INDONESIA - Kampung Mrican - 2018
In the past, Yogyakarta’s only idea for dealing with flooding and pollution problems in the city was to evict the poor communities living along the river. In this important pilot upgrading project, an informal riverside community showed a better way, using their collective spirit. With support from their Kalijawi community network, a team of community architects and the local government, the people planned an extraordinary project to pull back their houses from the river edge, rebuild them and create a new road along the river, which enables the city to dredge and maintain the river. And not a single family was evicted.