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Yori Antar: Learning from genius loci

  • Anissa S. Febrina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 7 2010   /  11:30 am

 JP/Anissa S. FebrinaYoung architects of today look up to him as a celebrity in the industry. Yet architect Yori Antar strives to be more than just that.Back in the early 1990s, he was among those breaking the boundaries of the profession, collaborating with artists, anthropologists and urban experts to redefine Indonesian architecture.Now, more than ever, Yori is increasingly drawn to people who most architects are still reluctant to learn from: locals living in traditional houses and settlements.“Whether it’s a house, a public building or a monument, we can learn a lot from local wisdom,” says the architect, who recently started the Rumah Asuh project, a movement trying to preserve traditional houses and work with locals in various villages to document the Indonesian genius loci.Amid his urban activities completing homes for the wealthy, Yori and his team at the Han Awal &am...