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Urban analysis, architectural and system design

Harvard GSD thesis project

This urban analysis and system design re-imagines the current demographic and affordable housing framework in Jakarta, Indonesia through the parameters of implementing a vernacular vocabulary, sourcing local materials, and generating social value. These ideas manifest through a design system of architectural parts that allow for flexible functional spaces, physical mobility, and community empowerment

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Analyzing the urban dichotomy in Jakarta, Indonesia

Kampung communities exist alongside a proliferation of luxury towers in the metropolis. The infiltration of modernization and wealth threatens the living space of a community of people that operate in a dynamic and informal economy.

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Developing an affordable housing system to address the urban dichotomy

The housing system is designed with 5 key guiding principles in order to create a culturally sustainable solution that holds on to and amplifies the rich history of the Kampung community.

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Built with modularity and flexibility

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Uses vernacular materials sourced from the region

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Maximizes footprint through curating lighting conditions

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Encourages community through programming public space at the front

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Addresses flooding conditions while maintaining an activated street level

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Designing a human centered system addressing the idiosyncracies of daily life

The system allows for a flexibility that empowers each family to customize and assemble a home unique to their circumstances and habits. If a family is required to move, they are able to dissemble their house, take the materials with them and rebuild at a new location. 


Scaling up to the commmunity level

Stepping out from the house into the community, the housing system allocates one shared communal space within a 145m standpipe radius as a shared and flexible communal space. Within this space, families have a netural meeting zone to collaborate eventuating in a stronger and more dynamic community.

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Impacting interactions within the urban fabric 

The aggregation of these communities have macro implications on the socio-economic structure of the urban fabric.The underlying housing system is predicated on fostering better human interactions and building community through spatial configurations. At an urban level, this translates into a solid foundation that facilitates a strong cultural identity and a healthy economy.

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