Smart City: The Next Generation, Focus South-East Asia

A project initiated by Aedes East - International Forum for Contemporary Architecture NPO
in collaboration with the Goethe Institutes in Southeast Asia

Exhibition: May 18 - July 4, 2013

Smart Reception: June 7, 2013, 6:00 PM


6:00 PM  
Dance performance "Kontra-Gapi", Music and Dance from the Phillippines

6:30 PM  Welcome
Kristin Feireiss, Founder Aedes
Jejomar C. Binay, Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines,
Amb. Volker Schlegel, President Asia-Pacific-Forum, Berlin
Franz Xaver Augustin, Goethe Institut, Regional Director Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand
Ulla Giesler, Curator, Aedes
Vannita Som / Muygech Sok , students, Phnom Penh

7:00 PM  Performance "Singing Bricks" by Irwan Ahmett + Tita Salina, artists, Jakarta

Screening: June 14, 2013, 6:00 PM – 10:30 PM (more information at the end of this page)


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  • Opening | Jejomar C. Binay, Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines; Volker Schlegel, President Asia-Pacific-Forum, Berlin © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening | Franz Xaver Augustin, Goethe Institut, Regional Director Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening | Ulla Giesler, Curator, Aedes Berlin; Vannita Som, Phnom Penh; Jejomar C. Binay, Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines; Muygech Sok, Phnom Penh © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Exhibition View

  • Opening | Syarfina Mahya Nadila, Research Center for Society and Culture, Jakarta © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening | Andreas Yanuar Wibisono, Architect, Jakarta © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Exhibition View

  • Exhibition View

  • Opening | Hardy Suanto, Architect, Jakarta; Cosmas Gozali, Atelier Cosmas Gozali, Jakarta © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening | Andreas Yanuar Wibisono, Architect, Jakarta; Ulla Giesler, Curator, Aedes Berlin © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening | Elisa Sutanudjaja, Rujak Center for Urban Studies, Jakarta; Syarfina Mahya Nadila, Research Center for Society and Culture, Jakarta © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Exhibition View

  • Opening © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

  • Opening | Dietmar Leyk, Leyk Wollenberg Architekten, Berlin; Elisa Sutanudjaja, Rujak Center for Urban Studies, Jakarta © Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

The exhibition:

The N.P.O. Aedes East, under the direction of the curator Ulla Giesler, will be presenting an exhibition as part of the Asia-Pacific Weeks Berlin 2013, with the title ‘Smart City’. For the first time, the regional focus will be on South-East Asia with particular emphasis on the formative up-and-coming generation. The exhibition concentrates on the search for intelligent solutions within an urban context.

The project is exciting and highly relevant not only for architects and urban planners but also for 'city makers' in the widest sense: urbanites, artists, activists, environmentalists, but also institutions, universities, policy makers, investors, engineers and scientists.

The exhibition will discuss innovative “smart city” projects from South-East Asia: buildings, planning, urban interventions, initiatives and visions for the future from internationally known experts as well as young architects from Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam, who are making the cities more intelligent, effective and above all improving the quality of life for their citizens. Beyond that, the results of the student workshops, which Aedes initiated in Phnom Penh, Jakarta and Manila to generate the future city visions of the upcoming generation, will be shown.

Particularly on a technological level, the fact that some emerging nations and developing countries are skipping certain development stages undergone by the classic industrialized nations, is reflected in form and utilization. However, the idea of an adaptable, integrated and networked ‘smart city’ holds opportunities and challenges for Europe too: old infrastructures, pre-existing networks and behavioral patterns, local services and governmental systems also need to be synchronized in order to retain future viability for them.

The chosen urban Asian projects are characterized by their creativity, through sustainable use of resources, but above all they are distinguished by smart people. The selected projects bear witness to the enormous potential of the region, in developing solutions for the present as well as for the future. Ideas that have relevance far beyond only South-East Asia and represent changed smart behavior in a globalized age.

“Smart Cities” are well-functioning organisms that will remain vital and alive for future generations. Resilience and adaptability are required to face the challenges of climate change and population growth, as well as for the “smaller” local challenges from energy transformation (“Engergiewende”) to self-sufficiency through urban gardening. This applies to urban infrastructures as well as to future inhabitants of urban areas. The term “smart city” was developed out of the urban planning concepts of the 90s, which examined planning strategies in combination with smart growth. Today the term is associated largely with IT-technologies and with international corporations that use the attribute “smart” as a marketing tool for their products.
Over the last 20 years various city rankings have appeared under buzzwords like “smart city”, “green” or “sustainable city”, which place cities on an internationally comparative scale to each other and in this context create categories like: mobility, environment, economy, governance, living and people.
However, what makes each individual city smart for its inhabitants, i.e. how attractive it is, how user-friendly, how intelligent and clever it is, is not merely a financial issue nor can it be easily answered in a global context.

Terms like “networked” or “smart grids” stand in this Aedes project for integration, inclusion, connection, exchange between and from people, ideas, desires and needs as well as for cooperation between different fields and between responsible agents.

The project “Smart City: The Next Generation” intentionally plays on the ambiguity of the term “next generation”.  On the one hand it is the further development of the (IT-influenced) cities, on the other, it is the people who live in these cities and define them.

With the focus “South-East Asia” the emphasis is placed on a world region that is the fastest growing in terms of population growth. Aim is to find out how the younger urbanites in Indonesia, Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia assess their own urban circumstances; how they wish them to be, or wish them to change, thus also affecting our living. The term “behavior” and the option of “behavioral change” create the core focus. How do new projects – from architecture, city planning down to urban interventions – affect the behavior of their inhabitants and users and how do they affect the urban fabric and its functionality?

We spoke to architects, planners, artists and activists, active in South-East Asia, and asked them three questions:
1. How does your project “smarten up” the city?
2. What are the challenges that you face from your (country-specific) urban infrastructure?
3. How does your project affect the behavioral patterns of the city’s inhabitants and users? 

Selected Projects:
Aedas Pte Ltd., Singapore / Peter Stueck
Marina Bay Circle Line MRT Station Smart Integration in a Public Park
Marina Station Road, Singapore
AND Architects, Bangkok, Thailand / Moe Ekapob, Tayler Lowe
Awarehouse Upgrading Factories and Employee Housing
Samutprakarn, Bangkok Metropolitain Area, Thailand
Archetype Cambodia Ltd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Julien Sellon
The Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Cambodia Story of a Transformation
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Architecture + Adaptation, Michigan, USA / Etienne Turpin, Meredith Miller, Farid Rakun
Design for Hypercomplexity: Research on Climate Change and Urban Poverty 
Jakarta, Indonesia
Arkomjogja, Yogyakarta, Indonesia / Andrea Fitrianto
Bamboo Bridge Community-Driven Upgrading of an Urban Informal Settlement
Matina Crossing Community, Davao City, Philippines
Community Center Self-built Facility of an Informal Riverside Settlement made with Bamboo
Jatimulyo Community, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Atelier Cosmas Gozali, Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia / Cosmas Damianus Gozali
New Jakarta Green Belt An Urban Planning Vision
Jakarta, Indonesia
Bandung Creative City Forum, Bandung, Indonesia / Tita Larasati, Fiki Satari
Helarfest 2012 Urban Acupuncture through Community Activation
Bandung, Indonesia
#Better Cities, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Sze Ying Goh, Hardesh Singh
ReCar Rethinking Urban Mobility
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia / Hardy Suanto, Tri Apriliana
Pluit Reservoir Restoration Biological Environment Restoration Project
Penjaringan, Jakarta, Indonesia
Budipradono Architects, Jakarta, Indonesia / Budi Pradono, in collaboration with BINUS University, & UNTAR University
Fluidscape City Urban Development for contemporary Reservoir City Project
Pluit, Penjaringan North Jakarta, Indonesia
CAt, Tokyo, Japan / Kazuhiro Kojima, Daisuke Sanuki, Vo Trong Nghia, Kojima Lab Tokyo University of Science
Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture New Campus for an Architecture University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Collective Studio, Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Giacomo Butte, Eva Lloyd, Sarah Bland
Tropical Urban Block An Integrated Planning Strategy 
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Eleena Jamil Architect, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Eleena Jamil
HOME Units Low Income Housing for the Elderly
ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore / Dirk E. Hebel, Felix Heisel, Alireza Javadian, Marta Wisniewska, Tobias Wullschleger
Fiber Composite Reinforced Concrete – Bamboo as Alternative A Material Research
Tropical Zone World-Wide
ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore / Max Hirsh
Low-Cost, Low-Tech: Budget Air Travel and the Future of Southeast Asian Cities Mobility Research
Bangkok, Batam, Cebu, Ho Chi Minh City, Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Phnom Penh, Singapore
ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore / Stephen Cairns
Tropical Town Rubah Seeding Sustainable Urban Growth in Southeast Asia
Batam, Indonesia
Franken Architekten, Frankfurt, Germany / Bernhard Franken
U-Silk City Urban Design of 13 Residential High-Rise Towers with Mixed-Use Podium
Hanoi, Vietnam
HUBER SE, Berching, Germany / Nick Meeten
Ultrafiltration Wastewater Recycling System - Plaza IndonesiaWastewater Treatment Upgrade 
Jakarta, Indonesia
Irwan Ahmett, Tita Salina, Artists, Jakarta, Indonesia 
Urban Play Project
Jakarta, Indonesia
Kota Kita Foundation, Solo, Indonesia / John Taylor
Solo Kota Kita (Our City Solo) Improving Citizen Participation through Participatory Mapping and Neighbourhood Information
Solo, Indonesia
Lund University, Sweden / Manon Otto
Warning - Pollen Landing
Addition Hills, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
Mamostudio - Architecture and Landscape, Bogor, Indonesia / Adi Purnomo, David Hutama
Jakarta Sponge City A Water Research
Jakarta, Indonesia
OTP Akitek, Ipoh, Malaysia / June Chow, Zhilan Duan
Affordable Housing in Malay Village Redefining the Village as Part of the City
Ipoh, Malaysia
Palafox Associates, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines / Felino A. Palafox, Jr.
San Juan City Plan Reshaping San Juan City: Planning Towards a Future of Green Consciousness
San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Universitas Indonesia, Chiba University, Jakarta, Indonesia / Ellisa Evawani, Akiko Okabe
Alternative Helicopter: Ayun Ayun Kaliku Enhancing the Awareness of Endangered Pollute River
Kampung Cikini Kramat, Central Jakarta, Indonesia
Architecture + Adaptation, Michigan, USA / Etienne Turpin, Meredith Miller, Farid Rakun
Design for Hypercomplexity: Research on Climate Change and Urban Poverty 
Jakarta, Indonesia
Research Urbanism Architecture (RUA), WIT Architects and LATITUDE, Leuven, Belgium, Southern Institute of Urban Planning (SIUP), Ho Chi Minh City / Kelly Shannon, Bruno De Meulder, Guido Geenen
Cần Thơ Masterplan Revision to 2030
Can Tho, Mekong Delta, Vietnam
RT+Q Architects Pte Ltd, Singapore / Rene Tan, TK Quek, Eddie Gan, Joanne Goh    
D7 & D6 Building Rethinking "Urbanism and the Office Prototype"
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rujak Center for Urban Studies, Jakarta, Indonesia / Elisa Sutanudjaja, Marco Kusumawijaya 
Participatory Planning by Urban Poor in StrenKali Riverside   
Surabaya, Indonesia 
Shma Company Limited, Bangkok, Thailand / Prapan Napawongdee, Yossapon Boonsom 
Vertical Green Alternative Green Area for High-Density Living
Integrated Park and Streetscape - Chulalongkorn University Centennial Park Resilient Park for an Overcrowded City
Bangkok, Thailand
Shelby Doyle, New York, USA
City of Water: Architecture, Infrastructure, and the Floods of Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Studio505, Melbourne, Australia / Dirk Zimmermann and Dylan Brady
In collaboration with CPG and HOK
Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Jurong Community Hospital
Tim Pajus, Medan, Indonesia / Rangga Mury
Pajak - Market Revitalization at the North Sumatera University
Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
T Studio, Rome, Italy / Guendalina Salimei 
Malearc, Berlin, Germany / Christiano Lepratti, Vera Martinez 
Dao Viet Ecotown Design for the Urban Planning of a New City 
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
TYIN tegnestue, Trondheim, Norway / Andreas G. Gjertsen, Yashar Hanstad
Klong Toey Community Lantern and Old Market CommunityPublic Spaces built with Students and the Community
Bangkok, Thailand
University of Houston, Houston Texas, USA / Wiliam Truitt, Meredith Chavez
Adaptive Mekong: Phnom Penh Managing Water and City
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Urban Voice, Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Nora Lindstrom
Urban Voice Cambodia
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
W Architects Pte Ltd, Singapore / Mok Wei Wei 
Education Research Center University Town, National University of Singapore
Wetlands Work! Ltd., Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Taber Hand, Irina Chakraborty
Urban Wetland Pissoir Design as Public Infrastructure
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
W.V. Coscolluela & Associates, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines / William V. Coscolluela
Zuellig Building First Green High-Rise 
Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Aedes, together with Asian Hot Shots and Intimate Moments, will present on Friday, 14 June 2013, 6PM – 10:30PM:
'Flooding in the time of drought', Director: Sherman Ong
Singapore, Malaysia | 184 min in 2 parts | English subtitles | HD Video
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2010 (European Premiere)
DROUGHT - 92 mins | Color | English subtitles
Language: Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Tagalog, Mandarin, German
FLOOD - 92 mins | Color | English subtitles
Languages: Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Thai, Indonesian, Malay, Hokkien
Country of production: Singapore, Malaysia


An Aedes Catalogue was published.
With texts by Ulla Geisler and Franz Xaver Augustin
ISBN 978-3-943615-12-8
German / English
Price  € 10, -


Stiftung Deutsche Kassenlotterie Berlin (DKLB), Goethe-Institut, AXOR, Zumtobel, carpetconcept, Busch-Jaeger, Transsolar, Singapore ETH-Centre, Auswärtiges Amt, Asien-Pazifik-Wochen Berlin


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