Indonesians honoured with awards for sustainability

Indonesians honoured with awards for sustainability
Published: 01 December 2008

Two Indonesians were honored during the Holcim Awards for their sustainable construction project involving children from Jakarta.

Didi Pramujadi and Myrza Yuliansyah received certificates of acknowledgement for their efforts during Thursday’s ceremony in New Delhi for the Asia-Pacific winners of the Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction.

"We believe that we (as architects) can contribute to the creation of sustainable construction in the future. We can do this by sharing our knowledge of sustainable design and ways of thinking with the future stakeholders, those involved in the construction of the urban environment: the children," the winners said of their project.

As volunteers at the Education Care Unit, Didi and Myrza engaged with elementary school children in creating a "Dream Island" made out of recycled materials, which introduces them to concepts of sustainability and design thinking.

The team of nine judges, led by Indian architect Ashok Lall and featuring Indonesian architect Gunawan Tjahjono, said the initiative was truly innovative and addressed the next generation because the project addressed children as the future of the built environment.