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Badjao architecture has to teach us about resilience

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

We normally look to academics and engineers to solve our problems in building during climate change, but this post from Arch Daily reminded me that some gems lie within.

Badjao child rowing near coast. Image © idome via Shutterstock

The Badjao are sea-living people. I grew up with their image in my brain thanks to a elementary civics class. Their homes on stilts seems fragile things in the face of the wide ocean that they choose to live within, but it turns out, their lifestyle has a lot of lessons to offer for those of us trying to figure out how to live within a new norm.

Temporary construction in Southeast Asian ocean. Image © asnida via Shutterstock
In the post, the writer points out how the Badjao build within nature's whims. Like Buddhists, they do not hold onto the concrete, but are willing to let go of their creations to rebuild again and again and again.

Most of us build to last for a lifetime, but what if, like the Badjao, we learn to accept that we are fragile against nature, and instead learn to live within its rhythms?

Read more about the Badjao architecture here.


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