Megacity Skeleton

Tomohiko Amemiya, Akiko Okabe, Akira Suzuki, Evawani Ellisa, Achmad Hery Fuad

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“Megacity Skeleton” is a housing prototype project aimed at improving the urban living environment. The project site is located at Kampong Cikini, a high-density informal settlement situated in the center of Jakarta Megacity. Although this kind of area is always at risk of slum clearance owing to its poor hygiene and environmental conditions, it has fostered attractive lifestyles with a low global environmental load and rich co-help systems among the intimate community over time. Our challenge is to propose a new approach to sustain urban regeneration through a series of micro architectural interventions respecting the existing urban structure and social capital. The proposed architecture “Megacity Skeleton” is clearly constituted by the skeleton and the skin. This concept ensures the future basic living environment by controlling the “possibility” and “impossibility” of DIY construction by residents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-434
Number of pages9
JournalJapan Architectural Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • community engagement
  • informal settlements
  • participatory design
  • prototype
  • slum


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