Prof. Dr.-Ing. Annette Rudolph-Cleff
Dipl.-Ing. Simon Gehrmann
Dr.-Ing. Björn Hekmati
Dipl.-Ing. Frederik Helms
Anna Sofia Jeldres Tessa Krämer
Fanny Lou Kunschert Leonie Lube
Complex natural disasters and challenges due to climate change, like floods and water shortages, are ravaging the world. Therefore, building resilience in an adaptive approach has become a major goal of sustainable urban development. The DRIA design competition of 2017 is asking for innovative measures to strengthen the resilience in Semarang, Indonesia. The city is facing serious challenges due to rapid urbanisation and the impacts of climate change, for instance environmental degradation, flooding, land subsidence as well as stresses caused by urban density and social cohesion.
The SPROUD by TU Darmstadt is inspired by the natural growth of a seed in its surrounding environment and proposes a green belt for the DRIA competition site of Bandarharjo. Both social and environmental development goals are incorporated in the design proposal as it aims at creating a symbiosis of implemented technical measures and a social empowerment program to improve communication, to raise awareness and to involve inhabitants in participatory planning processes. The green belt offers a nature-oriented wastewater treatment, drains storm water, organises a sustainable waste management, integrates security points in case of disaster and provides a healthy public space for the community. The intended social empowerment program of our design proposal will be augmented by a Mobile Application that connects operating NGOs and stakeholders to the People of Bandarharjo in a mutual exchange of interests. By gathering relevant data we aim at ensuring disaster preparedness and measuring social capital in order to foster trust and credibility through mutual evaluation thus attracting sponsors and supporters. Therefore, the name SPROUD stands for a combination of the words “Semarang“ and “Proud“ addressing the local inhabitants as well as the community- based future development of Bandarharjo.