22.01.2018 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO initiates International Disaster Resilient Architecture (INDRA) initiative in Indonesia

Prof. Shahbaz Khan of UNESCO (right) and Ahmad Djuhara, IAI (left) exchanged the Signed Partnership Agreement on INDRA

Prof. Shahbaz Khan, director and representative of UNESCO Jakarta signed a Partnership Agreement with the Indonesian Institute of Architect (IAI) to jointly or separately, implement projects and activities aiming to the achievement of the International Disaster Resilient Architecture (INDRA). The signing took place in UNESCO Office Jakarta, 19 January 2018. Ahmad Djuhara IAI, the president of Indonesian Institute of Architect signed the Partnership Agreement on behalf of IAI.

INDRA is an initiative from UNESCO as a holistic approach towards international disaster resilient built environment by promoting the importance of traditional building and architecture knowledge by learning from vernacular construction. There are local sustainable architectural solutions developed based on a holistic approach in vernacular architecture. Contemporary construction and vernacular construction techniques can be brought together to create buildings that are resilient, sustainable and adapted to the local environment. INDRA aim to build the capacity of the local construction sector and thereby stimulate local economies. It will foster involvement and empowerment of local practitioners by raising awareness, stimulating research, facilitating policy setting, fostering collaboration and exchanging knowledge about the significant value of vernacular architecture and the important role of construction to create a disaster resilient environment.

The Indonesian Institute of Architect (IAI) is considered a viable partner as it is a professional institute with the representation of the Indonesian architects inside and outside the country. IAI has its network all around Indonesia at province and city level as well as strong network with universities and researchers in vernacular architecture. IAI has been establishing cooperation with national and international organizations. UNESCO has worked with IAI in the past, in developing guideline on preserving heritage building in Kota Tua, Jakarta, a project under Indonesian Funds in Trust project. Follow up of this project, IAI has been advocating the guidelines throughout Indonesia.

As follow up of this partnership UNESCO and IAI will contribute to the achievement of the INDRA through join or separate activities among other:

  • Collect and compile data / information and mapping/inventory of vernacular architecture and construction practices in the built environment in Indonesia that have strong concept on disaster risk reduction and resiliency.
  • Analysis of the concept of DRR and resiliency of the vernacular architecture and current construction practices
  • Development of potential solutions for DRR building prototypes.
  • Publication of illustrated technical guidelines explaining potential sustainable solutions
  • Building a prototype based on resilient sustainable vernacular architecture.
  • Development of training courses/modules/material on how to implement sustainable solutions based on resilient sustainable vernacular architecture.
  • Workshop to disseminate good practices at local and national level on sustainable solutions based on resilient sustainable vernacular architecture.



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