Rebuilding Traditional Houses After Disasters

Publication | July 2009

Houses were rebuilt using traditional designs while incorporating earthquake-resistant construction principles of interlocking pillars and beams that had been essential to Nias’ traditional architecture.


  • On Nias Island, ADB's Earthquake and Tsunami Emergency Project reconstructed and rehabilitated seven villages damaged by the 2004 and 2005 earthquakes.
  • The houses that were rebuilt preserve architectural traditions and ensure principles of earthquake resistant construction.
  • Residents worked within a limited budget, personally managed the reconstruction, and benefited from an innovative, cost-efficient, and direct community contracting method.