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Post-Pandemic: towards Self Sufficient cities


How will cities be after this global health crisis? More sustainable, for sure. This is the belief of Woha studio team, that has designed the “Self Sufficient city” in the north of Jakarta.

Many scientists identify a very close link between the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic and the damages caused to the planet by unreasonable environmental policies of the past decades. As a consequence, according to many, the post-pandemic will bring an afterthought of our lifestyle and therefore a new way of designing.

Eco-sustainability is indeed a widespread practice but from now on it will almost be the only choice to avoid catastrophes of various type. Eva Franch i Gilabert at the helm of AA School of Architecture in London suggests a self sustainable community development, from food to energy. Right in this direction, Woha studio in Singapore has been working for some time, designing a “Self Sufficient city” in the north of Jakarta. It will be a sustainable and self-sufficient city not only from the mobility point of view but also from the energetic one. “In this moment there is a massive, collective effort to stop the spread of Covid-19. This demonstrates that we are understanding how important the common good is. Hopefully, once the health crisis is over, this effort towards people’s health will also be reflected in a greater care of the health of our planet”. So affirmed Richard Hassell, co-founder and director of WOHA.

The “Self Sufficient city” is surely aligned to it: “The city will welcome 210.000 people on a surface of 730 hectares, with a restriction of 60 meters height. The project relies on the principles of sustainability and well-being, suggesting a ‘tropical eco-friendly city in a forest’ that preserves over half of the local flora and it is totally self-sufficient as for energy, water and food consumption. The upper level is intended for the production of energy through solar panels that are extended beyond the housing to serve as a kind of umbrella helping in the process of climate control of the city. The lower level is planned for nutrition and cultivation. While going down, we will find a combination of high-tech vertical farming and community production, followed by flats and offices and, last but not least, the forest. It seemed to us the ideal plan to safeguard the forest and those elements typical of the environment”.

Above: The “Self Sufficient city” designed by Woha Studio in the north of Jakarta.