Kampung, a traditional urban structure in Indonesia, is housing the majority of its inhabitants. Historically, kampungs were autonomous settlements (villages), but due to
urbanisation, they are now part of many cities. They are overcrowded, housing low-income populations, unplanned, informal and underserviced. Kampungs are a specific type of informal settlements, characteristic for South-east Asian urbanism.
To engage with water infrastructure challenges in kampungs, it is not enough to measure water level changes across seasons, to map topography, to survey house floor levels, to investigate soil samples. Water relates to kinship relationships, ways of playing, routes for walking, rituals, jobs, development speculations.
The two videos below are segments of kampung explorations with different residents.