Rebuilding Traditional Houses After Disasters
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.