A City in the Garden for Brunei

A City in the Garden for Brunei

The plan responds to the Brunei sultan’s vision of promoting economic diversity, emphasizing the preservation of the city while transforming it into a “city in a garden.”

Brunei is home to one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems. Its capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan, is in a rainforest near Kedayan and the Brunei River. 

The master planning team collaborated with biologists, environmental specialists and engineers – and, most importantly, the people and government of Brunei – to develop sustainable strategies. 

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

The Kedayan River connects the international airport to the city center and Kampong Ayer, Brunei’s first water town. The eco-corridor along the river was first designed as a green infrastructure to manage frequent flooding in the city center. Through stakeholder meetings, the initiative grew to encompass tourism and regeneration.

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

The design refocuses development along the rivers, creating an active waterfront for recreation, leisure and cultural activities. At the same time, the design connects new commercial nodes that will reactivate development along the river.

A boundary policy restricts growth outside of the currently developed area to prevent future urban sprawl. This encourages redevelopment and improves land efficiency while preserving the forests and open spaces. 

Keterangan Gambar (© Pemilik Gambar)

Together with recreation and leisure programs, the creation of better-planned open spaces along the waterfront of Kedayan and the Brunei River helps Brunei recall its natural assets. 


While renewing the condition of Bandar Seri Begawan’s existing infrastructure, the plan provides a clear vision for improving the livability of the city, driving economic diversification and demonstrating ways to embrace public input in national planning.

Led by HOK, the master planning team included Jones Lang LaSalle, Meinhardt, MVA and Brunei firm OWMP International.

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Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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