Kampung Melayu

Kim Ricafort, Ethan Koch, Mohammed Makki


The urban superblock of Kampung Melayu, located in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a typology amalgamated by the environmental and infrastructural challenges caused by Jakarta’s urban sprawl. Rapid and unregulated urban growth, fluctuating tropical conditions, rising sea levels and unprecedented environmental stresses have led to a city that is sinking, leaving unregulated low-income settlements, such as Kampung Melayu, most vulnerable. To address these issues, the presented research employs the use of a multi-objective evolutionary algorithm for an in-depth analysis of the various relationships within the urban fabric. The simulations present an alternative urban approach to the design of a flood resilient Kampung; addressing environmental and demographic stresses while maintaining the irregularity that has become ingrained in the history of the urban form.