Indonesian architect wins top award in France

  • Indonesia
  • Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020

JAKARTA: Indonesian architect Nabila Larasati Pranoto has won a Coup de Coeur Award in the Architecture and Sea Level Rise category for her work focusing on how architecture could help ensure the survival and empowerment of communities living along riverbanks.

The award was presented by Justin Ahanhanzo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (Unesco) Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission during a ceremony organised by the Jacques Rougerie Foundation and attended by French Culture Minister M. Franck Riester at the Institute de France in Paris on Jan 22.

Titled “A Living Organism”, Nabila’s work aims to explore alternative designs that support the general lifestyle and livelihood of riverbank residents.

The 23-year-old architect, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture last year, said the topic and theme of her latest work were similar to those of her thesis at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

“My thesis focuses on a fictional speculation about the survival and empowerment of coastal communities that rely heavily on the stability of nature for fisheries and agriculture,” Nabila said last Friday as quoted by, adding that such communities were most vulnerable to threats of climate change and rising sea levels.

The design presented in “A Living Organism” is an integrated system comprises of aquaculture and aquaponics, among other systems.

“My design explores ways in which (riverbank communities) could restructure their lives and economy through technology, so they may be able to maintain and revive their livelihoods,” Nabila said. – The Jakarta Post/ANN

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