Nomadic architecture: Terrain Architects

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Nomadic architecture: Terrain Architects

Nomadic architecture: Terrain Architects

Using local skills and materials, Terrain Architects creates architecture for needy communities everywhere from Indonesia to Africa.

While the two founding directors of Terrain Architects, Ikko Kobayashi and Fumi Kashimura, both hail from Japan, their field of operation encompasses not just the country of their birth countries as diverse as Indonesia and Africa. Citing the late, Australian humanitarian architect Ross Langdon as inspiration, their design methodology establishes a fifty-fifty relationship with the local communities they work with, in the belief that local expertise is essential to maximising the value of any architectural project.

In keeping with this approach, Terrain Architects provides design solutions that use local skills and materials to meld with local climate, culture and communities, as seen in recently completed projects including a library in Java, Indonesia, and a student housing project in Kampala, Uganda. […]

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