(SHORTLIST, Architecture of Necessity Competition organized by Virserums Konsthall
- winners to be announced this May)
Inspired by the traditional house of the Ifugao peoples of the Cordillera mountain range in Northern Luzon, Philippines, this proposal for what recently has been touted as a co-living concept, aims to highlight what Rudofsky would call the vernacular grounded in systems of indigenous knowledge (1964)—that today is championed as TEK: Traditional Ecological Knowledge.*
Recognising the value of tradition-bound perspectives as they relate to ways of making is especially of import now as we are faced with the harsh realities of the climate crisis. Here, the knowledge handed down through generations by Indigenous Peoples offers an alternative when modern solutions seem to be not enough—especially when we speak of one of the key elements of sustainability which is natural resource management.
This project goes beyond the safeguarding of a dying culture as it proposes the reinforcement, in fact, of the tenability of this people’s knowledge base. At its core, how communities of Indigenous Peoples thrived for ages—coexisting with their territory’s rich biodiversities whilst exemplifying resilience and strength—is a lens from which we can view the possibilities for the city of tomorrow.
*Also Lo-TEK in contradistinction with ‘hi-tech’ in the book Lo-TEK: Design by Radical Indigenism by Julia Watson.