The second phase of the workshop took place at the NUS Kent Ridge Campus in Singapore. The ideas of the field work were further investigated and detailed during three days of workshop and desk critiques. Professor Rekittke and Professor Hadi gave lectures.NUS ( National University of Singapore) campusIntroduction: Prof Christophe Girot (FCL_Future Cities Laboratory)Prof Dr Jörg  Rekittke_Guest LectureProf Hadi Susilo Arifin_Guest Lecture

day4_Jakarta_final presentation

The designs developed during the intense field work were presented on the final day in Jakarta. All groups stated their vision for the future of the Kampung Melayu, describing their intervention in the scale of the Unit, the Block and the Kampung. The designs were commented by with Professor Hadi, Professor Herlily, Professor Rekittke, Professor Girot, Dr Surya Tarigan(IPB), Sandiyawan Sumardi (Sanggar Ciliwung Merdeka), Prof Dr Triatno Yudo Hardjoko  (UI), Daliana Suryawinata (SHAU), Connor Spreng (World Bank)

day 2_Field Work

The visits to the Kampung were scheduled for three days, always in the morning. In this 3-4 hours, the students could gather information by photographing, sketching, measuring and talking to the inhabitants. The afternoon was left to develop the group projects and discuss it in desk critiques.Kampung Melayu

First Review

day 1_Introduction / Field Work

Professor Girot and Professor Rekittke introduced on Saturday morning, 16th of March, the site visit of the Kampung Melayu. Mixed groups of students from the ETH-Zürich, NUS-Singapore, UI-Depok, IPB-Bogor were deployed on eight different locations selected by their section. The groups were coordinated by WhatsApp messaging and updated continuously their location.Kampung PuloIndividual Students critiques

Jakarta_here We Are!

Students from the ETH are travelling to Jakarta to tackle a large scale urban and hydrological challenge. To give you a sense of scale: Jakarta has a population of 10 million in 2011, + 3 million more than entire population in Switzerland.


The Design Research Studio on the Ciliwung River in Jakarta is part of the ETH Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore and will involve architecture students for one semester on one of the most challenging sites in Jakarta: the Kampung Melayu. During the course of the semester one workshop will be taught in March jointly with NUS, UI and IPB students in Jakarta and Singapore. The operational framework and methodology of the studio will involve landscape, architecture as well as urban design thinking and will follow the precepts of a site-specific topological approach. Emphasis of the design work will be on the role of landscape and dwelling structures as they interact with the adjacent river in the flood prone neighbourhoods of Kampung Melayu and Bukit Duri in Jakarta. Can the widening of the Ciliwung river corridor become an incentive to doubling the population density in the remainder of the kampong? This would avoid the problem of population displacement, but would require a clear strategy in terms of landscape and architecture. The studio will operate at three distinct scales, the scale of the unit, the scale of the urban block and the scale of the kampung. Students will be asked to develop prototypes on given cross sections of the river to be widened. This will enable advanced design experimentation and transformation of the sections under study. The goal of this studio, with the help of design tools is to develop methodologies capable of dealing with the physical and spatial complexity of this highly urbanized “natural” environment. The underlying thesis is that landscape and architecture can be worked-out together, to bring forth solutions that can help restore the quality and purpose of the river withinits degraded context while allowing for higher living densities. With a healthy dose of heuristic terrain analysis, prospection and design vision, students will be asked to develop a new positive foothold on the landscape and architectural challenges posed by the Ciliwung River. The studio results will serve as example towards a new combined approach to urban landscape and architecture in Southeast Asian cities. The goal is to set some clear topological rules that can help define generative principles for both landscape and architecture as a way of restructuring urban river profiles in response to flooding, overcrowding and insalubrious conditions. The studio will result in a set of comprehensive architectural and landscape design proposals that will serve towards the melioration of rivers in Jakarta.