April 11, 2023
Tropical architecture: is it a perspective on place or a question of performance? How can architects from nations along the equator, like Indonesia, draw on local know-how rather than imported technology?
Daliana Suryawinata and Florian Heinzelmann are directors of the boutique practice SHAU, based in Bandung, Indonesia, with offices in Europe. They are known for small, exploratory projects such as micro-libraries and markets.
At SHAU, place-making and performance start with the climate. Sunlight, shade, wind, and rain assessments guide upstream design thinking on form and envelope. These results also inform new takes on materiality, showcasing the use of local materials in ingenious ways which they share in this Ecogradia podcast hosted by Nirmal Kishnani.
Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is sinking fast, like many other cities around the world. How can urbanists turn this congested megacity, threatened by flood and saltwater intrusion, into a resilient amphibious metropolis?