In order to improve the quality of the water and the riverbeds at the same time, the local community and many volunteers collected waste of the Ciliwung River and re-used it to strengthen and broaden the riverbeds where people are living. This way frequent floods are prevented from destroying the lives of the poor people — quite an inventive way of dealing with trash. Meanwhile, many other movements have emerged and organizations are involved with the revitalization of the living environment alongside the river.
Christophe Girot, the Architektur und Städtebau department of ETH Zürich, and Future Cities Laboratory Singapore have all worked on this challenge in Jakarta. The riverbed and the related residential space of the Kampung Melayu settlement was redesigned in order to give more space to the river and to create new public spaces at the same time. The project is currently exhibited at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam as part of this year’s International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR).
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