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Talking houses in Aceh Besar


Elliott, C, Talking houses in Aceh Besar, School of Geography & Environmental Studies Conference Abstracts 2020, 28 June 2010, Sandy Bay (2010) [Conference Extract]


In a disaster situation creating fast, simple, permanent housing is often given priority over how housing is built. When non-local relief organisations design, plan or build housing they bring ideas about what housing is and how it should look and feel to the locale. They also bring ideas about what people want and need, and what is best for them. The resulting post-disaster houses can sometimes be easily identified as ‘belonging to’ a certain relief organisation. Such a transformation of the visual landscape is evident in Aceh. In a post-disaster situation the impact of non-locals building housing and the introduction of different ideas about the use, position and purpose of housing cannot be understated. As a student researcher I examine the post-disaster housing process in one community in Aceh Besar, Indonesia. I will discuss how newly built houses are affecting people’s ability to resume daily life and how people are responding to such housing following the devastation of the 2004 Asian Tsunami in Aceh.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:disaster relief, housing, Aceh
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Other built environment and design
Research Field:Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Heritage
Objective Field:Conserving intangible cultural heritage
UTAS Author:Elliott, C (Dr Catherine Elliott)
ID Code:65554
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2010-11-23
Last Modified:2010-11-23

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