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Expectation of Floating Building in Java Indonesia, Case Study in Semarang City

Slamet Imam Wahyudi, Henny Pratiwi Adi, Jonathan Lekerkerk, Jorge Jansen & Floris C. Boogaard

Many delta cities worldwide are dealing with the same kind of problems: rising of the sea level, land subsidence, scarcity of land and illegal housing. Multiple land use is one of these solutions that will help to reduce flooding and scarcity of land. An example of multiple land use is a floating community. This research used Semarang as location for the research into the social acceptance of floating houses. The data in this study were obtained through literature study and survey among inhabitants. The social acceptance of the inhabitants is determined with 35 respondents that have been done in the area of Kemijen, Semarang. In order to determine the social acceptance of floating houses, there are elements used, namely: knowledge of floating houses, perception of risk, urgency, implementation, chose for a floating house, requirements, positive and negative elements, self-sufficient system. According to the result of research, the social acceptance of the inhabitants is quite low, but there is potential because they see positive elements in a floating house. Low social acceptance is caused by the fact that the concept of floating houses are not well known in this community. With raising awareness on the challenges and informing the community on the possibilities on floating infrastructure will result in higher social acceptance.

KEYWORDS: Floating Building, Expectation, Flooding, Polder Area 


Prof. Dr. Ir. S. Imam Wahyudi, DEA  has over 25 year experiences in consultancy and research on climate adaptation in water management of delta area. He was graduated Doctor from University de Nantes, France. He heads the Delta Center on Climate Change and Professor in Civil Engineering, Sultan Agung Islamic University, Semarang, Indonesia.  He has experience improving water management in cities in Indonesia (Semarang, Pekalongan, Tegal, Jakarta). He has several abroad cooperation with Dutch Water Authority, HHSk Rotterdam Waterboard, Rotterdam University A. S. Hanze University A. S., University de Nantes (France). Prof. Imam has local network and maintains an excellent relationship with governmental and community institutions. Prof. Imam ’s technical expertise on water management and polder design, emergency response, floating building, coastal protection and climate adaptation. He is very active to contribute scientific papers.

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