Weiting Kong (M.Sc)

Dhwani Bisani (M.Arch)

Paravee Pokawatthananurak (M.Arch)

2019 – 2020


Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, has a long history of struggling with frequent flooding due to its geographical location. Rapid, unplanned urbanisation over the past few decades has resulted in large amounts of informal settlements in the city, which are often accused of aggravating flooding. However, the inhabitants are also often the most adversely affected by flooding.

RIVERtalise aims to explore a holistic approach to solving the problems associated with flooding and unplanned urbanisation, by integrating urban strategy and infrastructure for flood mitigation with the urban fabric.

At an urban scale, flood control strategies were distributed based on the river dynamics and nature of the floodplain. These infrastructures including the new absorptive landscapes were taken as the skeleton for urban zoning so that the local urban fabric could respond to different flood control strategies.

For the provision of housing, the project aimed to evolve vernacular typologies to suit the needs of modern households and future demographic growth. The architectural system pursues a framework that allows for spatial flexibility with emphasis on communal spaces, which is often lost in the existing government housing schemes. Bringing the urban scale and architectural scale solutions together, the resulting design aims to improve the neighbourhood’s resilience to flooding, at the same time taking into consideration the needs of its inhabitants.