Got an innovative master plan of your own? Enter it in the Urban & Masterplans and Architecture +Water categories in the 8th Annual A+Awards for a shot at international publication and global recognition. Submit your projects before March 27th to be in the running.
Last August, the Indonesian government announced that it is relocating its capital city from Jakarta to higher-elevated East Kalimantan, a province in the neighboring island of Borneo. Due to increasing flood risks as a result of rising sea levels, Jakarta can no longer serve as a viable capital city going forward.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, founder and CEO of Japanese holding company Softbank, Masayoshi Son, and the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, are on the project’s overseeing committee.
Recently, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan reported that international engineering company AECOM, international consulting firm McKinsey & Company, and Japanese architecture and engineering firm Nikken Sekkei have been selected to develop the master plan for the new capital.
The city is set to feature the latest technology while remaining environmentally friendly. According to The Architect’s Newspaper, “Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo expressed that the development of a new capital city is an opportunity to create a ‘smart metropolis’ that will be energy non-intensive and beneficial to the country’s economic growth.”
The Indonesian government has estimated that the new capital will cost 466 trillion rupiahs ($34 billion). A large portion of this will go towards the development of the city’s 21-square-mile downtown where the new presidential palace and other government buildings will be located. One fifth of the cost will be financed through the state budget, according to The Jakarta Post, with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United States International Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) agreeing to invest an additional $22 billion through a sovereign wealth fund.
The Indonesian government and its collaborators have a massive task ahead of them. The new location is a 256,000-hectare forested area between the regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara in East Kalimantan on Borneo, an island that Indonesia shares with Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam. The region’s indigenous Dayak tribe and the abundance of natural resources must be taken into account and protected.
Construction of the new capital city is expected to begin later this year and will accept new residents as early as 2024. The reality of a country’s capital needing to relocate due to climate change is shocking, yet unsurprising. As has been well documented, sea-level rise will become even more threatening to coastal regions with time. Therefore, innovative solutions to this problem are needed now more than ever.
Under the theme “The Future of Architecture”, the 8th Annual A+Awards is presenting a new Plus Concepts category called Architecture +Water. It calls for projects designed with careful consideration given to our evolving relationship with water. This includes but is not limited to projects on flood-prone sites, projects that include flood or stormwater mitigation details, and more.
If this sounds like a project of yours, give it a chance to receive the consideration and recognition it deserves. Enter before the Final Entry Deadline on March 27th to be in the running.