Stillare is partnering Studio ROSA in the Slumfighters.org Foundation.
As architect and social entrepreneur, Kria Djoyoadhiningrat helps to realize the
wishes and fulfil the needs of urban inhabitants, preferably in tropical countries.
He is the director of Studio ROSA, a multidisciplinary collective for spatial planning,
urbanism and architecture. His social mission is to end slums worldwide. For this
purpose he founded the Slumfighters.org Foundation.
He was captivated by Buenos Aires, Argentina. For the cartoneros, the local waste
scavengers, Kria developed several methods for transforming waste materials directly
into building materials. In turn it could be used to expand the waste processing
plant, improving capacity. When the smelly river is finally cleaned, the nearby tourist
area will expand towards the river. The layout and architecture of the building anticipate
a transformation of the waste plant into a theatre. At the same time the cartoneros
would transform to become the theatre crew and actors.
After his graduation in 2008 Kria worked as an architect in Curaçao, Brazil, Peru,
Surinam, Senegal, Tanzania, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire and the Netherlands. While working
there on mostly commercial and residential developments, he was constantly irritated
by the neglect of the informal settlements in most countries. He has been working
both with commercial clients and informal communities to look for alternatives, pragmatic
win-win solutions. To focus and sustain his initiative, he founded the Slumfighters.org
Foundation in 2016, which aims at Participatory Urban Design and Strategic Spatial
Now, Kria is working to substantiate a consortium of like-minded people from a wide
variety of disciplines to implement the vision of Slumfighters.org. He understands
very well that architecture alone is not saving slums or the slum inhabitants. Next
to the spatial aspect, we need to integrate financial, legal and social issues in
a user-centred, customized and precise answer. Studio ROSA is happy to join forces
with Stillare and Agnes Dinkelman. Especially her expertise with working on systemic
approaches in post-conflict areas is much needed. Slums worldwide are basically contested
neighborhoods in constant, but latent conflict.