Live from Indonesia: 10 Years After the Asian Tsunami — 4 Comments

    • Excellent find, thank you Josh. The domes now look like the worst photos at this link, plus there’s way more black mold now. Maybe these photos are a few years old. No one is talking about this!!!!! There are lots and lots of sites that repost the basic story, but I didn’t find any sites that show the current state of the domes. And by the way, I was shocked when we drove up. They look terrible up close. There’s a big crack along almost every piece of rebar. Once the concrete has broken it’s bond with the rebar then most of the strength is gone. That’s why I said one more quake could make these domes unlivable. Maybe I should do another blog post because most people won’t see this…

  1. I’m going to blog about this topic again tomorrow since it’s so important. For a more representative view of what most houses in Yogyakarta look like, search Yogyakarta house in Google Images.

    Looking at these domes again got me thinking about the glare and heat coming through those windows! No roof insulation, no roof overhang, no awnings in 100 degree F heat = unbearable living conditions. Maybe these domes can be converted into giant ovens after people find better places to live.

  2. My intention was to talk to some of the homeowners to get their opinions about the domes. That didn’t work out, unfortunately. Here’s what happened.

    I checked in at the office first and asked if it was okay to look around a little bit. He motioned towards the inside of his home. Doors and windows were ajar and probably leak badly since there’s no protection from rain. I pointed to a large crack where the interior plastered brick walls were pulling apart. He said “earthquake”. That would explain all the cracks on the domes and the rest of the damage. All of the domes cracked along the lines of rebar reinforcement. Since the concrete is already cracked along the rebar, it seems like one more similar earthquake and the domes will not be livable. So these domes are not as strong as claimed. Plus, there’s no protection from overheating! Geez, Indonesia is near the equator and really hot. Obviously concrete is just soaking up all that heat and trapping it inside. The loft in the office was not being used except to store extra stuff, because it’s probably too hot.

    At this point I’m getting ready to talk to some homeowners when the office guy holds out his hand and says 5,000 or something like that. (Now he wanted money to look around.) I reminded him he had just said I could look around a bit. He wouldn’t back down so I jumped back in the cab and left.

    So are homeowners happy with their domes? I can’t say for sure since I wasn’t going to contribute to their tourist mnoney making scam (no matter how small the amount). My guess is these people accepted the domes because they had no other choice at the time. With the problems of cracking, overheating, leaks and not fitting in with local styles suggests this poorly planned project will not catch on in this area.

    Note: I love domes. I have a dome at my home and sell numerous dome plans. They’re great in the right climate. Just realize that domes evolved in deserts and will experience moisture problems in rainy and snowy climates unless protected with a roof or rain screen.

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