BNA KNOW HOW lezing 20 maart: Climate proof urban design in Asia

Organisatie: BNA Know How

Dynamic Cities, Dynamic Futures: Urban Planning in Metropolitan Jakarta and Indonesia’s New Capital Nusantara

The Netherlands is prepared for the short term with climate change, but in the long term the prospect is that the landscape will change drastically and that entire urban areas will even be abandoned. In other parts of the world, such as Asia, there are urban areas where the effects of climate change and pollution lead to unliveable situations. How these areas are already making adjustments and what solutions are being sought will be discussed this evening. This evening we will discuss Indonesia’s current capital Jakarta and the new capital Nusantara.


Despite of the city’s disadvantages, such as low-lying position in the delta and transected by 13 rivers, Metropolitan Jakarta houses around 11 million residents. Flooding exacerbated by land subsidence is a pressing concern. This session will explore effective strategies to tackle these issues. Followed by a presentation on strategies to realize social housing in this densely populated metropolis. Despite its challenges, Jakarta boasts significant historical assets. The last presentation will focus on the revitalization of a major historical open space in the city center, aiming to enhance the much-needed green space in Jakarta.


Addressing the persistent challenges faced by Jakarta, the discussion on relocating the capital city dates back to colonial times. The decisive move to shift Indonesia’s capital to Kalimantan was made in 2019, and the construction of the core central governmental area of Nusantara is advancing remarkably. To showcase the climate-proof and sustainable design approach, the presentation will unveil the winning masterplan, featuring a green and sustainable concept for a Smart Forest City. Subsequenty designs for the Vice President’s Palace and a Church within the religious complex in Nusantara will be presented. Both designs emphasize the preservation of site contours, existing vegetation, and aspire to be exemplary world-class sustainable tropical contemporary buildings.

Introduction by Ms. Doti Windajani, chair of Indonesian Institute of Architects – Jakarta chapter
Presentations on Jakarta by Wiwi Tjiook, Pritha Hayuningtyas, Ryan Ridge Rahardja
Presentations on Nusantara (through video) by Sibarani Sofian, Yulia Dahlan, Daliana Suryawinata, Florian Heinzelmann

Lectures in English.

Date: Wednesday March 20th 2024 
Entrance from: 19:30h 
Start lecture: 20:00h
Get together with drinks (“borrel”) after the lecture 

Location: Museum Sophiahof
Sophialaan 10
2514 JR Den Haag

The lecture is free. Registration through this link is mandatory:

A few days before the lecture you will receive a mail with QR-code, this is your entrance ticket.

Foto boven: Jakarta – photo credits O.Tjia

BNA Knowhow is a network for architects to share knowledge, follow developments within the field and establish and maintain contacts. The BNA Knowhow organization consists of Hans van Daal, Timmie Thio, Corine Keus, Marielle van Ooi and Martijn de Visser.

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