The traditional future

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Elements of the kampung house and the in-home economy


Can we create a housing strategy that mixes the creation of new building materials out of local waste and create a unit which effectively integrates low-energy design with local materiality that stimulates the community’s economy and involvement in their own neighbourhoods?


“The Traditional Future” alludes to the intrinsic relationship between housing and economic activity, a view into past cycles that do not seek to confront the old vs. the new, but aim for a mixture of re-imagining materiality, re-stimulate technical knowledge, integrate localized economic specialization and provide low-energy design whilst maintaining social diversity in the kampungs.


By stripping the kampung house into its basic elements we allow a quick glimpse into the priorities of the kampung family, what gets built first? What is stacked up? What’s left for last? There exists a vast range of materials within the kampung, some are stacked, others patched, others draped, some are stretched, some are upgraded, de-graded, some are light, others dense. We can find natural materials, man made blocks , textiles, wooden structures, glass inserts, bamboo canopies, reclaimed material, etc. In studying the material factors (mind you, I do not deal with physical typologies yet) I de-construct the materials which are exposed and viewable from street level, upon stacking these we get a direct sense of how the house is composed; select, de-construct, re-stack. Along with this, we can find out what are the immediate construction needs when dealing with Bandung’s natural climate and how people re-configure the built environment to deal with such circumstances. A quick materials catalogue (previous) has been made to immediately reference the existing materials of the kampung, those which are directly viewable from the streets and public spaces thus building up a textural map for the kampung aesthetics.


written by: Adriana Gabriela Peña Izquierdo

This research is part of the graduation studio of Architectural Engineering of the Faculty of Archietcture TUDelft. The aim of the research is to analyse the context and develop program for a new Cyclifier. The research has been conducted under the supervision of Jan Jongert.





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