronica, Cicilia Angelia, Arsheila Kinan, Ayudya Paramitha, Kelly, Conny Andriani Yosisca

Let’s catch the water! Jakarta Sponge City, the competition’s second place winner, encourages the collection of rain water. The idea consists of nine watersheds that will be strategically distriubted around Jakarta to turn ”a natural disaster into something beneficial to the community.”

GABPA architects Gesa Buettner and Alejo Paillard with Alvar Mensana

Field Estate: A Platform for Symbiotic Urbanism finished third with the idea to ”achieve a city-scape of typological diversity and cooperative coexistence, combining normally segregated urban conditions into strategic partners.”  Two main elements, towers and platforms, play different roles in the city.  The towers provide density to the urban atmopshere with their formation mimicking a water lily, while platforms adapt to the existing infrastructure.

LABO Architecture+Design Deddy Wahjudi PhD, Nelly L. Daniel PhD, Hamal O. Pangestu, Mariska Pratimi, Angga Rosiawan

Ojek City: Permeable Mobility is an organic temporary shelter designed to be constructed anywhere.  The flexible shelter can turn lost spaces into social spaces, easily maintained by and belonging to the community.

Dimitrij Zadorin

Stitching the Strip, a contemporary ”corporate strip”, is a metaphoric symbol amending the existing urban structures to reconnect kampungs by a series of bridges and reorganize the space around skyscrapers.

Budi Pradono Architects Budi Pradono, Anton Suryono, Yuli Sri Hartanto, Rina Nur Aisah, Adam Modigliani Prana, Adryan Fernando Hutagaol, Primaldi Perdana

The last honorable mention winner, Eco Gate as Border Device, responds to Jakarta’s drastic population increase due to suburbanization. The project aims to stop the development of gated communities in an effort to create a new ”cohabitation between various industries and individuals”.

As seen on designboom. All images courtesy of the International Architectural and Urban Design Competition.

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Cite: Karen Cilento. "Winners Announced for Gotong Royong City" 15 Jul 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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