VISIONARY BLUEPRINT WINS SMART CITIES PRIZE AT WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL 2017
BY Zoe Phoon
The master plan looks amazing.
SHAU Architects’ design team used mainly the Manhattan grid to form the urban framework on the oval-shaped island while other city grids also inspired the design.
This organisation of urban space gives Jakarta’s 1.9 million residents new living space, public promenades, parks and plazas.
By integrating Indonesia’s prominent shoreline, the master plan gives residents tropical parks, beaches, lakes and canals.
Zones are dedicated to coastal communities so fisheries can thrive.
Boat moorings are placed next to the fisheries workers’ housing compound.
The island would also mitigate future flooding with help from the giant sea wall.
The ArchDaily website reported that SHAU Architects created the master plan for the Jakarta Jaya Foundation. The plan focuses on large-scale land reclamation to integrate green spaces.
By addressing impending challenges like land subsidence and rising sea levels due to rapid population and economic growth, the firm’s proposal, Jakarta Jaya: The Green Manhattan, won a Smart Cities prize at the World Architecture Festival 2017.
According to SHAU founders and architects Florian Heinzelmann and Daliana Suryawinata, the master plan envisions an ensemble of ecological and social projects in one multiple-grid layout.
It will be a pedestrian-based city. Each plot will have green regulations for buildings and open spaces, covering horizontal and vertical connections between buildings, for example.
There will be architecture and landscape designs for recreation, education and housing, among others.
The blueprint plans for Jakarta’s growth sustainably through objectives that include 50% green and blue open spaces, zero net carbon dioxide emissions, 50% of food self-grown and produced, 80% of water self-provided, 150% of green energy produced, and 150% of garbage recycled.
Other objectives are 90% car-free zone with automated public and private transport, one public white solar car for every 10 inhabitants, 20% of people using boats to commute, 200m maximum distance between public transportation stops, 20% of commercial buildings dedicated to middle- and low-income housing and marketplaces, and 1:1 people to bicycle ratio.
Since 2012, Jesse Kuijper, CEO of Borneo Initiative, together with the SHAU founders had been planning Jakarta Jaya: The Green Manhattan as an independent endeavour.
In 2013, the project was given to the Indonesian government in the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s bidbook.
The plan is designed to be 58sq km over a 30-year timeframe. — P360