To save itself, Jakarta is building one of the biggest sea walls on Earth

To save itself, jakarta is building one of the biggest sea walls on earth

More than 10 million people currently live in the fast-growing Indonesian capital of Jakarta. There’s a potential snag in the city’s future expansion, though: it’s slowly sinking into the ocean.

Jakarta sinks an average of three inches a year, and parts of the coast are going down as much as 11 inches a year, according to geodynamic experts. Around 40% of the city is already below sea level.

In an attempt to halt the damage, authorities are building a gigantic wall off the coast, measuring 25 miles (40 kilometers) long and 80 feet (24 meters) high, National Geographic reports. To fund the $40 billion and 30-year-long project, the city will also create 17 artificial islands, on which developers can build luxury homes, offices, and shopping malls. Though it’s expensive, the seawall is expected to ultimately be cheaper than the cost of flooding.

If it gets the green light, aerial views of the completed wall and islands together will reveal the shape of a Garuda: a legendary, bird-like creature considered a national emblem of Indonesia.

There are, however, doubts about the idea. A government study says the wall could spell environmental disaster, and many critics argue that the massive construction project would worsen corruption while failing to address the real problem. […]

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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1 thought on “To save itself, Jakarta is building one of the biggest sea walls on Earth”

  1. Ecological Disaster. We are at 11:59:59. We erode Nature 1 sq.ft. at a time. Earth is Noah’s Ark for the Universe. We are at the Helm. We are currently sinking the boat.

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