Kampung Value: Bandung Travelling Studio 
University of Melbourne 2015

Completed with fellow student James David Connor

The Informal City explores themes of informality, urbanisation, inequality, resilience, sustainability and community empowerment. It presents a snapshot of student work from an interdisciplinary studio that brought together staff and students of the Melbourne School of Design (MSD) and the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development (SAPPK), at Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), in November 2015.

The proposal aims to legitimise the current urban, social and economic growth seen within the kampung. In the same way that the formal city is currently serviced for its future development, we believe that, in order for the kampung to continue to grow in a healthy manner, it too needs to be serviced with a legitimate system. The project is ultimately a framework: the development of design guidelines aims to capture the wide and infinite range of possibilities that a settlement with such a transitionary nature, as this kampung, may take. Each architectural manifestation is simply an exercise in assumption and projection. They provide potential and ideal outcomes of potential design guidelines- manifestations that we believe would not intervene as alien entities into a super fragile and unique urban fabric.

The masterplan operates, through recognising the many communities that operate in the settlement, and allowing them to decide upon the direction of their own futures. The creation of communal civic centres within each community aims at partnering the already apparent strong sense of community, alongside a healthy model for urban growth. Communal civic centres will be designed in a way that is highly customised to their context; both in a social and physical sense.

A community building project will anchor these civic centres- they will be built by the community, for the community. These communal social spaces are encouraged to morph and develop independently, while still adhering to the basic requirements specified in the design guidelines. New housing typologies are able to be inserted incrementally around these developments, as a method of demonstrating alternative models for urban housing.

The final component of the masterplan involves the incremental creation of an ecological and social spine along the length of the Cikapundung riverfront. Through a process of community consultation and land acquisition, the masterplan envisages the creation of a public river edge. Public open spaces, which vary in scale and function, would line the river bank and provide a network of much needed green open space. This public riverfront would encourage a healthy relationship between the fragile ecology of the river, and the basic social needs of the the kampung's residents.