Important milestone for Lombok sustainable bamboo housing

The creation of sustainable housing for Lombok moves up a gear as the design workshop is visited by Indonesian NGO leader Els Houttave.

With outline designs created it was time to check that the project was set to deliver an optimal solution for Lombok, one that could be understood and replicated on the island. And for this we needed local insights.

Joining us for workshops at our London office was Els Houttave, founder of Grenzeloos Milieu, the charity we are collaborating with. She met up with the 17 strong Ramboll team and inspired everyone with the charity’s history, its vision and its work to date. Continue reading “Important milestone for Lombok sustainable bamboo housing”

Designing sustainable bamboo housing in Lombok

Ramboll is teaching safe house design throughout rural Lombok to enable local communities to build their own earthquake resistant houses. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

An islan​d in crisis

In 2018, the island of Lombok was struck by several earthquakes of up to 7 on the Richter scale. These events had a catastrophic effect on local communities, leaving over 500 dead, 129,000 damaged houses and 445,000 people homeless. I visited Lombok shortly after the disaster at the request of Lombok based NGO Grenzeloos Milieu (which translates to Limitless or Infinite Environment​). What I saw had a profound effect on me.

Villages were flattened with bricks and rubble scattered all around, while in many cases the building foundations were all that remained. Though this was not an unusually powerful earthquake for the region, lack of reinforcement in the buildings meant the damage, and consequential loss of life, was far greater than it should have been. Continue reading “Designing sustainable bamboo housing in Lombok”