Our goal is to improve the economic and personal well-being of the inhabitants in Kampung Melayu. We see the opportunity of the Ciliwung river being the driving force behind this improvement. The stepped riverside will include an agricultural belt with high growing productive trees and private gardens along the urban edge. The steps will provide a water retention area in case of flooding. The area of the old train depot will be reactivated as a market and craft hub for the whole Kampung. Our strategy for the built fabric is to create new sub blocks based on the structure of the existing building clusters, allowing an incremental implementation. One sub block is always gathered around a courtyard which is semipublic and gives the inhabitants a chance to have a private garden.
During the site visit at Kampung Melayu, our group saw a clear quality at the river banks of the Ciliwung River which is due to an amalgamation of the presence of open spaces, vegetation and amenities which draw people to the river edge for recreation. This quality diminishes as we proceed to the interior part of the Kampung due to the high density and lack of open space. Bearing this in mind, our design approach tries to enhance the quality in the Kampung by introducing so called pockets of open space between the newly introduced building typologies. One of these pockets is seen as a semipublic space shared and maintained by one building cluster.