Dr. Md. Shahidul Ameen
Dr. Farida Nilufar, Md. Ruhul Amin
Dr. Nayma Khan
Pankaj Nath Joy
Shehran Parvez Seyan
Sarah Shehnaz Bipasha
From the dawn of its emergence, Semarang has been continuously challenged by various natural disasters throughout the decades. The intensities and modes of calamities have changed with time, but the stress remains the same. However, the inhabitants of this area have still now managed to survive despite having provided all possible difficulties by nature. This thriving attitude of the inhabitants is what we feel the greatest strength of this project. With the advancement of technology, better and innovative infrastructural solutions can be provided to stop the disasters every now and then, but until and unless the society is ready to accept and adopt it, every effort will eventually fail.
We often use the terms soakable green in cases of achieving resilience, and that’s where our basic concept generates: let’s not just provide soakable green, let’s build a Soakable Society. A society that can withstand whatever natural disaster it is challenged with and is ready to soak up the shock and stresses. When a disaster strikes, people are affected in two major ways: Mental and Physical. After a life threatening calamity the victims are mentally distressed with insecurity, uncertainty and feelings as such. Only a bonded community can rebuild the lost hope in a victim, to fight back and live for the better future.When it comes to physical stress, resilience is not only about withstanding the prevailing disaster, but also regaining the damage with minimum hassle. And economic assurance is a must in doing so.
So we find that until a place is socio-economically resilient enough, the solutions provided for preventing disasters won’t sustain. In our proposal, we have explored how architecture can contribute not just to ensuring a stable house, but also to nurture a self-sufficient and secured family. We have generated and triggered those scopes for attaining social and economic resiliency, through urban and architectural decisions. The society itself will in the process eventually address the factors causing the disasters and their approaches towards a resilient community will ensure the better living condition of the concerned inhabitants.