Coping Strategies in Vernacular Architecture: Adaptation and Adjustment for Contemporary Needs at Pinggan Village, Kintamani, Bali

  • Antonius Karel MuktiwibowoEmail author
  • Made Wina Satria
Conference paper


Vernacular architecture in scholarly literature addresses issues which include different perspectives, contradictions, and tensions. Indeed these studies, enrich our understanding of the vernacular and develop vital discourse around its sustainability, functionality and practicability. These challenges are expressed in the Pinggan Village community. Known as ‘Bali-Aga’ and considered the oldest generation of the Balinese, the traditional settlements of this community are facing significant transformations. Given contemporary daily activities and needs, this research proposes coping strategies with regard to the evolution of to their vernacular built environment settings are required. This paper will argue that vernacular sustainability is facilitated through this “coping strategy” method if adopted by its users. Such strategies enable, vernacular architecture to retain its transformative qualities in accordance with the development of local knowledge. Transformation is dependent on skill-sets and material availability for best environmental performance to achieve desired contemporary living standards. A qualitative study involving a case study investigates the ‘coping strategy’ underpinning Pinggan’s community. The paper will explore the approach of the coping strategy whereby the community applies adaptation and adjustment to achieve their desired comfort level through their vernacular architecture. It will investigate further individual and communal action in the vernacular setting. In short; the coping strategy acts as a continuous negotiation process of sustaining tradition and inherited vernacular knowledge with present human needs.


Coping strategy Vernacular architecture Adaptation Adjustment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ArchitectureUdayana UniversityBaliIndonesia

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