Ad Rem: Adaptation in Architecture

Transforming Joglo Vernacular Housing in Java

Focusing on the Javanese vernacular Joglo typology, this one-day roundtable will explore a broad variety of subjects, ranging from building strategies and emerging digital technologies to broader analyses of architecture and cultural change. Held at Jakarta’s Bentara Budaya Cultural Centre and via Zoom, the hybrid event will bring together Indonesian and international heritage experts and architectural practitioners.


Bentara Budaya Cultural Centre Jl. Palmerah Selatan No. 17, Jakarta Pusat 10270 Indonesia


Hybrid event: attend in-person or via Zoom

Date & Time

August 26, 2023 12:30-18:30hrs Western Indonesia Time


Split into two sessions combining three keynotes and panel discussions, the event will explore a broad range of approaches to preservation, from building strategies and emerging digital technologies to broader analyses of architecture and cultural change. 

Organised by Holcim Foundation Next Generation Ambassadors Andi Subagio and Namjoo Kim, Ad Rem: Adaptation in Architecture will also help guide the development of a building project in the village of Mutihan Madurejo in Java’s Yogyakarta region. The project will support the restoration and adaptation of an abandoned Joglo structure into a rehearsal space and cultural venue for a traditional dance collective.

Led by Subagio and Kim in partnership with the Sekar Jagad Foundation and the architectural faculty at Indonesia’s Universitas Pelita Harapan, the restoration project is supported by a Holcim Foundation grant.


Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Ir. Totok Rusmanto, ISAI UIN, Head of Central Java Cultural Heritage Experts - on the values and philosophy of Joglo design
  • Mohamad Cahyo Novianto, JAAI (Indonesian Architectural Archive Community) - on the materiality of Joglo structures 
  • Adi Purnomo, mamostudio - case studies in relocating Joglo homes

Panel Discussion 

Adi Purnomo, Mohamad Cahyo Novianto, Eko Prawoto, Agus Mantara, Marsis Sutopo, Ahmad Arif, Hajar Wisnu Satoto, So Young Kim, Andi Subagio, and Namjoo Kim

Ad Rem: Adaptation in Architecture

Joglo structures are often regarded as both culturally and technologically obsolete, and are typically burdened by high maintenance costs. Today, they are increasingly threatened by erasure.


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Western Indonesia Time
12:30 Registration
13:10 - 13:15 Opening by Host
13:15 - 13:25 Opening Speech from UPH & Holcim Foundation
13:25 - 13:35 Introduction to Session 1
13:35 - 14:00 Ad Rem : Philosophy by Prof Totok Rusmanto
14:00 - 14:25 Ad Rem : Materiality and Tectonic by M Cahyo Novianto
14:25 - 14:50 Ad Rem : Project Case Study by Adi Purnomo
14:50 - 15:30 Q&A
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 - 16:10 Opening and Introduction to Session 2
16:10 - 16:15 Speaker Introductions
16:15 - 17:30 Roundtable Discussion, Ad Rem : Adaptation in Architecture
17:30 - 17:45 Concluding Remarks by Moderator

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