Anxiety caused by uncertainty

Sometimes we face anxiety, unclear brief in the work flow of the studio while the iterations happen, there are two typical person who will response to this kinda situation. First, the typical person, who will let the coordination going on with no so much clear direction, working with assumption of what the other people think. Second, the typical person who tries to clarify whether the direction is correct, that person will spend much time on calibration, clarification before working, and do the job.

Olivia fox Cabane Illustrated this condition in her book, The charisma Myth, she wrote that For many of us, a state of doubt or uncertainty is an uncomfortable place to be. Robert Leahy, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy, says his patients often report they would rather receive a negative diagnosis than be left in suspense, even tough the uncertainty would still allow hope of a positive outcome. [1]

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Book By Olivia Fox Cabane, Titled The charisma Myth MAster the Art of Personal Magnetism

Imagine that you are dealing with difficult situation whose outcome is uncertain. You envision a variety ways it could play out and you strategise on how to best deal with each, you imagine several scenarios, rational , logical thing to do. Obviously this condition takes much of your time on uncertainty. Olivia then concluded that our natural discomfort with uncertainty is yet another legacy of our survival instincts. We tend to be more comfortable with what is familiar, which obviously hasn’t killed us yet, that with what is unknown or uncertain, which could turn out to be dangerous.

I think this is happens occasionally where-ever you work, when clients called you, and the intent is not so clear. sometimes it left you in the condition of uncertain, unclear, and waste much of your energy. Olivia wrote concise way of act on how to solve this problem into 3 steps of doing. Step one and two are so so, first is de-stigmatize discomfort, thinking that this condition is common, normal, sometimes happens. Second, is neutralise negativity, there must be fallacy in our thinking, thinking that this condition is like our brain, which has filters for relevant informations, and our mind will present us with a seriously distorted view of reality. This tendency is called negativity bias.

The step three, is the most important. It is called Rewrite Reality. It’s the moment, when the situation is not clear, and you are trying to push, to clarify the information as clear as possible. This technique is not easy, because in order to do this, you have to connect with direct communication by phone, talking directly and avoiding email, indirect communication. The information need to be very clear, and attitude of solving problem and willing to be helpful will be needed.

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Olivia concluded after these three steps you have can now do phase “putting it together” , while you put all of the informations into several sequence in action. It includes the instructions you can use any time to de-stigmatize discomfort, neutralise negativity ,and rewrite reality. and finally, you are in the condition of comfortable in discomfort, to delve into the sensation of discomfort, which can help you to access your best performance during highly comfortable situations.

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Thank you Olivia for writing such beautiful book. It’s worth learning.

Merry X Mas and Happy Holiday for everybody
Merry X Mas and Happy Holiday for everybody

Istakagrha / RAW Architecture

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Located in Taman Meruya Ilir, West Jakarta region, Istakagrha meaning brick house,Situated in the increasingly crowded West Jakarta area, the 180 sqm house occupies a 150 sqm plot of land, 10m x 15m. Istakagrha is reflected by its name, brick House, it is a small and compact house with a orange painted color on the light weight brick, black colour , and rough concrete texture finishes.The expression creates humble and distinctive look

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“We have a dream to have a house which like a villa in Bali. A house more than a functional but a place to live and grow with feel of nature, we really love staying in tranquil house” explains homeowner Mr. Ferdian Septiono and Ms. Joice Verawati Realrich Sjarief. The clients are graphic designer who are willing to have a compact sustainable house.

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The architecture of istakagrha separated inside and outside with the landscape of a barrier wall made by light weight brick. The combination is stacked with pattern of solid void, which provide sense of privacy and security, meanwhile allowing sunlight and air circulation to flow inside the living room. The house faces east side allowing morning sunlight come to the space at 9 am. The stair is placed at the west side, the west side is walled with brick to provide thermal insulation. The air ventilator is placed at the west side of the house above the stair from ground to 1st floor providing fresh air circulation throught air stacking effect. The house has one open air receiving area as anteroom then no more separation wall between living, dining, and cooking which In the living room, the kitchen also takes some importance its final layout is the result of few adjustments based on the owner’s domestic habits. The only enclosed space in the ground floor is guest room, which doubles as a working space and guest bed room. A simple foyer and a light well integrated with stair, and art work is placed after the receiving area at the west side of the building. The first story houses private spaces. At the end of the corridor is 1 bedroom with shared bathroom and a walk-in closet. An simple and functional feel showering area is attached to the bathroom. The material used in this building is choosed based on the best craftmenship available in Jakarta, concrete structure is used because of the cost efficiency, engineered wood is used because of the look and lightness, metal frame for facade and sunshading are used because of durability.

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3 types of brick was used based on each character. First, is light weight brick, 200 x 600 x 100 mm, for the facade. Light weight brick was chosed because of the lightness, precision and can be easily molded and constructed as facade/ Second, orange brick which is most common material used in Jakarta, The third one is the ceramic brick 50 mm x 150 mm x 10 mm which is used for covering the stair wall as insulation and interior surface. An additional bedroom, bathroom and a stair way to the attic on the 1st floor is linked by a corridor leading to an open space beside the void leading to the stairwell and stair case through compact space. Istakagrha showed an example of small house in Jakarta with small plot of land with sustainable design approach and keeping privacy from out side to inside through simple form which is stacking brick.

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Architects : RAW Architecture
Location : Taman Meruya Ilir, Meruya Utara, Kembangan, Kota Jakarta Barat, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 11620, Indonesia
Client : Mr. Ferdi Septiono and Ms. Joice Verawati and Family
Principal : Realrich Sjarief
Project Team : Bambang Priyono, Tatyana Kusumo, Miftahuddin Nurdayat, Rio Triwardhana, Anton Suryanto, Christiandy Pradangga, Maria Vania. Area180.0 sqm
Project Year2015
Photographs : Bambang Purwanto, Ifran Nurdin
Manufacturers : Alexindo, Philip, Schneider
Supervisors : Sudjatmiko, Singgih Suryanto
Construction Manager : Eddy Bachtiar, Jasno Afif Angga
Structure Engineer : John DjuhaediMaster Carpenter Syarifuddin pudin
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer : Bambang Priyono, Andi, Karim, Hamim
Landscape : Mr. Ferdi Septiono, Ms. Joice Verawati and Family
Plan and Illustrations : Miftahuddin Nurdayat, Tatyana Kusumo, Rimba Harendana

Cradle to Cradle Remaking the Way We Make Things


Michael Braungart and William Mcdonough wrote in their book Cradle to Cradle Remaking the Way We Make Things. They wrote, imagine what you would come upon today at a typical landfill : old furniture , upholstery, carpets, televisions, and so on as well organic materials like diapers, paper , wood, and food wasters. Most of these products were made from valuable materials that required effort and expense to extract and make, billions of dollars’worth of material assets.

They continued their point that all of those things are heaped in a landfill, where their value is wasted. They are ultimate products of an industrial system that is designed on a linear, one-way cradle – to- the grave model which the resources are extracted, shaped into products, sold, and eventually disposed of in “grave”of some kind, usually a landfill or incinerator. This system in the book is discussed as a system that dominates modern manufacturing, They illustrated that 90 percent of materials extracted to make durable goods in the United States become waste almost immediately. It’s even cheaper to buy a new version than to repair the original item. I felt this as well when I tried to repair some of my computers and printers in the retail store,there is also the lack of skill person who can repair item.

Michael Braungart and William Mcdonough illustrated that the model that we faced is called one size fits all or I called it universal model, one example has been the push to achieve universal design solutions, which emerged as a leading design strategy in the last century. They continued that in the field of architecture, this strategy took the form of the International style movement, advanced during the early decades of the twentieth century by figures such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, and Le Corbusier, who were reacting against victorian – era styles. Their goal actually was social as well as aesthetic. They wanted to globally replace unsanitary and inequitable housing – fancy , ornate places for the rich : ugly, unhealth places for the poor – with clean minimalist, affordable building unencumbered by distinctions of wealth or class.

They concluded Today what we see is their sealed windows, constantly humming air conditioners, heating systems, lack of daylight and fresh air, and uniform fluorescent lighting. There is always breakdown when it comes to the public, some thinking can be absorbed into a beautiful thing, and some thinking is misleading to bad performance. Even though the originators of the International Style intended to bring hope, but who use the style today mislead the message.

Moreover, The performance sometimes seen is just a style, an appreciation of beauty rather than performance because simply the generalization, the effort of our originator turned to be no effort by its predecessor.


[1] Michael Braungart and William Mcdonough, Cradle to Cradle Remaking the Way We Make Things

Team of Leaders

Paul Gustavson and Stewart Liff wrote about How to build a great team in their book, a team of leaders. The idea is about empowering every member to take ownership, demonstrate initiative, and deliver results. They started with a question, how do you create an environment that successfully addresses the many challenges that supervisors and employees deal with while producing outstanding performance ? The answer is simple: You have to create an environment where everyone is a leader. That is , an environment where everyone works together, takes the initiative,assumes ownership, is willing to deal with difficult issues and accepts accountability for the team’s result. It’s basically an environment that is in contrast with one in which the supervisor tries to get everyone to produce [1].


There are 5 stages, the stage one, the team leader interacts with each team member one on one, and the stage five is that the team essentially manages itself, everyone becomes a leader. in This scenario, many of leader will spend most of the time working on higher , cross – functional, and outside issues freeing yourself to work at a broader level. The relationship with the team will be really different. Instead of being a traditional supervisor who manages on a one on one basis, your would teach the team members how to handle these issues and be available to assist the team as needed.

They illustrated with a case study about the general electric plant in Durham, North Carolina. The plan has more than 300 employees, and only one boss the plant manager. All of these employees report to the boss, meaning that for all intents and purposes, they have no supervisor. The teams do not maintain a typical assembly line. Instead , they worked on an engine from start to finish. Moreover, everyone’s work varies on a daily basis, keeping the work interesting, and resulting in a high degree of variety. This work area has no time clock, so team members bring their personal business, meanwhile, the plan manager, the only supervisor in the entire plant sits in an open cubicle in the middle of the factory floor.

The most important are, not everyone can fit into this environment especially “people who expect to take orders.”That is because the plant was designed to be operated by teams of leaders. All of the team are bosses. The people in this workplace are clearly engaged, have high energy, possess multiple skills, and are very motivated. In Addition, they take tremendous pride in their team and the work they perform. The result is the performance of the environment excel and being a leader in the industry. They concluded that the information shared are very important. If it’s limited, the performance will be low, or errors. Meanwhile, the supervisor will have to frequently work to the point of exhaustion since he or she will be trying to control the work of a group of not committed employees, which results on mediocrity.

Then, the key to building leaders, you must determine the knowledge they people you supervise, decide, how to acquire it, then manage its distribution. This is why this book is so important, all of us want to be involved, challenged, and empowered. We want to be part of something that is bigger than us, and all of us want to make a difference. We want to continue to grow and develop. We don’t want to work for a boss who tells us to keep our mouths shut and do as we are told. We don’t want to do work that is boring and inconsequential. A team of leader will both produce the outstanding results and make the work experience much more exciting and enjoyable for everybody and let’s start it now.

[1] Paul Gustavson, and Stewart Liff, Team of Leaders.
Ps: this article is written for a weekly article at studio RAW Architecture – Realrich Architecture Workshop as the commitment from me for development my family in the studio.

Ambiance of optimism and a team of leaderes will both produce the outstanding results and make the work experience much more exciting and enjoyable for everybody like in Holiday.

Circular windows and pyramidal skylights add playful geometry to Indonesian home by Alyn Griffiths

Honestly I’m so excited that The Guild,  is just published in Dezeen two weeks ago. why I’m so excited, first because If the work could be published there, it’s the first time, I’m curious about the article, which photos they want to use because it’s learning about the eye of design, which one interest them, which one doesn’t interest them. 


I watched movie titled Genius which The story of follows the story of American Southern writer Thomas Wolfe and his connections with New Yorker Maxwell Perkins, the publisher. Perkins had already previously published works by the great American writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. [1] I love the character of Perkins in the movie, William Maxwell Evarts “Max” Perkins (20 September 1884 – 17 June 1947), was a book editor of the early 20th century. He is remembered as the editor who discovered and nurtured American authors Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. He has been described as the most widely known literary editor of American literature [2]


Sometimes in our creativity process we dig in into ourselfisness, finding our own creativity and forgetting outside world in our mind. The editor with keep ourself grounded, connecting our work with public, so people can admire it with certain way of seeing. I think that is the most rewarding experience to submit some of the works to the publications, to get feedback and critics in front of public.

The writer asked me very simple question such as, Who else lives in the house with you ? Why did you want to have your home and studio in one building? What level of connection and separation did you want to achieve between these different programmes?Why did you choose to use circular and arch-shaped openings throughout the building? Why is there a dental clinic in the building ?

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I love to have someone who can give me feed back, it’s like having pak Anas Hidayat, and David Hutama as sparring partner of thoughts. It’s very important to have someone to watch your back, kick your ass, and give you hot or cold water if your need it eventhough you feel you are okay.

In the birthday of my fellow designer Tolay - he is leaving the office for the greater good. have a blast future ! :)
In the birthday of my fellow designer Tolay – he is leaving the office for the greater good. have a blast future, Lay. We are still fighting as always ! :)

It’s Miracle’s home and my family home, the studio that we love, it’s still on going to change for the benefit for everybody.

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Breakthrough through Innovation

Paul Goldberger discussed in his book “Why architecture matter” that “the new architecture “is often hard to accept. It’s only seldom seen as beautiful. It’s not easy to all of the great architects such as Frank Gehry, Frank Llyod Wright, Corbusier, or Mies Van De Rohe, or other great architects.

Falling Water - Frank Llyod Wright
Falling Water – Frank Llyod Wright

This book “Why architecture matter” showed basically reasons of loving architecture, while there are distortions between architects and people it this case, users, or clients, or visitors, or people that just see it for outside. In this case, the distortions will be shared in this article while I put a reflection, simple one, to connect Bachelard’s Poetics of Space and my experience while designing simple circle window which might illustrate the richness of thoughts in making architecture.

In each case, he illustrated a condition that artist broke through convention and changed our notions of what a culture can produce until their breakthroughs which now pleases us that There were almost always initial unpopular and vastly misunderstood. It’s like imagining, Frank Llyod Wright’s house leak or that Le Corbusier’s weathered badly or that Frank Gehry’s are difficult to construct.


in Poissy, a small commune outside of Paris, is one of the most significant contributions to modern architecture in the 20th century, Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. Completed in 1929, Villa Savoye is a modern take on a French country house that celebrates and reacts to the new machine age.
“in Poissy, a small commune outside of Paris, is one of the most significant contributions to modern architecture in the 20th century, Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. Completed in 1929, Villa Savoye is a modern take on a French country house that celebrates and reacts to the new machine age. ”
The lower level serves as the maintenance and service programs of the house. One of most interesting aspects of the house is the curved glass façade on the lower level that is formed to match the turning radius of automobiles of 1929 so that when the owner drives underneath the larger volume they can pull into the garage with the ease of a slight turn.
The lower level serves as the maintenance and service programs of the house. One of most interesting aspects of the house is the curved glass façade on the lower level that is formed to match the turning radius of automobiles of 1929 so that when the owner drives underneath the larger volume they can pull into the garage with the ease of a slight turn.
Both the lower level and the upper living quarters are based off an open plan idea that provokes the inhabitant to continuously meander between spaces. As an architectural tour de force, Le Corbusier incorporates a series of ramps moving from the lower level all the way to the rooftop garden, which requires the inhabitant to slow down and experience the movement between spaces.

For example, the example in this book is Le Corbusier’s extraordinary Villa Savoya, completed in 1929 in Poissy, a suburb outside of Paris, was the subject of angry exchanges between the architect and Madame Savoya, who considered the house “uninhabitable.” she lived in it for more than a decade, her discomfort is understandable, It was also happened in Mies Van der Rohe’s case by Edith Farsworth, who like the savoyes commissioned on the greatest houses of the twentieth century and once living in it, found it woefully impractical. Goldberger illustrated that The Savoyes and Edith Farnsworth were unlucky because they had to live woth a work of art at every moment, a nearly impossible task, he stated.

The single-story house consists of eight I-shaped steel columns that support the roof and floor frameworks, and therefore are both structural and expressive. In between these columns are floor-to-ceiling windows around the entire house, opening up the rooms to the woods around it.The windows are what provide the beauty of Mies’ idea of tying the residence with its tranquil surroundings. His idea for shading and privacy was through the many trees that were located on the private site. Mies explained this concept in an interview about the glass pavilion stating, “Nature, too, shall live its own life. We must beware not to disrupt it with the color of our houses and interior fittings. Yet we should attempt to bring nature, houses, and human beings together into a higher unity.” Mies intended for the house to be as light as possible on the land, and so he raised the house 5 feet 3 inches off the ground, allowing only the steel columns to meet the ground and the landscape to extend past the residence. In order to accomplish this, the mullions of the windows also provide structural support for the floor slab.

Goldberger put a premise that the rest of us have the luxury of looking at these houses only when we want to. Some people, of course, are capable only by looking at houses in practical terms. He continued, when the glass house, designed and owned by Philip Johnson completed in 1949, there was a story when one woman visited this then shocking piece of modern architecture and said ” very nice, but I couldn’t live there.” and Philip answered ” I haven’t asked you to, Madam, It was Johnson’s reply.. and then he concluded that few great houses are uplifting works of art to the people who live in them which are often incompatible with the demands of daily life or ordinary people.

As what Gaston Bachelard believed in such poetic of space, the more intimate objects what could be imagined in deeper level, it’s sometimes missunderstood that this premise that private houses are designed for all people. these example illustrated by Goldberger, summed that the conditions were made by and for clients.

The need to include the function is a must. In my case it’s simply like when I decided to have circle window in my family room, the question is, can it be opened, how it will be opened and what are the construction difficulties. When I tried to neglect the functional in my mind and put more into clearer form, I will neglect the opening and choose to make it frameless window, and I believe it’s easier for me but downgrade the window’s performance. It’s simply about working more detail towards functions of how you use the space. The solution was to change the glass into polycarbonate sheet which made the construction finished in just less than a week because the hinge will be smaller, the window will be lighter when I open it, and it will be more practical for the steel welder to construct on site while minimize the building cost.

There are the layers of thoughts that could bridge practical uses and more avant garde ideas. Goldberger’s thought could enhance how the architect, will have the authority to be avant garde but anyway the bridge will make it easy, will position architect ant users in the same ground.

The Guild s Circle Window at my family room : At the heart of the house is a courtyard with a fish pond with a background of the 3.5 m radius circle window with 3.50 m looking through the family room.

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