Monday, June 10, 2013

Fluidscape City: Urban Development for Contemporary Reservoir City Project : exhibition at Aedes East, Berlin 7 June-27July

  1. Fluidscape City: Urban Development for Contemporary Reservoir City Project : exhibition venue Aedes East, Berlin

    Fluidscape City envisages the future of Pluit, an area on the North coast of Jakarta. The area includes 80 hectares of reservoir, built by the Dutch in the 18th Century in anticipation of floods. Initially this served its purpose well but as time passed it became a dumping ground for rubbish and houses were built illegally on the site. These houses soon spread to cover over 20 hectares of land, a figure which is constantly increasing, bringing with it problems of sewage and waste disposal, which has made the water highly polluted and unclean. Flooding has again become a major problem in the area, occurring every 5 years with the latest in 2013 the worst yet due to a damaged reservoir pump.

    The Fluidscape city attempts to respond to these catastrophic floods by creating a new ‘smart city’ and in turn establishing a new business district and residential area. Combining a series of Archimedes screws with solar and wind powered fans, the new system can not only regulate the water level in the reservoir but can also treat it to serve and irrigate the neighbouring regions. The city consists of office towers, modern apartment buildings and a vertical urban farm, which will supply organic food to the surrounding areas.

    The slums will be replaced by new futuristic vertical Kampungs, or social housing for the informal workers in the area. Not only will the reservoir be fully functional again it will also become a tourist destination, served by a new hotel which can be seen hovering over the water.

    Since the 18th century Jakarta has utilised water as a method for transportation, with good river and ocean links acting as a gateway for trading with the Portuguese and the Dutch. These, however, have now become obsolete, as have plans to reconfigure the city to make it more structured, with rapid development and urban growth taking place with no comprehension of sustainability. The sheer density of people, buildings and cars in the city has meant that people have forgotten about the river as a premise for transport, development and growth. The Fluidscape Concept will help to smarten and reconfigure the city whilst at the same time helping people to understand the power of nature and the water, and change the spirit in which they live in Jakarta.

    The waterfront area will not only become a tool for educating people about the importance of the water as a resource for everyday human life, but it will become a highly desirable destination, with a series of promenades and public spaces allowing people to enjoy the area once again. This education will be passed down
    from generation to generation ensuring waste is no longer dumped into the rivers and reservoir. Housing the Kampungs in an urban village will control their irregular and dense nature, preventing urban sprawl whilst utilising the water as its main energy source alongside the absorption of heat through the buildings skin and wind through its turbines. The collection of sunlight through the building’s photovoltaics and management of rainwater during Jakarta’s rainy season also ensure a constant supply of energy all year round.

    The vertical urban farm will serve the needs of the community producing vegetables and breeding poultry, harnessing the latter as a biogas source to produce more energy for the city. The green areas around here provide additional oxygen for the surrounding building, allowing people to partake in sport, exercise and leisure activities, whilst gaining knowledge about nature.

    It is important that we utilise advances in technology as much as possible to create better cities, and it is anticipated that the latest discoveries in the fields of parametric architecture, kinetic energy and photovoltaic sciences being developed all over the world can be directly applied to this scheme. The new form and typology of the Fluidscape concept, developed specifically to harness the power of water within the urban context of Jakarta will add new value to the character of the city.

    Office Budi Pradono Architects, Jakarta, Indonesia in collaboration with Bina
    Nusantara University & Tarumanegara University Location Pluit, Penjaringan North Jakarta, Indonesia Design period December 2012 -­‐ April 2013 Construction/Realisation period unbuilt
    Concept by Budi Pradono
    Team Budi Pradono Architects Team: Stephanie Monieca, Hasan Nuri, Anggita Yudhisty Nasution, Reini Mailisa, Intan Kusuma Dewi, David Kurnia, Awly Muhammad Isra, Riangga Yudastira. Lucia Wili Yuhartanti
    Tarumanegara Team: Priscila Epifania
    Student: Guntur Haryadi Halim, Raisa Hakim, Indra, Martin Alvin Setia
    Ekacahya, Gratio Ray Sutanto.
    Bina Nusantara University Team: Firza Utama Student: Davin, Rheza Maulana, Bakrie.
    Photography: Jonathan Raditya, Reynaldo Tjandra, B.Jesica Valeria, Martin Alvin Setia Ekacahya
    Film Maker: GENESIS -­‐ Bagus S. Pradono (Producer), Putri Utami (creative), Andria A. Putra (graphic designer) Warsito (crew), Anton jr (editor + Animator) Kevin MacLeod (music creator), Suwarto Kartasoewarto (video footage)


  1. terlalu bermimpi... apakah anda tahu energi yang dikeluarkan untuk menyedot air sampai ke lantai atas? energinya terlalu besar bahkan membuat sangat tidak ramah lingkungan. teknologi yang dipakai sangat terlalu canggih dalam penerapan sustainable bagi negara berkembang. lebih baik cari yang terjangkau...inilah mimpi arsitek yang tidak kolaborasi dengan bidang lain seperti environmental engineer yang mengerti persoalan...tidak mungkin return costnya bisa ditutupi hanya untuk pemukiman kelas bawah. Kemungkinan yang terjadi malah untuk golongan berduit a jadi apartemen mewah mewah...bentuk futuristik bagus tapi apa kecirian lokalnya yang tidak sama dengan arsitektur di eropa? saatnya artikel arsitektur kita bergerak lebih kritis bukan bagus2 trs komentnya...tapi patut diacungkan cempol mencoba untuk visionary... salam