Lecture and discussion

Gotong Royong – For a Common Goal

Collectively Shaping Neighbourhoods

Wed 30.10.2019, 19:00-21:00
Houses with multicoloured facades, mopeds park in front of them

Pilot House in Kampung Tongkol, Indonesia
© photograph: Andrea Fitrianto

In Indonesia there is a long tradition of communal projects that are agreed upon and realised democratically: Gotong Royong

‘Gotong Royong’ means carrying something out together and describes working together to achieve a collective goal. Three short lectures explan this approach to collaborative projects in Jakarta, and how it strengthens communal autonomy. In what ways can these processes be reinterpreted? What can we learn from Gotong Royong for global challenges in the planning and building sectors?


Welcome address:

Angelika Fitz, Director of the Az W

Florian Waldmayer and Magdalena Dona, Architektur ohne Grenzen Austria



Andrea Fitrianto, ASF Indonesia

Farid Rakun, ruangrupa

Gabriele Weichart, Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, University Vienna


Followed by a discussion with:

Eilfried Huth, Architect


Moderated by Maik Novotny, architecture reporter