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Llayers of performance-passive device for tropical climate – sunshading, canopy, gable window, glass house for evaporative cooling, Monsoon opening

Creating layers of performance-passive device for tropical climate – sunshading, canopy, gable window, glass house for evaporative cooling, Monsoon opening.

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Anxiety caused by uncertainty

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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
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The house that dances in its realist view like the clients who are realist and expressionist

The house that dances in its realist view like the clients who are realist and expressionist. Hope that the family in this house will be blessed with happiness, love and their children is blessed with great dreams. We are in the progress scrutinizing the details, hopefully this house will be finished in great shape. ^^ love love

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Motivation Letter

Adimas Arief Wisnu Aji – Universitas Gajah Mada

I am currently studying Undergraduate programme in Architecture Engineering at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta. My decision to choose Architecture Engineering as my Major study was not just an accident. I love to draw since I was four years old, especially houses and buildings. I drew my first 3D perspective house when I was six years old. Not just drawing, since I was a little kid, I do always have this interest of playing architecture correlated games such as Lego, The Sims, Lego Digital Designer, Autocad, The Sims City and etcetera. I would spend my whole day just to figure things out in making some 3D models in all of those games.

Since I was designing my first house in my second semester up to now in my fifth semester, I do always unconsciously design my buildings toward the minimalism-natural style. Throughout my study in Architecture Engineering, then I found out that that I eager to know and learn more about urban design and minimalism architecture. Some of famous architecture works that I love are The Church of Lights and The Water Temple by Tadao Ando. I love the way Tadao Ando uses light as a part of his design in The Church of Light and I love the way he plays with artificial lights and spaces in The Water Temple to guide the visitor to the main area of the temple. Those reasons then guide me to find out more about RAW Architecture.

I have chosen to apply as an internship student in RAW Architecture because I really like most of the architecture design from RAW Architecture. The Wirawan House, The Gunungan Design, and of course RAW Architecture Office itself. I love the way those designs are minimalist yet natural. I love the way the designs are using lights as a part of the design. I feel connected to the designs and I believe that I can learn more about minimalism-natural architecture style and urban design in RAW Architecture. The RAW Architecture will give me more chance to improve my architectural senses, to open my perspective more about urban design and give me more experiences of working in a real-life architecture project.  The other reason for me is The RAW Architecture office itself which is well designed.

I would very much like to spend two months for my internship at the RAW Architecture. This would give me a chance to deepen architectural knowledge in the inspiring, creative, and exciting environment of one of the best Architecture Consultant in Indonesia. Furthermore, by joining RAW Architecture, I could get to know better a lot of new people and a lot of new ideas the widen my perspective and point of view in Architecture. Moreover, I am confident that my experience in RAW Architecture, Jakarta, would be extremely exciting, fun, and valuable for both my studies and overall general development as a better future architect.

Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to your positive response.

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Aprilea S. Ariadi – Universitas Diponegoro

My name is Aprilea S. Ariadi, and I am currently studying Architecture in Universitas Diponegoro, Semarang, in my fifth semester. I am a quite active participant in architecture design competitions and call for papers, having been a finalist in one. Outside my studies, I am a staff in Himpunan Mahasiswa Arsitektur Amoghasida, to be exact, in Creative & Media Department, in which I handle publications, websites, and the likes. Also, I am an active participant in architectural events, be it as a committee or as an attendee. Recently, I have just returned from being a delegate for Arcasia Student Jamboree 2016 in Hong Kong, which was being held simultaneously with the 17th Asian Congress of Architects, along with other 30 delegates from various universities in Indonesia, and over 100 delegates from other countries in Asia as well.

My introduction with the world of architecture began when I was still a mere baby, not even born yet, in my mother’s belly. My mother was an architecture student, and she used to tell me that she carried me around until late stages of her pregnancy, to lectures and studio works and excursions. I remember it like it was yesterday, that my love for architecture grew when I was 6. My mother, having postponed her graduation until I was big enough to be on my own, was busy doing her final project. I was really curious and I scoured my mother’s staggering pile of architecture books. The images and sketches mesmerized me. At that time I haven’t quite grasped the idea and meaning to all of those images, they just seem spectacular to me. But that was enough to make me say, “I want to be an architect when I grow up.”

Having an engineer who specializes in high-rise buildings as my father is also one of the catalyst, or the leading factor, for me to be introduced to the world of construction since my early age. When I was little, my father used to take me to construction sites and teach me about building elements–a luxury that not all of my friends could have. An unfair advantage, as one would say. To this day, I still frequently discuss various things with my father, in particular about buildings.

In junior high school, I started to travel around the world. I experienced a lot of buildings, spaces, you name it. My horizon widened. I recalled my first ever encounter with an architectural landmark in Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia. The weirdly shaped church captivated my eyes, and intrigued my mind (still does). As the tour guide explained the meaning of this and that, I had an epiphany. So, this is architecture.

Semarang, October 10, 2016

My first encounter with Mr. Realrich Sjarief happened in 2015, when my team and I were attending a national seminar in Surabaya, held by Universitas Kristen Petra. We were there as the finalists for a call for paper. I remembered Mr. Realrich’s presentation about his studies, his works, a bit of his personal life, about Heino Engel’s Tragsysteme (I would then directly run to the library when I got back in Semarang and look for the book) and in the last one, he referred to his team at RAW as ‘his children’ and that he ‘wouldn’t be here without them’. And I thought to myself, “Must be incredible, being a part of such an amazing team.”

Since then, I have been going to several occasions in which Mr. Realrich was the speaker, namely Anabata’s Open Talk in Semarang a few months ago. There, he talked more about his recent projects. I was greatly inspired.

With that said, I would love to have the opportunity to be a part of the team, as an intern. I would love to broaden my perspective in architecture, meet amazing people in the team, work with them, and learn from them.

Thank you for considering my application. Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Regards,

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Kurniawan Bayuaji – Universitas Diponegoro

For me, architecture is not just about drawing things or designing something visually pleasant. Personally i believe that Architect has a strong role in building the future generation through designing built environment. Every spaces, every lines, and every curves that we think is necessary to develop the culture of future society.

I love to think about human behaviour when i work. For me, a good architecture should provide human with a good space related with their activities. I do not prefer aestethics as top priority. When my friend was exploring their design with shape exploration, i prefer to do my own research about human activities on related architecture object. Sometimes, when my friend was almost finished her project, i still have not finished my research yet. I cannot do instant working, i need time to think and make a good concept.

By that perspective, i try to do the best on my college work to achieve my own idealism of architecture. I try to convince my teachers about my ideas, and i think very hard on every project so i can develop my mindset better. Sometimes it ended very well, but there was also so many mistakes. I am glad that my friends supported my ideas, and my teacher also support my proposed solution. I admit that i still had so much to learn. But i am sure that i will get better and better as the time goes.

Throughout the years, there was so many question in my mind. How can i measure my design skills, if my works were just fictional and will never be done at the real word? How does it really feel to face real architecture problem? It cannot be answered. I realized, that the only way to understand more about architecture is to practice it on real problem and real architecture experience.

I have seen Mr. Realrich twice when i participated at seminar and open talk at Surabaya and Semarang. He talked about 99 percent project, and he shared his perspective about structure exploration. Not only that, he also shared about his favorite project, and i found that he shared common interest with me. He talked about Casa Mila made by Antonio Gaudi and Lawangsewu at Semarang. There, i am simply amazed by his point of view and his experience as an architect.

Now, i have to fulfill my Kerja Praktek at college. I believe that by learning at RAW Architecture, i can fulfill my curiousity as a student. I hope that i can improve my designing skills here, such as problem solving, making good concepts, exploring structure, and co-operating with teammates. I am ready to dedicate myself here, and i am ready to put my maximum effort to do the best.

So, here i am.
I really hope that soon i can hear a good news from your company. Thank you.

Best Regards, Kurniawan Bayuaji

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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

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Cantilevered Wood Box facing north south of Wiriawan House

Morning breeze – Cantilevered Wood Box facing north south of Wiriawan House. Hope this house is going to be blessing for owners with love and happiness.

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Farah Andani – BINUS University

Feels like yesterday was my first day working at The Guild. But now I’m writting this reflection letter, knowing that I already finish my internship for 3 months. I thought it’s going to be a long time for internship, but it’s not. Many good and bitter sweet events that happened to me left many great and unforgettable memories. I really have a good time working at The Guild. Meet many good peoples from different regions and totally strangers to me.

The first day I’m working, contains many feels like excited, nervous, stiff and very afraid to make mistakes in my first day. My first project was residential project with Kak Ellena. She briefed the project while showing me working drawing in AutoCAD and she operate the apps with her fast handed I was like, wow she’s so good! I’m so impressed with her, since I don’t using AutoCAD since third semester so I can’t use AutoCAD smoothly. From that day, I started use AutoCAD again for a long time and learned many commends that I don’t learn in college. Until now and for the future, I always use AutoCAD (already forget ArchiCAD) and will use this for my final thesis.

I got another residential project with Kak Asep and Kak Damar. My job was making 3d exterior modelling, using SketchUp. Thanks for this project, I can use SketchUp better than before and learned new commends that I never use. I also learned the technical part of this house, like roof details, floor details, what kind of materials are usually used and the standardizations, technical names in the fields, and more.

I’m learning more about what’s the first thing to do before designing, it is searching many studies and precedences for design’s references and it’s ease me to start designing. Kak Miftah taught me the right steps and it is easier than I learned in college, very simple but infomative. He taught me how to present nicely the references into ppt for meeting with client. And he taught how rendering and touch up perspective drawing with Photoshop. As usual, he impressed me. I was wondering is he took some Photoshop courses or just watching on youtube. Briefly, I learned a lot from him.

I got a job for designing drawer, and of course made me excited! I used all the knowledge during work in The Guild. Working hard to designing and presenting the drawer, I called it pigeon hall. One day, Kak Rich want to review my job with me. I immediately get nervous! Kak Rich told me to relax and don’t too stiff, just talk usually but seriously. What I like about him is he commented my design clearly and advised me the better design option with nice and structural sentences. And ease my nervousness feeling. But sometimes, he commented my design assertively when I made some mistakes. Even tough it’s scared me a bit, I understand that he tested my mental to facing the intense moments when Principal Architect scold his employees because thier job is less satisfactory. It is for my preparation to facing the intense moments at another architect firm where I am working for in the future. And I really love the moment Kak Rich reviews all projects in OMAH Library with everybody. He always sharing his thoughts, slide jokes in the middle of review and never forget motivated us to become the better designer. He is really a good teacher.

And most of all, all the Associates Team members, Architectural Designer members and other employees are really nice people, open to each others, and showing their uniqueness side. I never forget deadline moments when everybody are losing their minds and joking around because too tired working, especially people on the mezzanine. At the same time, their jokes and their weird laughs made everyone enjoy the work even facing the deadline.

I realized I’m gonna missed all those unforgettable moments in the office. No more weirds laughs and jokes from the mezzanine. No more food predators, no more seeing people swimming when the weather is hot, no more teasing each other, no more bulutangkis, warung, salat berjamaah, running in the evening, and more. Thank you so much to all Associates Team members, Architectural Designer members, DOT Workshop members, other employees, my fellow interns, and especially Kak Rich who always guide us and never stop sharing your thoughts to everybody. Thank you for this precious 3 months. Forever best office in the world!

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Olivia D -UPH

Sangat terbuka dan menyambut kami dengan hangat. Sangat inspiratif, mempunyai konsep rumah yang patut dicontoh, mulai dari filosofinya dan juga bentuk ruangnya. Terima kasih, merupakan pelajaran yang berharga bagi kami.

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Nadia Christabella -UPH

It’s an interesting and inspiring trip! I’m so glad that I could visit the guild R.A.W architect. It gives me new insights both in architecture+interior aspects. It reminds me that as designers, we dont need to be afraid to try and combine new things, even if they are not the usual stuff. It also reminds me to the materials. I especially like the drop ceilings :) show nature of the surroundings, the ambience, everything! Thumbs up! :)

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Felicia Thiodora -UPH

The Guild looks synced in harmony. With the usage of similar material and form. The skylight provided so much lightning without baing artificial and the layout is open and functional.

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Melissa Vianni -UPH

There’s harmony in the building, dari pemakaian material. Form, function juga terpenuhi. I learn a lot, dari experience yang saya dapat dari seite visit ke bangunan the Guild ini.

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Nadya Chloe Chandra -UPH

Everything looks so structured, eye-pleasing, and I can learn a lot from this visit. The home, office, and library is indeed unique in terms of design and materials. A memorable experience.

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Jessica Yuanita

Kantor + residen RAW/OMAH ini formnya unik. Sustainable design. saya sangat terkesan dengan pengolahan ceiling yang tidak monoton di tiap ruang/transisi ruang sehingga kita dibuat takjub setiap saat. Ceiling diolah secara detail+pengaplikasian material yang harmonis (unity). Selain itu, saya menyukai form yang circular, yang banyak diterapkan pada ceiling + daun pintu.

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Yenti Rahardjo

Many surprise spaces, although not familiar with the space but can feel the experiment. Nice play with details & kitchen of joints.

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kania Dwirachma -UPH

Rumahnya sangat menyenangkan untuk diobservasi dan dipelajari, sangat berani bermain bentuk dan material. Tapi mungkin yang saya kurang mengerti adalah transformasi bentuknya, dan kurang menyatu, unity antar modul. Namun, ketika dijelaskan konsepnya, saya jadi mengerti.

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Tiffany Elizabeth .S -UPH

Tiap ruangan memberikan experience berbeda-beda. Formyang digunakan juga bervariasi. Arsitekturnya juga sangat mendetail, mulai dari adanya gap tiap perbedaan material dan adanya undakan tiap beda ruang. Material yang dipakai juga menonjolkan keunikan aslinya. Tapi penggabungan formnya kurang unity.

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Verlina Kusuma -UPH

Rumah ini unik karena menggunakan banyak form, yaitu lingkaran dan persegi. Menggunakan design principle repetition, lalu tiap perbedaan terdapat gap. Rumah ini kurang memiliki unity dari form-nya. Penggunaan material perforated panel di ruang sauna kurang ergonomis pada siang hari.

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reflection letter

Agnia Gama Priviyanti – BINUS University

Time flies so fast. It has been three months already, since I started working on this curved desk, in a strange office building, with a-castle-like skylight. I began my internship at RAW Architecture on 6th September 2016. I remember how my first day as an intern here, my jaw was dropping just because I saw this office for the first time. “What an amazing building”, I thought as I walked and see the exterior of The Guild. As I went into the studio, I know this is the place where my incredible journey began.

I met Kak Miftah and Kak Rimba, RAW’s associate designer and also my internship supervisors. They are really great and  I glad to know them. They guide me, teach me when I don’t understand or confuse, patient with me because sometimes I feel so slow and weak when doing the task. Kak Miftah always said, “If you didn’t know how to do something, just ask us. Don’t let yourself trapped in confusion”. I also meet amazing designer here that always help me, even though I made many mistakes. I love working with them, I love the atmosphere of this office. I enjoy the pressure when the deadline is coming even though it was frightening, really enjoy laughing with the other designer as I hear their jokes from the mezzanine. Such memories.

I also had a chance to meet the principal of this office, Mr. Realrich Sjarief. The first time I saw him, he seems so humble and he really is. For me, he is a role model, a charismatic leader that always encourage his team, never hesitate sharing everything he know to the other, always optimist and believe that we can push ourselves to limit in an efficiency time. He is a remarkable person, and I feel so lucky to saw him leading his dream team in person.

To be honest, I didn’t imagine myself will be an intern at RAW Architecture, clicking my mouse in the designer’s hive, going home like Cinderella at 00.00 am. All my friends asked, how could you bear working with such pressure? At the first week as an intern here I couldn’t even feel my bone, off course I feel extremely exhausted. Am I going to make it? Am I capable being an intern here for three months? But as the time goes by, I managed to adapt myself here. I took this as an introduction about architecture in real life. That everything takes process, there are stages at designing something to become finished. I’m impressed how everyone can work harder and longer than myself every day, I should learn how they manage their time, how they seek ideas to design hundreds projects here.

As an intern in RAW, I earned a lot of knowledge about architecture. Especially be able to design and draw the ideas. I also feel improved with my software skill and can work more quickly. I remember my first day here I was so scared. I’m not fluent in operating Sketch-Up or AutoCAD because I always use Archicad in college. But as time flies, I can use those programs without hesitation. Not better at technical skills such as drawing and illustrating, but I also feel improved in my teamwork skills. Thanks to Mr. Rich, Kak Miftah, Kak Rimba, Kak Asep, Kak Aki, Kak Tolay, Kak Ali, Kak Acong, Kak Tirta, Kak Laras, Kak Ellena, Kak Nida, Kak Jajo, Kak Ica, Kak Damar, Kak Gomes, Mas Yopi and all of RAW’s team for showing me what teamwork really is. Also thanks to my friends on practical work for always help and grip each other’s shoulder together. From this unforgettable experience I learned to take responsibility to do the task as good as possible. Push myself to limit to work even quickly and more precise every time.

Thank you RAW, especially Mr. Rich for given me opportunity to learn more about architecture here. Thank you for the unforgettable journey, I will remember this as my first step to reach my goal. As I walk out from this office at my last day as an intern, I know I’ll miss The Guild so much. There’re no more shalat berjamaah at OMAH, no more go to warung, no more crazy laugh because of the jokes from the mezzanine, no more weird music that accompany us when the deadline comes, and no more Cinderella going home at midnight. Keep being the best office in the world!

Best Regards,

 

Agnia Gama Priviyanti – Universitas Bina Nusantara

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Element such forms are playing like rubic, surprisingly experinces inside, a various insight are pouring in.

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Cradle to Cradle Remaking the Way We Make Things

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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.

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

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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].

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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.

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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.
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The Guild is featuring in BOB Magazine, South Korea

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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. 

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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]

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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.

Suasana Diskusi di Studio RAW
Suasana Diskusi di Studio RAW
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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.

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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. ” http://www.archdaily.com/84524/ad-classics-villa-savoye-le-corbusier
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.
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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. https://en.wikiarquitectura.com/index.php/File:Villa_Savoye_Plata.jpg

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. http://www.archdaily.com/59719/ad-classics-the-farnsworth-house-mies-van-der-rohe/5037ddac28ba0d599b000077-ad-classics-the-farnsworth-house-mies-van-der-rohe-image

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.

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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.

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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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Featured Image by © Liao Yusheng: http://www.archdaily.com/67321/gehry-residence-frank-gehry