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Elang Teluk Betung

Ini ayah saya, namanya Asnawi Sjarief, opa kami, yang ngga segesit ibu saya tapi matanya tajam seperti elang.Ia adalah seorang pemain bulutangkis yang sempat jadi elang Teluk Betung, meskipun badannya kecil ia terkenal dengan jumping smashnya. Ia menyaksikan kehebatan satu legenda pelatih Indonesia Tong Sin Fu dalam melatih reflek, teknik bermain dengan etos berlatih tinggi sampai berkelahi ketika harus mempertahankan prinsip hidupnya. Tong Sin Fu sekarang melatih Lin Dan, dan kaliber dunia lainnya menjadi juara dunia. Dulu om Tong sempat melatih Icuk Sugiarto, Alan Budikusuma, Ardy Wiranata, Hariyanto Arbi, Hendrawan. Ia melatih murid2nya untuk meraih puluhan gelar juara termasuk 3 olimpiade, piala Thomas, Uber dan banyak piala lainnya. Untuk saya figur Tong Sin Fu dan Ayah saya adalah figur dasar bagaimana arsitek perlu memiliki prinsip hidup dan latihan yang intensif.

Seorang ayah adalah pelita bagi anak – anaknya, begitupun ayah saya yang sudah disebut opa oleh cucu2nya. Saya sangat kangen sekali untuk berkunjung ke tempat ayah saya hanya untuk sekedar mendengarkan ia mengulangi kisah – kisah hidupnya bertemu orang – orang luar biasa termasuk ketika ia membicarakan terus Teddy Boen dan menanyakan ke saya, kamu sudah kontak pak Teddy Boen ?

Akhirnya saya bertemu pak Teddy sebelum pada saat itu sata bertemu almarhum pak Adhi Moersid. Saya diceritakan mengenai prinsip – prinsip hidup berelasi dengan engineer dan menegaskan bahwa empati, hati diperlukan di dalam menjalani praktik. Ternyata beliau adalah insinyur struktur dari Said Naum, yang merupakan partner almarhum Pak Adhi Moersid dan Atelier 6 Arsitek. Teddy Boen hanya berkata your dad is really good person, teliti dalam bekerja dan tidak omong besar. Hidup ini memang berputar seperti pasir di pantai kadang ia tertarik ke dasar lautan mendalami prinsip hidup untuk kembali ke daratan mendalami bahwa semua hal ini terelasi.Le Corbusier memahami ini di dalam gambaran saat – saat dirinya bermain di pantai dan menemukan poetic objet, dari situ ia memahami bahasa alam melalui kerang, bentuk alam.

Setelah saya selesai menemui almarhum Adhi Moersid dan Teddy Boen. Pak Teddy menitipkan 10 buah buku dan prototipe rumah tahan gempa yang berguna untuk masyarakat yang adalah dokumen publik

saya kembali ke rumah ayah saya. Saya ingat ia menyambut ke depan dan langsung menanyakan , gimana sudah bertemu ? Saya mengiyakan dan melihat matanya berbinar – binar.

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Apresiasi terhadap Arsitek

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Dalam tabel standar biaya konsultan inkindo 2015 – Disdik DKI Jakarta, terdapat daftar untuk spesifikasi tenaga ahli dengan spesialisasi tertentu [1]. Spesialisasi tertentu ini mengacu ke perancangan gedung dengan kompleksitas tinggi seperti bangunan tinggi, pembangkit listrik, jembatan, dll. Uniknya dan anehnya, di dalam tabel ini tidak terdapat profesi arsitek, sedangkan disebutkan ahli mekanikal elektrikal, teknik lingkungan, teknik sipik, Geoteknik, Geologi. Memang di dalam lampiran tersebut terdapat kata – kata “dan lain – lain” namun disinilah tersirat bahwa, apakah profesi arsitek ini hadir dalam lingkungan jasa konsultan Indonesia. Jawabannya pasti iya, hadir, namun keberpihakan untuk arsitek patut untuk diperjuangkan karena tiga hal penting:

pertama arsitek berfungsi untuk melakukan efisiensi anggaran, dengan optimasi terhadap massa bangunan, luas bangunan, layout ruang, menentukan titik kolom struktur, menentukan jarak sisa untuk saluran mekanikal elektrikal dan pemipaan, dan optimasi penggunaan material. Kedua, arsitek berfungsi untuk mempercepat masa konstruksi bangunan dengan mempertimbangkan cara bangunan tersebut dikonstruksi, ketiga, arsitek bertanggung jawab terhadap tata ruang, dan perijinan bangunan tersebut untuk mendapatkan ijin mendirikan bangunan, yang bisa dipertanggung jawabkan keamanan, kenyamanan berdasarkan good practice, ataupun Standar Nasional Indonesia, ataupun timesaver, neufert data handbook, building metric handbook, ataupun standar – standar lain yang bisa diargumentasikan seperti standar pengamanan terhadap bocornya air, standar pengolahan minyak atau limbah, standar pengolahan air kotor, dan standar penyediaan air bersih dan sambungan antar detail yang mencegah angin, air, ataupun pandangan, terkait dengan privasi pengguna. Sedemikian mengerikannya apabila satu bangunan tidak didesain dengan benar, apalagi bangunan dengan kompleksitas tinggi yang akan digunakan oleh klien dan penggunanya. Kita patut bertanya – tanya, standar seperti apa yang digunakan.  Apalagi ditambah apabila kita bertanya – tanya tentang penghargaan sebuah ide – ide dari satu bangunan. Mungkin keadaan ini masih jauh Panggang Dari Api atau kenyataan tidak sesuai harapan.

Professor Danisworo dalam kuliahnya di Omah library, menjelaskan bahwa standar fee untuk arsitek dari tahun ke tahun berkurang dari jaman ia merintis praktek Encona, dahulu pada waktu ia mengerjakan desain bandara udara Halim, uang imbalan balas jasa bersih yang didapat oleh kantor, bisa digunakan untuk membeli satu buah tanah berikut rumah yang besar, di daerah sumur bandung tempat kantor Encona beroperasi. Dari fee yang didapatkan sekarang dibandingkan biaya hidup yang ada, kompetisi yang ada, penghargaan yang ada harus membuat para arsitek menjadi perlu kreatif dalam mensiasati keadaan [2]. Keadaan yang dijelaskan professor Danisworo Hal ini berkebalikan  dengan keadaan arsitek – arsitek luar yang masuk ke Indonesia dengan menerapkan fee 10 % – 20 % lebih tinggi dari fee arsitek di negara asalnya, memang disinilah peran marketting, pembentukan branding dan pada akhirnya kualitas menjadi penting. Bahwa adanya kualitas pranata yang mendukung, yang belum membuat profesi arsitek ini tumbuh subur, dan makin kuat. Arsitek Indonesia perlu berjuang dalam keterbatasan.

[1]http://www.simpel.lpse.kemenkeu.go.id/uploadFile/media/51_billing_rate_inkindo_2015%20(1).pdf
[2] professor Danisworo, dalam lecture di Omah Library

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Apa Konsekuensi logis UU Arsitek ?

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honorarium fee arsitek berdasarkan IAI

Apa konsekuensi dari pengesahan undang – undang arsitek ? ada 3 ketakutan publik yang terutama bahwa, pertama fee arsitek menjadi meningkat, kedua, paradigma,arsitek menjadi mahal, ketiga, arsitek menjadi tidak sosialis. Fee adalah kesepakatan atas kepercayaan orang yang menyewa arsitek tersebut, dan kemauan sang arsitek untuk berapa ia layak untuk dibayar. Yang dibicarakan ini adalah soal standarisasi yang tercipta apabila ada undang – undang arsitek. Standarisasi ini sifatnya hanya batas bawah, dimana ada alokasi yang layak untuk seorang arsitek bekerja demi keamanan, kenyamanan, keindahan bangunan yang didesain dan akan ada proyek – proyek sosial untuk orang yang membutuhkan dari arsitek. Sebagai ilustrasi di IAI menerapkan batas berdasarkan nilai bangunan, dari 6.5 % – 8 % untuk bangunan kecil di bawah 200 juta, dimana misal rumah dengan nilai bangunan 200 jt, seorang arsitek layak untuk diberikan biaya jasa antara 13.5 juta – 16 juta. Ini sudah termasuk biaya untuk ide – ide, transportasi, dan biaya operasional lainnya. Nilai ini mengecil sampai 1% – 1.5 % ketika proyeknya membesar dan dibeda – bedakan per kesulitan bangunan dari rumah tinggal, bangunan komersial, sekolah, sampai rumah sakit. Nilai ini tidaklah besar, atau kecil sekali dari standar yang ada di Inggris dan Amerika , dimana terdapat standar umum dari 5%, 8 % ,12 % sampai 15 % dari nilai bangunan. Disinilah kesepakatan ini muncul, dan nilai yang diminta oleh IAI kecil sekali dibandingkan dengan contoh yang ada. Mahal itu relatif, namun disinilah pembanding perlu diadakan apabila kita ingin menjadi negara maju, pemikiran logis perlu ada, setidaknya berpikir lebih kritis, seberapa ketertinggalan kita dengan negara lain.

Soal arsitek menjadi tidak sosialis, adalah sebuah kesalahpahaman, ada 3 hal yang mendasari profesionalitas dan tanggung jawab, adanya produk yang dihasilkan, rentang waktu pengerjaan, dan kompesansi biaya yang disepakati. Menjadi seorang arsitek yang sosialis sudah dicanangkan IAI dengan program untuk mendekatkan diri ke masyarakat, ataupun beberapa arsitek sudah mencoba menjadi sosialis dengan caranya sendiri – sendiri. Ada yang menjadi penggiat arsitektur komunitas, ada yang kemudian berkarya dalam pengabdian seperti Y.B. Mangunwijaya. Bahwa memikirkan untuk bangunan yang akan berfungsi dengan baik sudah sangat kompleks, dan untuk menjadi seseoarang yang sosialis adalah panggilan jiwa setiap orang dan merupakan keputusan tiap – tiap orang.

 

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Merindukan Titik Awal untuk Bisa Diakui.

Front row, from left to right: Frank Gehry, Charles Moore, Philip Johnson, Stanley Tigerman, and Robert A.M. Stern. Back row, from left to right: Michael Graves, Cesar Pelli, Charles Gwathmey, and Peter Eisenman. Philip Johnson’s AIA Gold Medal acceptance, pictured with his “kids,” Dallas, Texas, 1978. Image © Courtesy Tigerman McCurry Architects (http://www.archdaily.com/780433/interview-with-stanley-tigerman-in-chicago-id-much-rather-have-better-work-than-better-friends)
Camariderie among architects or it’s like motor gang of architects who share and discuss from time to time. Front row, from left to right: Frank Gehry, Charles Moore, Philip Johnson, Stanley Tigerman, and Robert A.M. Stern. Back row, from left to right: Michael Graves, Cesar Pelli, Charles Gwathmey, and Peter Eisenman. Philip Johnson’s AIA Gold Medal acceptance, pictured with his “kids,” Dallas, Texas, 1978. Image © Courtesy Tigerman McCurry Architects (http://www.archdaily.com/780433/interview-with-stanley-tigerman-in-chicago-id-much-rather-have-better-work-than-better-friends)

Kita melihat, mendengarkan, membaca paragraf – paragraf seperti
“Arsitektur adalah sebuah gaya hidup,”
“Arsitektur adalah sebuah ilmu yang tertinggi dalam kebudayaan dalam membentuk manusia,”
“Kematian arsitektur Indonesia”
“Kehilangan identitas dalam arsitektur Indonesia”
“MEA akan tiba, jadi bersiap – siaplah arsitek Indonesia”
“Kearifan lokal dalam arsitektur Indonesia, pentingnya lokalitas ?”

Paragraf – paragraf tersebut kita sering dengarkan di media – media TV, online, ataupun perbincangan sehari – hari di masyarakat, juga lebih – lebih lagi di kalangan para arsitek, para lulusan pendidikan arsitektur, para mahasiswa arsitektur, dan juga di kalangan para akademisi. Arsitek sebagai salah satu profesi diikat oleh adanya hubungan jasa, hubungan timbal balik, hubungan mutualisme dalam hidup bermasyarakat. Apresiasi terhadap para arsitek pun ada bermacam – macam, ada yang dihargai sebagai seorang juru gambar saja, seorang yang memiliki kemampuan untuk membuat cantik satu bangunan. Adajuga yang diapresiasi lebih oleh publik dimana terdapat pengakuan sebagai seorang yang mampu membawa perubahan dengan ketajaman pemikiran, kemampuan analitis. Hal ini terbukti dari banyaknya lulusan pendidikan arsitektur sebagai seorang walikota dengan contoh : Enrique Peñalosa Londoño, seorang walikota Bogota Columbia, Tri Rismaharini, Ridwan Kamil, seorang politisi, ataupun penggerak sosial, ataupun lebih – lebih lagi sebagai seorang guru kehidupan seperti Laurie Baker di India, ataupun Y.B. Mangunwijaya dalam karya – karyanya semasa ia hidup.

Petirahan Sendangsono designed by Y.B. Mangunwijaya
Petirahan Sendangsono designed by Y.B. Mangunwijaya

CDS - Karya Laurie Baker
CDS – Karya Laurie Baker

Kesalahpahaman terhadap profesi arsitek di internal arsitek dan di masyarakat banyak sekali terjadi sebagai akibat dari tuntutan ekonomi. Tuntutan ini menghimpit lulusan calon – calon arsitek yang sedang magang untuk mendapatkan sertifikasi menjadi arsitek. Hal ini ditambah dengan tingginya kompetisi dalam mencari pekerjaan. Permasalahan ekonomi ini menjadi kompleks ditambah kesalahpahaman masyarakat juga terkadang internal arsitek sendiri bahwa asisten arsitek disamakan dengan arsitek, sebagai perbandingan, bahwa sesekali seorang lulus dari pendidikat arsitektur, ia tidaklah otomatis menjadi seorang arsitek, namun ia adalah sarjana arsitektur lulusan pendidikan arsitektur. ekstrimnya seperti perbandingan seorang sopir angkot dan pembalap. Bahwa untuk diperbolehkan menyetir keduanya wajib hukumnya memiliki Surat Ijin Mengemudi bukan memperbandingkan mengenai siapa yang lebih hebat menyetir. Kesalahpahaman ini muncul dimana – mana, di dalam keluarga, pertemanan sehari – hari, juga relasi antar klien arsitek.

Hal ini berkebalikan di negara – negara persemakmuran, Amerika, dan negara – negara lainnya bahwa tidak semua orang bisa memanggil dirinya arsitek. Di negara kuda besi, Inggris, untuk menjadi seorang arsitek dibutuhkan waktu 5 tahun untuk belajar dan 2 tahun pengalaman kerja dimana calon arsitek harus magang sebagai seorang asisten arsitek. asosiasi arsitek di inggris RIBA(Royal Institute of British Architect) sendiri memvalidasi, sekolah mana saja yang bisa melakukan pendidikan keprofesian [1]. Hal ini berlaku di negara – negara persemakmuran, termasuk mengatur seberapa jauh arsitek asing boleh berpraktek di negaranya, seperti mengatur saham yang dimiliki di dalam perusahaan tidak lebih dari satu pertiga dari keseluruhan saham yang ada, dan wajib untuk memiliki arsitek lokal yang memiliki ijin, sertifikasi sebagai seorang arsitek. [2] Hukum menjadi faktor yang bersifat logis meskipun tidak kualitatif dimana, carut – marut ini salah satunya adalah keterlambatan pengesahan undang – undang arsitek, Undang – undang arsitek wajib hukumnya bagi masyarakat modern yang memiliki kesepahaman dalam definisi arsitek, tata laku arsitek, bagaimana arsitek seharusnya bertanggung jawab terhadap puluhan, ratusan, bahkan ratusan ribu bangunan yang didesain yang memiliki akibat terhadap begitu banyak orang yang menghuninya, sehingga profesionalitas, dan tanggung jawab itu bisa terjadi secara hukum, hitam dan putih.

Bibliography
[1]https://www.architecture.com/RIBA/Becomeanarchitect/Becominganarchitect.aspx
[2] http://www.boa.gov.sg/faq.html

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Atika Almira – Pelita Gunadharma di titik 2016

“We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has only happened once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I’ll never forget a single moment of it.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Lady mantan sekertaris jendral IMA G berkata sambil setengah bercanda, “Rich mimpi lo sudah tercapai, mezanine Ruang Gunadharma, sudah selesai dibuat sama anak – anak. ” pada waktu itu adalah pelantikan anggota madya, kelulusan sebagai anggota IMA G di tahun 2005 kira – kira sebelas tahun yang lalu . Terus terang sudah beberapa tahun ini, diri ini sibuk di ibu kota Jakarta, dan jarang bersentuhan dengan dunia kemahasiswaan. Tuntutan hidup di Jakarta yang mengukung dari hari Senin dan Jumat, briefing demi briefing, coretan demi coretan mewarnai keseharian. Di hari sabtu dan minggu, omah library juga beraktifitas untuk membuat orang di dalamnya belajar dan belajar menjadi arsitek yang lebih baik lagi.

Kira – kira 15 tahun yang lalu, sekre himpunan terkenal jorok dan bau, sampah plastik, rokok, dan sepeda yang dititipkan tanpa ada yang mengatur. Ruang Himpunan lebih mirip gudang daripada tempat untuk beraktifitas, ruangan ini terletak di dekat pintu keluar, di depan pos satpam dengan tidak memiliki pandangan, cahaya masuk bisa melalui bouvenlie, jendela tinggi, memang beraktifitas di dalam ruang himpunan ini seperti beraktifitas di dalam gudang. Ditambah dengan kotornya ruangan, minimnya program, dan rendahnya kekerabatan, keadaan ini memicu sulitnya mencari orang untuk beraktifitas, dan menjadi individualistis.

Keadaan kemudian berubah begitu banyaknya orang – orang yang aktif, positif, dan diterima di dalam himpunan sehingga pola pikir dari senioritas yang kental berubah menjadi kekerabatan, kekeluargaan dimanayang perantau, memiliki tempat, keluarga baru untuk mendapatkan memori yang manis.

Diri ini ingat bagaimana, menyayangi sekali adik – adik yang baru saja kenal, didalam ikatan kemahasiswaan, di dalam satu janji yang dilontarkan oleh satu junior saya namanya Reza Prima. ia berkata “apabila hanya satu orang yang tinggal, maka hanya aku orangnya, …. karena perubahan akan terjadi apabila kata – kata menjadi nyata.“ Air mata kami semua deras mengucur melihat kesungguhan hatinya ditengah udara dingin yang menusuk dan fisik yang ambruk akibat sudah beberapa hari ini tidak memiliki istirahat yang cukup. Cinta untuk beraktivitas  menjadi hal yang penting, tanpa adanya cinta, kehidupan kemahasiswaan menjadi hambar dan individualistis.

Baru saja sebulan yang lalu, diri ini pulang dari kampus Gajah. Terus terang, diri ini tidak merasakan kehangatan di suasana kampus. Kampus Gajah yang dulunya begitu hangat, kini nampak dingin, mungkin memorinya perlahan – lahan hilang, digantikan oleh memori – memori baru. Generasi sudah berubah.Hal ini dilihat dari banyaknya program – program jurusan yang ditampilkan group kemahasiswaan IMA G, dimana yang dibicarakan kebanyakan adalah soal administrasi perkuliahan, diri ini bertanya – tanya, apakah ini grup jurusan untuk menyebarkan informasi ataukah ini adalah grup kemahasiswaan tempat bersilahturahmi, bertukar gagasan, sharing dari adik – adik ke kakak – kakak dan sebaliknya, sebuah tempat untuk merayakan kegagalan, sebuah tempat untuk membuat memori baru, tanpa mengindahkan menjadi terkenal, menjadi sukses,yang dipikirkan hanyalah untuk kebersamaan. Setidaknya kemarin hanya dua tempat yang menawarkan kehangatan dan memori yang sama, kedai bang edi, dan perpustakaan ITB, tempat dimana terdapat bahan – bahan ilmu mengenai arsitektur tradisional, kuliah lapangan, dan buku – buku teori.

Diri ini teringat kira – kira 2 tahun yang lalu, kedatangan satu rombongan dari Bandung, dipimpin oleh satu orang wanita, sang ketua suku namanya Atika Almira. Ia seperti ibu bagi teman – temannya, mengayomi, duduk di tengah – tengah teman – temannya. Dari teman – temannya diri baru tahu ia adalah  seorang ketua himpunan. baru saja di minggu lalu ia baru saja menyelesaikan kuliahnya dan menunda kelulusannya. Atika menulis di dalam ceritanya :

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Diri ini lega, dan bahagia, ternyata tali silahturahmi masih terjaga di kemahasiswaan arsitektur ITB.

Dear Atika,  diri ini, merasakan kembali memori yang lama kembali muncul. Dari situlah adanya kehangatan di antara memori – memori itu meskipun kita tidak bertemu.
Kenaifan bahwa, kita semua bisa untuk berbuat lebih baik lagi untuk sesuatu yang tanpa pamrih,
kenaifan bahwa adanya perjuangan dimana sepertinya dunia memalingkan mukanya,
kenaifan bahwa memori akan kebersamaan itu sebegitu pentingnya untuk diingat dan dirayakan.

Dirimu sudah menjadi pelita Gunadharma bagi pelita – pelita lain yang sudah dan akan muncul !

vivat – vivat G IMA G tetap jaya.

Suasana Aula Barat desain dari Henri Maclaine Pont
Suasana Aula Barat desain dari Henri Maclaine Pont

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Dad Loves

161023 “Bagi seorang anak kecil, Ibu adalah cinta pertamanya, dan Ayah adalah pahlawannya.” Laurensia.

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Pekerjaan Menggali tanah setinggi 5 m dibawah permukaan 0.00

“Yang, itu kata daddy basement bawah jangan dibuat, berbahaya nanti airnya bagaimana ?” pada waktu itu, Laurensia sedang bercerita ketika baru pulang dari rumah permata buana, kami biasa makan malam bersama setelah ia selesai praktek dan menjemput miracle di rumah opa, omanya. Diri ini menjawab “tenang saja, semua sudah direncanakan, soal air tinggal kita waterproofing dan pengecekan akan pengecoran.” Ayah saya sedang berusaha mengingatkan dengan caranya tersendiri, menyelidik dahulu, memberikan premise, tantangan, kemudian penyelesaian. Satu pagi ia bercerita mengenai gaya tekan air yang membuat beton kolam yang sedang dicornya di madura patah dan meledak, karena permukaan air yang dangkal. Singkatnya berat kolam renang lebih ringan daripada gaya tekan air, dirinya pun bertanya “apakah ini sudah diperhitungkan ?” Beberapa hari setelahnya, pada waktu kami berkunjung ke rumah permata, ia pun mengingatkan, “jangan lupa saluran listriknya outbow untuk di bawah tanah.”

Situasi seperti itu seringkali terjadi, dan hal – hal yang ditanyakan adalah hal yang mendasar, keamanan, kenyamanan tanpa perlu menjadi seorang avant garde. Avant-garde (pengucapan bahasa Perancis: [avɑ̃ɡaʁd]) berarti “advance guard” atau “vanguard”.[1] Bentuk kata sifat digunakan dalam bahasa Inggris untuk merujuk kepada orang atau karya yang eksperimental atau inovatif, , perlawanan terhadap batas – batas apa yang diterima sebagai norma dalam suatu kebudayaan. Bahasa Ayah saya ini adalah bahasa yang fundamental. Darinya saya belajar untuk menahan diri, memperkuat lagi pondasi, dasar pemahaman untuk menghindari akrobatik perubahan, yang hanya untuk menjadi sekedar berbeda.

 

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Dad with Our dog, Brando

 

Ia juga yang sedemikian khawatir ketika diri ini memutuskan untuk pulang ke Indonesia, dimana hal tersebut menjadi kebanggaannya, sedih, pada waktu prinsip kita menjadi tidak sama. Senyumnya kembali timbul ketika pengakuan muncul dari karya – karya yang mulai terbangun yang berarti menandakan diri ini bisa bertahan hidup di kota Jakarta, ia terus menanyakan mengenai keuangan, apakah cukup untuk membayar gaji, cukup untuk hidup, cukup untuk menabung. Ia juga yang memberikan semangat, ketika satu exhaust fan merk Miele penyok titik karena pekerjaan kontraktor kitchen set satu vendor ternama, yang sebegitu saja luput sekejap . Ayah juga yang memberikan semangat untuk terus bertanggung jawab, bahwa tidak ada artinya apabila kamu untung tapi nama baik hilang, tidak apa – apa, nanti akan ada gantinya yang lebih baik lagi. Dari situlah diri ini belajar untuk bisa menarik garis positif di tengah turbulensi.

Ia juga yang memberikan pemahaman bahwa beton memiliki kelemahan akan retakan, dan potensi terhadap retakan waterproofing, oleh karena itu lapisan batu sangat penting untuk menjaga retakan tidak terjadi. Sebelumnya diri ini melihat lapisan batu dari aspek estetis untuk menghaluskan, dari ayah saya ia memberikan sudut pandang baru dan beberapa vendor waterproofing kemudian memberikan saran – saran mereka hanya untuk melihat satu material, yaitu beton. Tidak terhitung banyaknya dari beberapa material beton, kayu, besi, alumunium, plastik, bambu yang sedang dielobarasi, kita diskusikan, kita tarik benang merahnya, untuk kemudian dibangun di tempat.

Sedemikiannya ia tersenyum ketika diri ini menceritakan atap yang dipelintir di satu project di Telok Naga, memberikan kesan dinamis, naik dan turun, dan menunjukkan foto – foto padanya. Ia pun diam, tidak berkomentar apa – apa. Beberapa hari setelahnya diri ini kembali ngobrol dan bercerita mengenai kesulitan dalam fabrikasi atap yang tidak memeiliki sudut yang sama tersebut, memutar, terpelintir sedikit – sedikit dalam segmen yang menghubungkan titik – titik pertemuan rangka. Ayah pun bercerita mengenai bagaimana Wiratman membuat konstruksi atap bangunan istiqlal, mesjid yang didesain oleh Frederich Silaban, Atap itu didesain dengan pendekatan empiris dimulai dengan membuat maket, dan melakukan ujicoba, pra kiraan tanpa perhitungan yang solid karena konstruksi yang memiliki bentang lebar dan memiliki tingkat kesulitan yang tinggi. Ia pun menyarankan, “coba kamu buat maketnya”.

atap sekolah alfa omega di Telok Naga, model pertama menggunakan struktur bambu. Model kedua menggunakan struktur besi. Kedua model tersebut menggunakan curva parabloid untuk konstruksi bubungan atap.
atap sekolah alfa omega di Telok Naga, model pertama menggunakan struktur bambu. Model kedua menggunakan struktur besi. Kedua model tersebut menggunakan curva parabloid untuk konstruksi bubungan atap.

 

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Prototype ke 2

Dari beberapa cerita demi cerita, dedemikiannya diri ini ingin membahagiakannya, membuatnya bangga, biasanya ia hanya diam. Dari Laurensialah diri ini bisa tau, mengenai komentarnya, ayah tidak pernah berbicara langsung, mungkin ia hanya ingin melihat kami anak – anak nya tidak sombong akan pencapaian dan terus berkarya. Dr. Aris satu dokter yang setiap minggunya datang ke rumah kami, dan rumah ayah saya untuk melakukan terapi ke keluarga kita, berbicara, “Ayah sering bertanya mengenai bagaimana Real kabarnya, apa masih sering terapi ? ” ia pun menjawab “ngga pernah, sibuk itu” kita yang membahasnya pun tertawa, dalam hati kecil saya, diri ini kembali diingatkan hal yang terpenting, kesehatan, waktu untuk beristirahat dimana kesibukan semakin padat dan Ayah sepertinya tidak pernah kehilangan itu. Sesambil berkerut Dr. Aris berujar setelah memeriksa diri ini “waduh gawat ini Real”. Dalam hati saya deg – deg an, sesambil iseng menimpali “kita perlu liburan dok.” kita kemudian tertawa.

 

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The process of craftsmanship – learning from Kengo Kuma

161016  Jakarta,”Totality of architectural design includes textures, the soft and hardness of the material, the smell of the material, and the acoustic effect of the material.” Kengo Kuma

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Kengo Kuma di dermaga cultural village

Di satu pagi Albert salah satu klien yang sudah saya anggap seperti adik sendiri, mengingatkan, “ko jangan lupa untuk meeting tanggal 9 Oktober ya, Kengo Kuma akan datang ke Belitung, nanti kita diskusi. apa koko bisa ?” Kira – kira 4 bulan yang lalu, Albert memiliki ide untuk mengunjungi Kengo Kuma ke Jepang, Kengo Kuma pun tertarik dengan proyek yang sedang kita kerjakan. Dalam hati, diri ini bertanya – tanya, apakah ini mungkin, untuk bekerja bersama di proyek untuk daerah yang terpencil ? Saat itu beberapa kali diskusi di lakukan. Saya ingat ketika ada di Bandung, di satu pojok perpustakaan ITB, ketika sedang mencari buku mengenai christopher alexander, video conference dilakukan. Albert pada saat itu ada di Jepang. “Ko mau ko, Kengo Kumanya.” Dalam hati diri ini melonjak kegirangan, perbincangan dengan beberapa arsitek Jepang lain pun juga dilakukan untuk mencari – cari kemungkinan kolaborasi, meeting pagi – pagi dilakukan karena jadwal arsitek – arsitek ini yang padat. Hanya Kengo Kuma yang bertahan untuk mau terlibat di proyek ini.

Proyek di Belitung memiliki kenangan tersendiri, disinilah kami biasa meluangkan waktu bersama – sama, saya, Laurensia, beserta albert dan keluarganya, pak Agus dan tante Siannie sejak sekitar 5 tahun yang lalu, cerita dimana tidur tanpa penerangan, sepi, nyamuk, dan tanpa akses menjadi makanan sehari – hari. Cerita pun berlanjut, suka dan duka yang dialami mereka dalam menjalankan proyeknya pun sudah disaksikan sampai akhirnya area resort dibuka dan datanglah orang – orang yang mau menginap. Memang tidak mudah memulainya, menjadi yang pertama, sang pionir dimana yang lain seperti ragu – ragu dalam menembus belantara yang liar tanpa infrastruktur yang memadai.

Pagi – pagi di jam 4 pagi, telepon rumah berdering pak Misnu sudah membangunkan, mengingatkan bahwa satu jam lagi harus berangkat.  Baru saja dua hari yang lalu, perjalanan dilakukan ke Bali, pulau dewata untuk memeriksa pekerjaan. Keadaan sekarang tidaklah sama dengan beberapa tahun yang lalu, sekarang sudah ada miracle, senyumnya,tawanya,kelucuannya ataupun tangisnya mewarnai kehidupan kami sehari – hari.

Jakarta di pagi hari, memberikan kehidupannya yang lain, kelembutan dibalik carut – marut pembangunan dan perencanaan infrastruktur kotanya, sebuah kota yang banal atau kasar atau tidak cantik, dipagi – pagi yang cerah, satu pegawai lontong sayur langsung menghampiri di lounge bandara, satu ya mas sama teh manis, sepertinya ia sudah hapal, kami setidaknya bertemu satu kali seminggu.

Kaki ini dilangkahkan di koridor pesawat, kebetulan tempat terdepan diperoleh, disitulah perjumpaan dengan Kengo Kuma. Ia sudah berumur 62 tahun, duduk di pesawat sendirian. “Anda sendirian Kuma san ?” “Staff saya sudah ada di Belitung” katanya singkat sambil ia tersenyum. Ia tertidur sepanjang perjalanan,kemudian ia bercerita ia baru saja pergi ke Ceko untuk membuka pameran Kengo Kuma: Woven di Jaroslav Fragner Gallery di Praha, lengkung matanya dalam, menunjukkan kurangnya ia tidur dan istirahat, nomaden. Ia kemudian menjelaskan orang Jepang banyak sekali belajar dari kebudayaan barat, ia terinspirasi dari karya Yoyogi Stadium, karya Kenzo Tange, dan sekarang banyak orang terinspirasi dengan arsitektur Jepang,  semua saling mempengaruhi.

Memang struktur gedung stadium Yoyogi yang didesain Kenzo Tange begitu indah dengan kabel – kabel tarik dan lembaran metal yang diletakkan diatasnya menyerupai sirip – sirip ataupun daun, mengingatkan pada karya gereja pohsarang dengan struktur genteng yang ditumpukkan di reng batang tarik menyerupai struktur tenda, begitulah maclaine pont mendesain dengan keterbatasan material dan keterbatasan pengetahuan sumber daya manusia.

 

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Jenis batuan granit berdasarkan kekerasannya.

“Kuma San, who is inspiring your work, your design approach.” Saya bertanya. ia melanjutkan “arsitek favorit saya adalah karya arsitek Antonin Raymond, arsitek dari Ceko, dahulu pernah magang ketika wright mendesain dan mesupervisi desain Meiji Mura dan School of Holy Spirit. Antonin memulai penggunaan beton cetak jauh sebelum arsitek jepang mengelaborasi struktur beton dalam karya – karyanya. Salah satu Muridnya adalah Kunio Maekawa yang merupakan guru dari Kenzo Tange.” Kengo Kuma memiliki satu garis yang berbeda dengan beberapa arsitek yang sedang diangkat di pameran moma, sebuah galeri kelas dunia dimana bangunannya didesain oleh Yoshio Taniguchi berjudul Japanese Constelattion yang dikuratori oleh Pedro Gadanho dan Phoebe Springstubb dimana mengangkat Toyo Ito, SANAA, dan generasi setelahnya yang memberikan pemahaman rasionalis yang kental, membuat sesuatu yang baru, arsitektur menjadi semakin abstrak, semakin ringan, semakin sederhana, semakin murni, semakin alami. Pikiran ini melayang satu saat di Meiji Mura, pada saat summer workshop di nagoya. Meiji Mura didesain dengan detail pola geometris dengan perulangan pola dalam pengolahan 5 jenis material yang berbeda, kombinasi tembaga, bata, beton, besi, dan kayu. Pendekatan romantis terlihat nyata dengan percampuran bata yang melakukan ciri khas Wright.

 

Siangnya kami berkunjung ke satu rumah di perkampungan tradisional membalong selatan, membahas mengenai organisasi layout, budaya orang tinggal di desa, juga material – material pembentuk arsitekturnya. Pertanyaan yang dilontarkan dalam diskusi oleh Kengo Kuma dan timnya adalah bagaimana satu bangunan ini ditinggali. Intinya adalah mengumpulkan artefak dalam proses perencanaan dan tenggelam didalamnya, ia percaya bahwa proses yang sudah terajut, yang baik perlu dipertahankan, sebuah pendekatan empiris dalam berkarya. Proses desain yang maju mundur, menimbang – nimbang apa yang baik dan tidak ini yang membedakan konstelasi empiris dengan arsitek rasionalis diatas. Ada setidaknya 10 buah spesimen kayu dengan beberapa karakter lokalnya yang kita diskusikan, beberapa teknik membuat urat kayu, dan berdiskusi tentang bata tumpuk, material pembentuknya dan bagaimana pengaruh air di kulit bangunan.

Proses ini tumpang tindih, saling bertumpuk, untuk dibuat sintesa desainnya, hal ini memiliki lapisan – lapisan yang tidak mudah untuk diurai, tentunya tidak semudah mengurai diagram Bjarke Ingels, ataupun diagram Junya Ishingami yang singular, homogen, total dalam mendesain. Sebagai seorang manusia, Kengo Kuma bernafas, mendengarkan, merasakan, setidaknya dengan cara itulah ia berkarya dimana baru hanya kulitnya pasti yang diri ini temui, dan saya yakin dalamnya akan lebih indah dari lubang – lubang kecilnya yang mulai dibuka.

“Ko, kita pasti bisa ko.” Albert berulang – ulang berkata, diri ini tersenyum, dan bersyukur, dengan begitu giatnya dia, semesta akan tersenyum, dan Kengo Kuma mungkin saja tersenyum akan kegigihannya, dan kita akan bertemu di ujung jalan yang penuh kenangan.

 

foto bersama di depan rumah tradisional penduduk
foto bersama di depan rumah tradisional penduduk

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My Little Brother is getting married

Mondrich, my little brother is getting married with Jessica, I hope the best for them.

I heard this song written by Putut Pudyantoro in their wedding titled Kasih (love) the song is beautiful and as a reflection that our life is filled with love.

“Andaikan aku fasih berbicara,
Namun tak punya cinta kasih,
Ku bagai gong yang bergaung.

Andai imanku mampu pindahkan gunung,
Namun tak punya cinta kasih,
Ku tiada berguna.

Kasih itu sabar, murah hati,
Percaya, tak angkuh dan tak dengki.
Kasih itu tak memegahkan diri,
Kasih itu kekal serta abadi.

Andaikan aku mendermakan hartaku,
Namun tak punya cinta kasih,
Tiada berartilah aku.

Kasih itu sabar, murah hati,
Percaya, tak angkuh dan tak dengki.
Kasih itu tak memegahkan diri,
Kasih itu kekal serta abadi.”

Rio has married with Mega now, I do hope the best for them as well. :)

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Letting Go

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Walk with Miracle

I walked quietly in the courtyard of the guild. It was a rainy day, my mind was thinking hard, deciding things was not easy. My body was uncompromised with my thinking at that time because I was really tired, confused, and not thinking clear the situation around me made this mind wondering about what do I want for people, what is the priority about work, life and love. This situation is happening in one project in one sports complex in Jakarta. There are 5 conditions happening that made me leave the project after we finished the design.

So there was a story when I was in the meeting with several architects and operator of the complex, which means discussing the project with deep thoughts and transparency because it is a public project. I asked the professionalism of being an architect to the parties because the first, of course that we need brief, and we need the standard operation of procedure of the sports complex. There is not any of that kind of thing, the brief was poorly prepared by verbal and the design was in the need to finish in several days, it’s like doing sprint, and I was ready with my team to answer the brief. I thought that it was normal for doing something like there is no schedule and there is no initial budget in a public project, the project was started in the beginning of March as far I can recall my memory. Each week became very disorganised, there was no proper brief, the discussion about the budget was not with chemistry. The intent of the project was very heroic in a way that there is no initial budget, and there is no schedule, that is the first and that is the second, and I still think, it is okay, I did it because of the dedication for this architect profession. That is the first and the second.

I was thinking and asking about the responsibility becoming the architect, that in the public project, the selection need to be fair, and judged by the jury, or at least I hope being selected meaning by capability not by because I know some people in the league. I hope that there was a letter, or public announcement, because by having that, people can start an open judgement, I still think it is okay, I did it because the dedication for this profession. That is the third. Then, The project was exercised in two and half months already and using our resources, I was exhausted and my team was exhausted, we didn’t have the resource anymore to work on that project which has cost us 100 million in pay bill and thousands of working time in the team. The three conditions still happened, no budget, no fixed schedule, no public announcement. I was thinking how can I pay the bill, so I need to find projects, calling for friends who can give us work. They were glad to support us, and we can run our projects.

Then, I was called in one afternoon that tomorrow we have to attend a meeting, and there is only very short day to review the documents, the budget prepared by others. The drawing needs to be prepared consists of structure, mechanical, and architecture in the level of working drawing with no budget, and we need to review and prepare. At the end, I as the architect need to sign to that documents. There is small response among the team member of architects, it’s been said that we don’t complain, we just do the work, and everything needs to be done. I was thinking if we were given only 1 – 2 days to review the document, and the situation always happening like this, is it the right way to do the job  ? Can I be responsible for this document ? Have we completely checked it ? or Am I in the middle of the politic’s ripple ?

I remember one discussion with David, he said “You need to drop that project Realrich”, my friend, David talked to me in one evening in WhatsApp. “There is no need to sacrifice for you office and your family, this is not your battle, this is the battle of more senior architect who has established, but you are such elves kind like what Ary said” he mocked me. I also remember watching a video prepared by Anis in Omah in Glenn Murcutt’s interview at the end of the interview,

he said: “If you feel it’s not right, and don’t do it.” That is the fourth, there is a huge risk for sacrificing family and my dear firm looking at previous sports complex which came to hand of government corruption watch.

The fifth is about chemistry, there are well said words that we can be the success because of people around us. If there is no budget, no schedule, no honour, huge risk, and it still can be ok, if there is good chemistry, being backed up by good people, good clients, and full of positive energy, far from the blame game.

I discussed with the associates, and they told me that they weren’t happy we were experiencing this project, I tried to explain that It was my first time handling this kinda project, and I was so sorry for experiencing this, and trying to have a better condition in the office. I was so deeply sorry and was so sad because I didn’t like to disappoint them. I thought they need time, and I need time to recover. I talked to the designers, and seems they were okay with it, even though I knew that they were disappointed as well. It’s never been easy. After that, I told Septrio one of my left wing, my intention, he said something that made realise the priority. “Big brother, there are many people here to be taken care other than working on that project”

So finally my walk in the guild was over, In the name of my professionalism, I have done my best and finished the design, and I quit that project because the priority, Laurensia, Miracle, and my dear office, the advisors, the associates, designers, the supervisors, the builders, the librarians I love them, and I care about them. at that time it was 2 am in the middle of the night, Laurensia woke up, and I told her that I dropped the project, she said: “I am happy.” I felt blessed to be surrounded by them, As what the priority was experienced, the true value of professionalism experienced, what can I expect more ! I have learnt so much in this process. God Bless you all.

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Struggles of our Life – Parent- Son – Daughter

 

Micracle is 7 months old now
Micracle is 7 months old now

This is the song for  boy and daugher who is innocent and creating lullaby of beautiful life.

There was a story …

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.

Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.
Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.
“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 8.50.44 PM

the story was taken from http://www.moralstories.org/struggles-of-our-life/

 

 

 

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Taking challenges

160501 “After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer. ” William R. Alger

Last few months, we worked on one prestigious project, that made me mulled. It’s a project which consists of several international consultants, builders, and owner. It has high standard of the way building operates. High standard means a condensed manual consists of hundreds pages for architect to read before working on this project and intense interaction among each parties. There is also high level of technical issues because of project’s nature.

The contractor has been asking clarifications until, for us, it’s not necessary to ask every little step to architect because every information is in the construction drawing. at that time I tried to delegate the job to my fellow staffs, partners because of the circumstances that i had to travel to outside Jakarta. The coordination among consultants, builders, and owner went so bad, so the project did not run very well, there were lacking of coordinations, the team had very low chemistry and it seems that project manager was confused about what’s going on. The blaming game began. I felt it’s unnecessary, and thought that we would drop this project to save our position while our position was still safe.

My mind was wondering about path of life, the raindrops, the fear of becoming someone to be blamed, and the risk of being the care taker. I had to slept in the morning and had difficulty to sleep for several days, Miracle cried in the night time, Laurensia said, “miracle can feel, that his father is in trouble, and has many problem in his mind.”. But, I tried to ask myself, for this project which keep bothered my mind, do I want to quit ? do we want to stop ? off course, there will be comfort zone, but come on, the problem just arise, and suddenly you want to stop. Things became very difficult, because of blaming game began, everybody has fear to action, to take lead, if you take the lead,if something goes wrong, you will be blamed. I was in the fear, I tried to ask my fellow friends, nobody there,

then,

I always remember what Laurensia said to me, when i was down, “Honey, if you want to get stronger, you have to face it, I know you can do it. ” ” I know it is very difficult to face it, meaning that you  have to take a risk, but isn’t it same that the time that you came to Indonesia , back from London, or Sydney , or the moment you lost your firm, you finally re run it again. ” We have faced this kinda thing.

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Then, after that , I decided, and  woke up in the morning, 3 am, read the manual, and reviewing the documents, and start calling clients, consultants, and start to clarify the miscommunication and helping other people in the big team which consists of like 7 parties. Several days were spent in the coordination and clarifications, it surprisingly followed with such a welcoming response from consultants, owners, operators, and the tension was dropped, we started to solve problem and acting like dream team. What I learnt from this process, is simple act, helping others while taking risk to be blamed is giving us, at least for me, happiness, and I feel so grateful because of taking this project, and having this great challenge.

The second story,  I had to move to our new home. Our house, named The guild. The guild was still on construction, and we had to move before the house is ready, the boxes were everywhere in the house. Laurensia was stressed in several days, and for our miracle, the dust was much everywhere in the guild , and the bedroom was quite dirty. If Laurensia, Miracle, and me need to move, the office which is located in the garage will also need to be moved, because my work nature which is always overtime in the daily week. We had spent several days for packing and moving our stuffs and whole office, the designers, technicals, admin, whole office family helped much in moving all of the thing and made the guild ready as much as they can.

The garage office interior was moved,
The garage office interior was moved,

The office family is helping the moving
The office family is helping the moving

We finally moved at one bright Sunday evening, in an unready condition, imperfect, or ongoing in construction. We felt blessed, suddenly the situation changed, suddenly we were so happy. We just realised that we were in our new home,

how we should grateful for all of the process.

… I love you Laurensia and Miracle, thank you for all of the office family who helped the moving process, welcome to our home, have a great day for all of you, bless you all. :) look at them they are so happy, and miracle so cute, hopefully he can walk in next few months, so he can explore, new world, new imagination in his life.

Laurensia and Miracle in the guild
Laurensia and Miracle in the guild

 

 

 

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Home Sweet Home

20160306 at Home Sweet Home  “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. “William Arthur Ward

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design has been changing from time to time in every week, there has been iterations.

 

I am really thankful for all of the situation which is happening around me and family, and beautiful people that I met every day.

In these few months, the economy is quite challenging. I am focussing in small bits design part, and keeping myself busy with upcoming design commission, and ongoing construction. I really want to go to travel to somewhere beautiful, but Miracle is still  4 months old. If we take the trip, he can’t go with us, doctor recommended that his age needs to be 6 months to be safe on the plane. Anyway,  what’s happening in these months? Saturday and Sunday are days for Miracle and Laurensia, while sometimes the time is for studio and omah . In these 4 months, Ordinary things happening every day, I love ordinary, three things which are : first old friend, second about Future life, and the third Ordinary design check up.

First, Old friend, first client, Charles asked me to do renovation for bare minimalist few months ago, it’s about the renovation, refining the crown for ME and redoing bare concrete finishes. We did some renovation for his project, I did small bit design for him, landscape, steel perforated plate detail to allow air coming to the ME space. Meanwhile, Song Chin, the editor from Malaysia asked bare minimalist to be published in his magazine, a couple of interviews, the magazine will be out next months, looking forward to reading it and get feedback from it.

here is new picture of Bare Minimalist, owned by Charles Wiriawan. With new detail joint of polycarbonate using Alumunium to avoid dust and leaking, the roof top of perforated plate detail.
here is new pictures of Bare Minimalist, owned by Charles Wiriawan. With new detail joint of polycarbonate using Aluminium to avoid dust and leaking, the rooftop of perforated plate detail.

new lighting spot installment to support activity.
new lighting spot installment to support activity.

House of  Frans Wirawan, is going to be published soon in local publication endorsed by Karlina from Laras, she and may my client seems to be happy, I’m happy for him. A publication, for me, is just a moment for reflection in our work, the writer justified all of the facts, and created such a story in appreciating architecture. From that point, several perspective might happened, I hope for critics for my work, as what as discussion with fellow architect friends  from time to time, that the evaluation attitude is needed to improve ourself to be better architect.

Second, Sometimes, some blessings happening in ordinary time because of many people helped us, supported us. We have to keep supporting people around us, such as Albert came to me about creating community village in Belitung, how he was so excited to build the village in Membalong area, South of Belitung. He and his dad Pak Agus, wanted to do good, of course, there will be a business premise, but the spirit is good. what we did in the program is to inject artist to the village, by creating, designing, and combining local and designer. hopefully,  this will make the village come to live. We have done the project, nicely, Albert is going to Singapore to bring in their new concept in joint collaboration with IMABARI, hope his project will be built soon. I can understand some of the commercial projects need gimmick marketing, the challenge is always, make the realization. In order to realize the project, the challenge and pressure will be there, the reaction to it, and the positivism will be very important.

Third, Just 2 weeks ago, We were selected by Indonesian Institute of Architect (IAI)  to do the design of Archery area, Football area, and Hockey area in Gelora Bung Karno. The dateline is strict and short. From what I see in the gap, that Architecture programming will be very important, it shows certain standard, budgeting, the flow of people,goods, executive, degree of privacy. At the end, it is about the responsible to be professional. From this point of view, we did a certain study for programming, before starting the design, and doing several scenario of circulation, mass, and activity. It’s like I am very critical about this in the design group with another architect, I did this in a purpose of being responsible for design decision which I think this will support the team with the correct ground, doing grounded design and functional design. It’s about the basic of the design, nothing more.

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First Briefing 7.:30 at Gelora Bung Karno Administration Office 

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Second Meeting with Colleague

 

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Meeting till 2.30 pm morning with Supie Yolodie, Adi Purnomo, Adjienegara, Boy Bhirawa, Maria Rosantina, Deddy Wahjudi, Nelly Daniel, Danang. 

Things, the moment became the blessing in this challenging time. I am really thankful, and appreciate the kindness of all of the support of the family, wherever you are, please take care. We are moving to the guild soon.

 

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Rahayu di antara Awal dan Akhir – Untuk Agus

160315 Medan Jawaban untuk https://www.facebook.com/notes/agus-agm/learning-from-the-httpreal-richorg20151225learning-the-opposite-side-of-soejoedi/10156507986260521

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Dear Agus,

Proses untuk bertemu adalah kehendak yang Kuasa. Setiap jalan yang kita jalani adalah kepemilikan semesta. Oleh karena itu saya akan membalas surat Agus dengan rahayu, melengkapi bukan meniadakan, dengan paradigma yang membangun, kita ada di satu meja yang sama tidak berseberangan, meski adakalanya meja yang berseberangan itu bisa terjadi, dan memang saling meniadakan itu perlu juga untuk meniadakan gangguan- gangguan sehingga kita bisa melihat esensi yang dibicarakan.

Dimanapun kita dengan segala sosok yang telah menjadi, di titik omega, titik akhir yang adalah titik sekarang, dan memperbandingkan dengan titik alpha, titik awal di jaman dahulu. Kita ada di titik yang sama, untuk membangun dunia yang lebih baik, kenangan – kenangan masa lalu masih lekat terasa, dan apa yang ada di saat ini adalah sebuah titik awal untuk kenangan di masa depan. Sebenarnya ini semua untuk melepas rasa kangen akan titik alpha, dengan adanya respek terhadap titik mula, sebenarnya kita melakukan kritik diri sendiri akan kesombongan kita di titik omega, karena apa jadinya titik akhir tanpa titik awalan. Apabila itu terjadi mungkin kita sedang lupa landasan, melayang terlalu tinggi yang sebenarnya kita ada di dalam dunia kita sendiri.

Oleh karena itu semoga diri ini bisa menjadi satu pribadi yang menghargai titik awal, tanpa pernah sombong dengan titik akhir. Karena tanpa titik awal apalah kita ini. Justru inilah yang terjadi dalam dunia arsitektur kita, dimana, jalinan titik awal dan titik akhir seringkali terputus, terputus oleh diskomunikasi, kesombongan, keengganan untuk berbicara dari hati ke hati yang sebenarnya urusannya cukup mudah dipetakan.Yuswadi Saliya sudah memang membahas mengenai trinitas dalam karya manusia di semesta, tangan, spiritual dan pikiran. Kerja tangan dari spiritual akan menghasilkan kecintaan dan kepakaran, segala sesuatu yang muncul dari cinta adalah perasaan kasih untuk bisa berbagi, membangun. Selain itu ada juga perasaan obsesi, nafsu yang kerap memunculkan pesan untuk berseberangan, tidak mau kalah. Rahayu mengajarkan keseimbangan, melengkapi untuk mencapai kesempurnaan.

Menilik Soejoedi, adalah soal rasionalitas keilmuan dan menilik Mangunwijaya adalah soal hati dalam menerapkan keilmuan dalam hidupnya menjadi manusia yang mengabdi semesta. Kerasionalitasan kita akan meletakkan lingkup batas kita pada keilmuan, itu adalah dasar tanpa perlu untuk dilebar – lebarkan. Tataran kelimuan memang membutuhkan batas untuk bisa diukur, dibedah, diiris – iris bagian yang enak dan bagian yang tidak enak, salah dan benarnya supaya bisa ditelan dan didudukkan pada tempatnya. Kerja kelimuan adalah kerja tangan dan pikiran. Kerja spiritualitas itu yang kemudian menjadikan Mangunwijaya menjadi manusia semesta, mendudukkan kita dalam kerja spiritual akan menjadikan kita memberikan kepakaran seutuhnya – seluruhnya, tidak setengah, seper empat sepertiga ataupun seper enam, jiwa kita pun akan masuk kedalam kerja kepakaran dalam rahayu, membangun. Mungkin ini kerangka spiritualitas yang muncul setelah alpha (titik awal) menuju omega (titik akhir).

Oleh karena itu agus, saya akan bertanya, kapan kita bertemu lagi ? untuk menggapai omega yang menjadi alpha kembali.

Salam,

dari pribadi yang gelisah.

Realrich Sjarief

the heart that loves is always young
the heart that loves is always young

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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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Little Prince – Where are you ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“To establish ties?”

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

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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

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

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34 th Birthday – Miracle Birthday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When Friction finished, iterations went normal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wishes for Miracle

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I just got a letter from Bu Nina Subiyanto and family. There were words, and cherry blossom framing white house at Washington DC. The picture is beautiful, the card was kept by Yudith, she was seemed to like it so much, I do so, because of the wish for miracle and our family.
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“Buat Ril and Yudith

Selamat atas kelahiran putra tercinta…

semoga Ril dan Yudith dilimpahkan sehat dan bahagia untuk membesarkan”Miracle” sesuai namanya yang menjadi bukti dari kemurahan Allah kepada kita semua, semoga ananda Miracle menjadi anak yang membawa keberkahan terhadap sekelilingnya, menjadi manua humble dan berhati bersih seperti kedua orang tuanya dan juga menjadi manusia yang dekat dengan sang Pencipta,

my wish to you and your family…

With love and kisses

Nina Subiyanto dan Bayu juga Ajeng dan Ibu Atie”

I am touched by the letter and the wish for Miracle, … thank you bu Nina, max Bayu, Ajeng, Bu Atie, we are glad we met few years ago. God Bless you all.

 

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30 days of Miracle – the little prince


Miracle is already one month old. I love my wife and him so much, being blessed by this wonderful son is fulfilling. Thank you God for this beautiful gift. He knew when his father and mother wanted to have dinner, he would keep silent, after we finished dinner, he would scream, and asking for milk. I laughed with Laurensia, while I was driving on the street that I used to go,

I remembered 6 years ago, I drove through this street, my memory flickered and Laurensia’s face came up, she was not still the same like before, more beautiful, holding baby Miracle, I was feeling so blessed. Miraclerich brought miracle to our family, blessing, happiness. All of the sweet memories, hopefully it will last.
I remmeber verses by Shantideva in book titled Altruism written by Matthieu Ricard, I change I to Miracle, hoping my son could be a miracle to society.

May miracle be a guard for those who have no protector A guide for those who journey on the road.
For those who wish to go across the water,
May he be a boat, a raft, a bridge
May he be an island for those who yearn for landfall, And a lamp for those who long for light;
For those who need a resting-place, a bed;
For all who need a servant, may him be their help.
May he be the wishing jewel, the vase of plenty a word of power and the supreme remedy, May he be the tree of miracles,
And for every being the cow of abundance
Like the earth and the pervading elements, Enduring as the sky itself endures,
For boundless multitudes of living beings, May I be their ground and sustenance
Thus for every thing that lives,
As far as are limits of the sky,
May he provide their livelihood and nourishment Util they pass beyond the bonds of suffering.
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I think my hope for miracle, is also our hope for ourself. to be useful to others.

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Warmness in Rumah Petak

IMG_3522-0Few days ago I was invited by Rofianisa Nurdin to talk about work in the her community, Creative Mornings Jakarta. It was quite difficult to find a content of what I would say in the sharing session. I had been thinking about the content for few days, asking people in the studio about what usually people wanna hear. And then, I realised, rofi’s last day was on friday as well, it was the day of the creative morning session. so I started the lecture, by being honest about my feeling, in this few years, reflecting the time passed in the studio, the lecture was made for her.

There are 4 phase in my interpretation of idealism in the architecture so far . These phases enrich the whole process of the architecture. It started 4 years ago when I was trying to enjoy the time in the studio, so I tried to make the situation as comfortable as I can with limitation of having small studio, starting a room 3 x 3 m then attacking the garage which is 3 x 10 m.

3 x 3 workaholic room
3 x 3 workaholic room

The first phase , I love to drink, chill out with people and I love books, reading them has been a culture, a sacred activity every day. So I will mix both of them, book represented work, all of the knowledge in the architecture practice, manual of design, book of standard, book of case study, and book of the masters. The drink represented, how I really respect, cheers the process , the laugh, the sad when we lose projects, and the happiness seeing one project get built, to another project which testing our passion. Ingeniousity in my world is about to respect knowledge : the intense talking about the project between the core member of the project, the process of sketches in mind and bringing it to table. one represents work, another represents aholic. both of them made workaholic.

Floating Table Tennis Board
Floating Table Tennis Board
The second phase, I remember we have a table tennis table in the studio, one time I asked Ari, the all season guy and pak Pudin, the carpenter, hung the table by steel cable, and suddenly the table floated. When the table floated, it brought new way of playing, we could move the table, when we smashed the ball, we can also move the table. The playing part was bit funny. That was deconstruction of idea, and construction of new way of thinking architecture. In everytime I design, I tend to find, observe on ideas. It’s twisted, to find new idea.

Lovely people around
Lovely people around
The third phase, It was a calling to nurture all of the designer that helped me in the design process. They have been pushing so hard. There had been a time that the people in the studio was in contract for one year, we’ve got 12 people in the studio so every month there would be one person leaving the office and one new person coming to the office.  one time, I couldn’t take it anymore, and I didn’t celebrate the graduation of the designer in the studio. But after that I realised that It was normal for freshgraduates to do that. So this changed my way of thinking. I really start to think how to teach them in the 1 year time. Strangely after that, they wanted to stay bit longer, I was grateful because of that.

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Lecture in OMAH Library
The fourth phase is about how to give to other. I saw architecture was far or exclusive  from public in Indonesia. It was happened like that because the nature of architecture itself is based on commision and that is the nature of architecture. During the discussion with several people, So I was thinking to create one platform for young people to learn architecture, so OMAH was created after finished the construction of pak Misnu’s house named Murakabi which meant “usable house for all.

In walking through these 4 phases, there will be crossing of answering the question, what do you really want and what does the society want. The main process is finding sympathetic client and firing distrustful client. The sympathetic client is worth to be second, third, and being continuous client.

Having work in our studio, is like working in the good place that make you smile everyday. we are building memory with the people around us, the happiness and the sadness. I cried because of architecture was far from sacred in my world, term sacred, creates a moment that i have to treat architecture as   a life, guard it with heart, do it wholeheartly.

I met Rofi few years ago when she filmed Bare Minimalist. I knew her from the writing that she did. She has such skill on forming framework through text, but still striving to do further iteration in design. She had been working so hard in the studio, contributing in making the framework for the design project. She put the huge effort, and huge happiness, and I would say warmth in the studio. She is happy as always, she trained herself very hard, sometimes not many people can see that, but I can see it clearly, that she became one best designer combined with strong framework, great attitude, and such interesting altruistic work with her creative morning. I was sad to release her, but I know that she has bigger thing to do rather than staying at the studio.

Rofi’s warmth and happiness had been coloring the studio with such amazing moments. Inspite her happiness, she had deep untoldable sadness as well. The more you happy actualy you have gone sad before. I was sad like ussual having one person go. But i will be happy to see her flying, support her. People come and go leaving memories, much of sweet memories, such little of bitter memories, as rofi’s leaving the office, she will come back. I hope for that, shaped by more critical environment, more challenging atmosphere, with so much love that this world can give.

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On WORK, Realrich tells his stories along his journey on becoming an architect: First, be true to yourself. There will be crossing. It's all about what do you really want (on achieving your goals in life) and what does the society want. Second, finding trust from clients. Find sympathetic clients that support you as a professional. Don't be scared to "fire" distrustful clients. Third, nurturing your studio. Appreciate your team as they are the people who support you to achieve your vision. And then Fourth, give it back to people. In the good place that makes you smile everyday because you are building memory with the people around you. In this story, Realrich tells about his pro bono project, a house for his loyal worker, and @omahlibrary, which is came from the need to improve his beloved Indonesian architecture by opening his architecture book collections to public and provide a platform for young restless spirit to learn and discuss. #CreativeMornings #CMJKT #CMwork #CMJKTSpeaker

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For this November's "Work", CreativeMornings Jakarta presents: Realrich Sjarief. Realrich Sjarief is the principal architect of RAW Architecture, a leading Indonesia’s architecture firm based in Jakarta. He received his bachelor degree in architecture from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia (2005). He was in the family of skilled builder from Borneo and tutored under his father, later continued his family legacy in building craftmanship. He has gained 10 years of post qualification experience ever since. Prior to establish RAW Architecture in 2011, he worked for Foster and Partners in London, and several firms before. Aside from his daily work of practicing architecture, he is also a visiting lecturer for some university, and also a contributor for some architecture and lifestyle magazine in Indonesia. Currently he is leading OMAH Architecture Library, a private library which focusing on development of young people. He shared his office’s small summer pavilion for restless spirits as a hope for future architects. #CreativeMornings #CMJKT #CMwork

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The Leverage is much higher

Singapore, 031215. “Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” –Patrick Lencioni

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I was curious about what is inside National Gallery of Singapore what makes it great, in term of process and product of its piece.

Yesterday, Scott, Miftah, and Tatyana had survey site to National Gallery of Singapore with me . It was the opening day for the National Gallery of Singapore. It is the fruition of 8 years hard-work. I’m sure they are excited with the meeting. It just turned out, that the meeting was fabulous, more than it was expected. We are meeting with probably one of the smartest team in gallery design in the world.

In meeting there were people who in charge with the building of National Gallery of Singapore, Director : Sushma Goh, advisor from Studio Milou who is Gallery expert : Guillaume Levy-Lambert, Senior Associate from Studio Milou : Wenmin Ho, the one from CPG (I will update his name after asking Scott), Curator : Lisa Horikawa, and few other people . We have our head of the gallery, pak Tubagus Andri, Arya Abieta, Bayu Genia, Afrina, and our currator Citra. The scheme of the National Gallery of Singapore is intimately exercised from the initial process of forming the brief with the function brief consultant in almost a year to just think about the brief. The competition shortlisted 5 more finalist, and selected 3 more detailed scheme to be exercised. Studio muele in joint collaboration with CPG won the design.

The design consists of 3 main design intentions. First, digging, excavating the land to open access to one to another building to extend the exhibition space at ground, 1st floor, 2nd floor. Second, creating open layout space at the roof top. Third, the create structure solution to strengthen roof, whole floors which needed to be taken all before rebuilding new floor plate. This whole process took out all of the floor plate except the city hall area, left the facade, and rebuilding it again. I was astonished by all of the effort, and the humongous data that the have gathered and exercised in this building. The process, I am sure the bitter part, need lot of effort and time, but the result is sweet, and that can be experienced by Singapore people. It’s pride of nation which can be leveraged to louvre and British Museum.

Now, looking on by what we have in National Gallery of Indonesia. We won the prize 2 years ago. We have so much things to do, to prepare which is convincing people, and having right attitude, and confidence in one of the most difficult part which we need extra effort to push, to check list, sometimes we do it in our free time, little expenditures. Comparing to 500 million of Singapore dollar that they spent on this museum project, our project is 1/10 of their budget, but I think even tough budget is important, It’s not everything. The data of the National Gallery of Singapore has collected is worth much to value of the bit.

It’s a critical process for evaluating the National Gallery of Singapore process, and looking for what we have, the expenditures, the environment, the process, the realisation, the technology might be different. The nature is different, that is why the design which need to solve this bit of process need to be very responsive in all of the stages. We really need to form a integrated team, to shape our own Indonesia’s national gallery. This humongous process of the iterations converges again in this trip.

What I love is the way that Sushma explained the brief, and the realisation of the project somehow recalled what I saw in Scarpa’s work. It’s intimately telling story about how things made, and the detail, the gab between joint, was exercised. The way that they protected, preserved the old artefacts, previous settings in city hall, the library, the wood finishes, the sloping of the ram, the detail, lamp fitting, the air conditioning ducting, the design of the grill, the skylight which open beautiful light to the sky was appreciated deeply by me.

After the meeting,
in the evening We chilled out at Marina Barrage after the meeting.
I looked at the sky,
and thinking all of the possibility,
The benchmark.
I thought that
the leverage is much higher now.

I miss my family again :)
today Rofi is having birthday, we are going to celebrate it in the studio.

credit to the National Gallery of Singapore picture to Tatyana Kusumo

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I miss them :)

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It is my first time to take trip to Cilacap for seeing project with Rio after birth of Miracle. we will spend 2 days 1 night trip for 14 hours in train, I left miracle and Laurensia. I missed them, I am looking forward to see them again.

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The Strange Library


here is our strange library, OMAH. These are 4 kids standing from the crowd who helped me in OMAH. Honestly I’m just doing this for fun, and willing to help the young generations, and myself to understand architecture in deeper layer, the under layer within one architecture.

This library is strange library, but it’s not like a story of strange library in Haruki Murakami’s book which is The story of a lonely boy, a mysterious girl, and a tormented sheep man plotting their escape from a nightmarish library, OMAH is paradox from haruki’s story, it’s a hope for better architecture work in the future. GO restless spirit !!!

[1]http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-strange-library-haruki-murakami/1120262519#productInfoTabs

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Miraclerich

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He was born on thursday 5 th November 2015. His born is one miracle for our small little family and bigger family of Laurensia’s and Me. I was very happy for this, has been smiling in my action. I think something is different, it’s like having support and energy everyday. It kept us smiling and grateful of all of the blessings in life.
Richard Templar stated that In this life we seek for meaning of life. Observing life in general , people very broadly seem to fall into two main camps : those who seem to have mastered the knack of successful living and those who still find it all a bit of a struggle. He observed the secret of successful living, he said some things we do will make us unhappy and some things we choose to do will make us happier. He divided the rules of life into five areas – us, our partner, our family, our social circle (including work and friends ) and lastly the world. he wrote number of rules, there are 2 rules of 100 rules that made miraclerich is such a contentment for life, and stating our rule as parent to nurture him.

The first one is contentment is a high aim and the second one is the role as a parent.

The first rule showed that the happiness is such an illusory thing that spending too much time chasing it is not very worthwhile. Happiness is one end of a spectrum – misery being the other end. Templar then stated that there will be excitement of birth of a child, relief at a successful birth, but not sure about happiness after that. The most important thing is he said, “fireworks, butterflies, unbelievable feelings. It’s brilliant. It’s extreme. But that intensity can’t and won’t last. You have to go back to reality sometime…. Contentment is what you hope for after the elation has worn off and you settle back into a relaxed and happy simplicity. In fact, contentment is the worthier aim, because it lasts… if you find you are with somebody where there is no big firework display, palpitations and extreme of feelings but there is a baseline contentment and warmth and love – be happy with that.”

The second rule showed that what our duty as a parent. That we have to make sure they eat the best food, best education, developed their own best interest not the one we are keen on, set boundaries what the can and can’t do with acceptable level of discipline. We should provide safe haven, no matter how much trouble they’ve got themselves into in the big bad world outside. We should be firm ,loving, sharing, caring and responsible. We will stand up for them, protect them and keep them safe. We will stretch their imaginations, and feed them with stimuli, so they are excited about the world, finaly templar said,

“You will approve of them, boost their self – esteem, improve their confidence, … and when the time comes for them to leave the nest, you will help them pack and keep giving that support while they find their feet (or should that be wings ?).

not much then really.”

Miracle is easy to care by us, he is quiet even when he pee, poo. He cries only when he is hungry other than that he faced our face with his little eyes, and stayed silent, sometimes smiled. He reminded me of Laurensia, his calm, and perseverance attitude. Me and Laurensia said to him, “Son if you have problem, please let us know, we will help you, don’t stay silent.”

Look at the trees, evergreen, its branches stick to each other. If there is tree standing alone, its branch usually fall down easily during rain, snow, or hard season. We are not different than the trees, when bad thing comes sooner than we expected in this life. We need support from others to keep standing. There is one poet from anonymous. The title is Foot Steps,

Walk a Little Slower, Daddy, Mommy

“Walk a little slower Daddy, Mommy” said a child so small,
“I’m following in your footsteps and I don’t want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they’re hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy, Mommy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I’m all grown up,
You’re what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who’ll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true,
So walk a little slower, Daddy, Mommy,
For I must follow you.”

Miracle, Laurensia, and me will walk a little slower, but no need to follow us, world is waiting for you, we are still here :) My world is changing now, I do many smile all of the time,  Laurensia keep smiling all of the time. It’s all because this miracle. Just like my friend, Kolael said “It is now new life for you. Wish it will be field with joy and happiness”

[1] Templar, Richard. The Rules of Life.
[2] Van Ekeren, Glenn. 12 little secret towards happy life

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Do many smiles

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She was smiling, laughing. Tommorow is our big day. I knew she was scared of the cesarian, hoping everybody would be all right, thinking the bad thing, what might happen. She is sleeping right now, I feel more relaxed but I still could not sleep until now, 2.30 am.

Edhie said, “Tommorow you are going to be a father, do many smiles”. I smiled looking his text to me while we were discussing about his house, the skylight, how the skylight will lighten statue of Virgin Mary. I knew him since 3 years ago, suddenly we met in one time, talking and discussing about how warmth one house should be, he is like my family, full of warmth and compassion to the  people around him, his aura is positive, hoping the great for future of his family, friends. 

After Hearing him, I just noticed that I have been quite nervous, seldom smile, and bitter, to feel afraid of many things which is unsure.  I tried to cover with smile which was covering sadness. I was dishonest about my self. I am looking for my light, in the abyss, dragging myself deep to nowhere, until just last night, Laurensia sent me the story about red the little reminded us about cherry. how she has been crying all of the time.  Here is the story

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I love you, Laurensia, Miracle, Cherry. Thank you Edhie, I will do many smiles. :) thank u for the pray.

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Rectangle in Rumah Petak

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Yesterday was the last day for Jovita. I was thinking that RAW is like mutant school in X men, their character just unique by person. Having her graduation was like to let go the beast, one character in marvel full of blue Furs for the ordinary people out there. Some people said she is the phoenix that in fact that her face is rectangle, stiff, her heart shows warmth. All of the people around me, they are doing huge favour for me. I feel so blessed, and being thankful.

I started RAW practice, which I always think off like a mutant school or “Rumah Petak”, in such small room, 3 x 3 meter, it used to be guest bedroom, I spent times sleeping in that room with my grandmother when she need accompany. The room is nice, it faced north side, it was bright for the whole day. It’s located at my parent house. The 3 x 3 m then extended to the garage, space which is 3 x 10 m , a long narrow space, and then mezzanine located on top of it with further exercise of most efficient space, most appropriate lighting, and most reasonable material in this tiny space. The numbers got increased, many young people joined the studio. Today it consists of 20 people including myself. The place was scattered, disorder, full of paradox in its neat reasonable planning. It shows paradox, challenging its status quo time by time.

The table was flipped standing on top of ceiling, the quote of einstein was carved in the entrance saying “ if your ide is not absurd enough there is no hope for it.” Sometimes I try to challenge each project to its limit, by our hard work, deep observation, and numbers of experimentation. I always believe in fresh ideas, fresh meat from our mind.

Is the architecture has singularity effort ? I don’t believe idea that is architecture is a one person’s holistic work, but It could start with one ideas, and the idea got refined, as a part of creative pregnancy. There is no singularity in terms of creating product of architecture. I found out three way of thinking about architecture studio, first that studio should be a container of ideas, place where the experiment should be brought forward, the premise should be challenged. Second, that studio should be a school of design where young restless spirits learn their best, third, that the studio should be place where countless effort noted, re-exercised, praised with no fear. The third process is about the beginning, the transition, and the conclusion of the process re – search, the things that is un-solitary. The process consists of patron, fellow friends, fellow colleagues, assistants, technical , engineers, builders, and future people.

So Jovita, keep fighting. We are all fighting, keep connected. I am supporting you, spread your wings !

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If my time is up

Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 9.52.33 PMWiwid’s father just passed away. I deeply sad for her loss. I called her, and heard her story, I know it’s not easy for her having loss in such period, a month, for losing his father. She even said that her father suddenly lost his memory. I hope she is going to be okay, our little Cherry is together in heaven with her father.

Emmy is  going to have her marriage on 7th next month. She is going to have marriage with her boyfriend, Ganesha. Looking at their time, I have not known their relationship, but I’m happy again to reconnect with her, and getting know her update, what she is doing, and they are doing great !

Our baby will be delivered at the beginning of next month. We are so happy to wait for the little one. My group friends from uni had competitions for our baby name, some of the options were very nice, and very fun. There were normal names like Aldrich, Goodrich, Richie, Salimrich, Richheart biscuit name : rich cheese,  even crazier  No Rich no Party.  How can I not smile to see all of the options.

This is alpha for us, there were omega for other people. there was omega for us and even there were alpha for others.

There is alpha, the beginning, and there will be omega, the ending. Laurensia asked today , what do you like, real flower of just fake flower who will last longer, always blooming ?

I like real flower, orchid. In this life, I don’t believe on eternal object. I believe on moment, the most beautiful part of orchid is when it’s blooming. Moment with whom we spent time together. I believe this life has a beginning and an end. I cherish all of the moment with sad and happiness, get close to each other. Everybody is fighting hard in this universe, everybody deserve to be happy.  It’s just the way it is if my time is up, I hope I could share it much to the people.

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How much is your time weigh Mr. …

Screen Shot 2015-10-26 at 1.01.14 AMThese few days, I had been stayed late, slept for such little hours. I was determined to push the design to find its perfection, one to another projects. Big to small, those are still same. My eyes were hurt, I felt bitter, if there was mirror I would looked pale. I was very tired.

Instead of having an idea about writing the building, I remember one movie titled how much is your building weigh Mr. Foster. The movie is about showcase of norman foster’s building. I put this movie in appreciation, even though there was critics in New York Times from A. O. Scott about this movie that it should explained more analysis and argument, is more than a little disappointing. I just want to appreciate, efforts of Norman and his friends, creating such humble, amazing, honest pieces by pieces architecture, which demonstrate mastery in Architecture. The effort to create piece of architecture is huge, from the beginning, until completion. I want to appreciate his time.

The movie showed 3 ideas of how I really appreciate Norman Foster and His firm, first that his firm, started by dot, beginning of his smaller, more simple work and drove the opportunity of getting more complex projects which needed bigger team. Second, this movie is just to appreciate for Norman’s and Associate’s time, which considerably high, consuming their life. Third, we can see his time, dedicated to his family and respect his health, Norman, at that time he was 76 years old, participating in a cross-country race through some very beautiful snow and also spending time at home with his young son. Like me, like other architects, what we are willing to get is just appreciation for all of our time, beginning with dot, spending time with all of the team who will collaborate, and spending time with our family.

I can conclude all of this experience in also three points, Yesterday, I was at drop off in Sampoerna Strategic Square, I  finished 2 presentations for RAW projects at east Indonesia, well it is still confidential, I will share it when the time is ready, including all of the people involve inside it, with one of long lasting relationship friend. All of these started by dot,relationship like the first point.

For the second point, It will be the Heart of the East with all of the team onboard. We really pushed the design into more than 110 slides, each slide shows deep thinking about the project, accentuation about its soul on 4 design exercises : form finding, detail design, value engineering, and appreciating, getting feedback from all of the owner side : Leader, shares, the team of clients. All of the people need to be appreciated. Me and the team have been spending 2 weeks working non stop on this projects, consuming in total (10 hours x 2 weeks x 5 days x 2 designers (200 hours) + 10 hours x 3 days x 2 associates (60 hours) + 10 hours x 3 days x 4 designers (120 hours)) * 20 percent of plus for other supports from projects which usually we spend more than this. That was 456 hours, I haven’t calculated my time in this project, so I think it will be like 40 hours, so lets sum it all from principal to designer level to 500 hours . We also need to sum up, the time that was consumed in formulating brief, consulting with clients, and the time was spend in client’s side, usually it will take 30 percent from the total project, but I will just leave it empty. If Gladwell stated, 10000 hours is one of the factor to be succeed. I could just smile in second to appreciate all of these process.

I just smile looking on our effort, I think that the movie title should sounded better, at least I would say, how much your time weigh Mr.Foster.

In architecture, for all of the learning, we have to dedicate our time to learn so much knowledge in all of the level consists of art, history, culture and science from theory, and the practical, about building mastery. I remember one poem gave by my friend, Liza Susanto, she came with her husband Adi Indra during opening at OMAH titled The Strange Library.

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Knowledge, could it just be a spice to make our brains tastier?
We’re curious. We learn.
We become hungry for knowledge as if we’ve been starving for centuries.
Thus, we cram, we swallow and try to devour everything we could into our heads.

However, time chases us like a hunter after prey.
After all, knowledge doesn’t come to us effortlessly.
We risk the danger of being demolished with time and carefully learn all that there is to learn and remember.

At last, are we able to feast, risk it all and retreat without being fed on by time instead?

I added at the end,

Risk the weigh of time that is what we commonly do.
We risk the weigh of time for that appreciation
Risking the weigh of time for our passion.
Our passion, the weigh of time burning from our heart
Our love, the weigh of time serve people.

Soon I realise at the end, before, Pak Misnu, picking me at the drop off. I realise it’s about time to go back to my family, it’s the third point from what Foster did. I can smile now, and not feeling tired.

Have a great weekend guys. let’s run ! away ! :)

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[1]http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/25/movies/how-much-does-your-building-weigh-on-norman-foster.html?_r=0
[2]http://allpoetry.com/poem/11825194-The-Strange-Library-by-Ann-C.
[3]http://gladwell.com/outliers/ [look as his book, outliers]

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Unconditional Love

Culture, which we have seen in our daily life sometimes is just taken with no granted. everybody should accept it, more people said that we have to remember our culture to avoid faceless community, one community without any culture. That is arguably true but sometimes we forget behind culture, there should be love that becomes signifier of what we’re doing. We’ve got so many problems in our life. Problems of relationship, your career, your dream.

I believe in one truth, which is …. give the unconditional love to everybody. The world is going to be more wonderful place and beautiful place for all of us.

these are really beautiful clips. See those and what do you think ?


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Trust in Relations

Few relations coming and taught new ways of facing society. We are holding what trust between us in a matter of great work. Trust that we will do always the best work that we ever had, trust that we will respect everybody in the team, every effort. In the way of architecture firm grew even bigger there are 2 terms which are important, one is IDEAS, another is Trust. There are various way of looking through at how we as human develops trust.

First, in terms of generating in IDEAS in the architecture firm, not the personal myself, what my concern is the development of the restless spirit, my little brothers and sisters. Steve Jobs in the companies he ran, he ought to have the design its headquarters to promote interaction across of the company; the space is connected to the central atrium which also contained cafe and mailboxes. in IDEO for example the limit the role of the hierarchy in brainstorming session, in the brainstorming there are no titles, only ideas, It developed team’s ability to be collectively intelligent. Intelligent groups. It based on the diversity of opinions. When it comes to architecture, some of the general ideas could be executed quite easily which in the design development stage, the thought needs to be crystal clear into more thoughtful exercised in terms of build-ability. When it comes into build-ability, IDEO knows then to have more versus less hierarchy and as the result, it wins again and again and again. It’s about workshop between teams of designers, clients, to the inner side of ourself.

Second, Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer described that trust is essential for almost every social relationship : a happy marriage, a supportive friendship, and a successful organisation. If we cannot trust our spouses, our friends  and our business partners, our relationships break down. in fact, almost every transaction we engage in requires some level of trust. When trust in high, these relationships are collaborative and frictionless. Trust , in so many ways , is a key social lubricant.  When trust is low, on the other hand, there is friction in every interaction. we are consumed with minimising the risk of being exploited. And as a result, we become competitive, even combative. It’s tough to be a good friend or an effective foe when we’re constantly suspicious and fear exploitation.

This isn’t just true for individuals; countries and societies also cannot achieve the level of cooperation they need to success in the global economy without trust. Indeed economist have linked the economic prosperity of countries to the levels of trust within societies with high levels of trust, economies thrive. But where trust is low, growth is stunted.[1]

Conventional wisdom tells us two things about trust. First, that trust is slow to develop. Second, that once broken, trust, like a vase is almost impossible to repair. They had conclusion in a simple way to restore trust is about getting a way to say I’m sorry in a honest way.

That is the basic way to develop IDEAS and TRUST in institution of man. What do you think ?

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[1] Galinsky. A, Schweitzer. M, Friend and Foe, Crown business : New York, 2015, pp139
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Commencement, a new beginning

Anis, my little sister just sent us post card,
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she said
 
“Dear Pak Rich , Kak Yudith, and All the Restless spirits of RAW and OMAH
 
Thank you for the support you all always give to me now that i’m here in London. The guy in this photo is singin Goo Goo Dolls’ Iris. Although the song was not exactly related to our never ending relationsup. It reminded me of you when the guy sand…, “ You’re the closes to heaven that I’ll ever be…” (yooo ! Gomballl … !! hahaha) But seriously, I deeply thank you all. 
 
Bottom line : Pardon my handmade postcard. Please wish me luc for the 28th as the school starts. Hope you all are having fun as always !  the warmest regards, 
 
Anis :) “
I am happy for her and waiting for her to come back to Indonesia.
Another restless spirit, Rizka Drastiani just also said good bye to us when she visited and attended lecture from David Hutama at Omah. She posted few pictures at her album. she also said that she wanted to improve the education knowledge in the university in Palembang.
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As what we could draw from these moments, the term “commencement.” helps us understand that typically, when we hear the word commencement we think of an event that signifies and ending, like a graduation ceremony from high school or college. Bu really this term means to start, it’s about the new beginning. Guys, man and woman of the past, have a great journey to the future, see you, I’m going to miss you guys.
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Smile Little One

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dokter : “Bu bu, tangannya mengepal bu, saya dipelototin, ini megnhadap ke saya ”
laurensia : “iya dok kayanya dia marah, laper dia dok, nunggunya lama dok”
dokter : “maaf ya de, nunggunya lama ya de”
dokter : “ini jarinya empat ya bu, ibu jarinya ngga kelihatan karena lagi mengepal, jarinya jangan nambah lagi ya bu”


love Laurensia and little rich
her smile her hug
her perseverance
her kindness color everyday of life
For the injections, fear of needles
For the hours meeting doctors
For the hours of tears
For the love to our baby and to me
Spread warmth to my heart.
Laurensia  stay strong,

You made me just falling in love again in our fourth year marriage. :)

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Why do you want to start something new ?

IMG_3267-1024x1024Anis asked me, “Why do you want to always build something new, maybe people has started their own idea which is similar, and you could collaborate ?” maybe she was surprised when she heard again another of idea to brainstorm, again ? time to time ? , and I came up with such don’t know where, what , why the idea occurred just after I read two books, one is Pasang Surut Arsitektur Indonesia by Josef Prijotomo, and Perjalanan Malam Hari by Yuswadi Saliya. I concluded in those two book the two main points which are important, 1) architecture as profession has to strive as the construction system has been transforming rapidly, but the discourse of architecture as profession is still questionable, are we improving enough ? 2) We need to be careful to state Arsitektur Indonesia when we are designing, do we design based by strong roots or …. ? roots can be said as context, adaptation of building system, in terms of 4 levels of design quality, Function and art, economic and ethics, time and space, or even more, place and events. In fresh Saturday morning, The idea which was come up is about having a huge collection of material library for architect to find the best material, finishes that is suitable in the studio.In Foster and Partners London, when I worked before, the access to the material library is remarkable, we could find new advancement material such as new type of alumunium finishes, brick, plastic, categories which synthetic or original. It’s based on each durability, strength and ease of material. The question is, the access of the material library is limited to the people inside the studio, the question is, if we make is similar, how can we improve the knowledge by sharing it to the others. Why am I not collaborating with others ? I don’t know but, it’s interesting that the access in Jakarta is quite limited, and I have not yet found people that I can talk to other than Anis and people in the studio, I just haven’t found any friend to talk to, I about to take what was suggested by Anis to expand the idea to the others, and here we are. Thank you Anis, I got reminded again time to time. Remember Glenn Murcutt , there is no such something new in the architecture, the word “new” might be process of discovery the act of trying to do good for the others. “All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.” Pope Paul VI

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Bumped

I just bumped attitudes of achieving similarity lacking originality.

A simulacrum (plural: simulacra from Latin: simulacrum, which means “likeness, similarity”), is a representation or imitation of a person or thing.[1] The word was first recorded in the English language in the late 16th century, used to describe a representation, such as a statue or a painting, especially of a god. By the late 19th century, it had gathered a secondary association of inferiority: an image without the substance or qualities of the original.[2] Philosopher Fredric Jameson offers photorealism as an example of artistic simulacrum, where a painting is sometimes created by copying a photograph that is itself a copy of the real.[3] Other art forms that play with simulacra include trompe-l’œil,[4] pop art, Italian neorealism, and French New Wave.[3]

Are we in the middle of Simulacra Culture ?

Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simulacrum
1. “Word of the Day”. dictionary.com. 1 May 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2007.
2. Jump up ^ “simulacrum” The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 1993
3. ^ Jump up to: a b Massumi, Brian. “Realer than Real: The Simulacrum According to Deleuze and Guattari.” http://www.anu.edu.au/hrc/first_and_last/works/realer.htm retrieved 2 May 2007

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Happy Birthday Laurensia

 

Laurensia had her 33rd birthday on 22nd May. I had everything special for her. Last friday we in the office had great dateline that pushed us quite hard. I was glad that we can pass the critical point. After the dateline finished, we had such nice dinner, finaly done. I think I have to prepare something, flower for this saturday, nice present, or I need to relieve quality time just for her.

One publication just contacted me for writing one article about building nation. I was thinking to come up with idea for proud to be indonesian, and the question is, how can we come up with the feel of proud… we are what we belong, if we have to do something with nation. I remember I met sylvania, friend from ITB architecture, I was thinking that someday we should prepare education of architecture for free for students, that was when story of omah happened. RAW has been doing great, but OMAH is one way to share for others for free. Is it possible to make architecture accesible for all ?

or maybe or must be,

I think too much, right now I just wanna enjoy quality time with Laurensia :) I just came back from multiple design workshops, and meetings today, felt tired, Good Day. Tommorow will be better than today.

 

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compassion

everytime you go to yogyakarta, stay here, she showed us one room with bathroom connected to her room. She said “I can use you to give me suggestion for my home and gallery everytime (boleh juga katanya) “( we laugh over loud) . And then few people came, she said to everybody, ” I have new son and daughter now, pointing at us whom I (kartika) met in serendipity in affandi’s gallery. ” I felt that It’s not that we are so special, but she treated everyone like her son or daughter, and we were so lucky to meet her. She is just so lovely. And she said “i have told you my story, and what’s yours ? “….Such admirable person! in such age and willing to ask , listen and teach unknown people in front of her.

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Miracle

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There was promise that I made for our family just a month ago , a promise to spread our happiness for our family, which is our little secret. This story belong to my wife and my son or daughter who are still in womb, not yet born, still young 2 months old.

I can’t provide anything in this journey which our family has, which i think this journey is a wonderful journey. Sometime I have to say I put much of my time in architecture, how I can help people, nurturing staffs, creating ideas, it is simply  doing stuffs that I love. To be honest, sometime I feel very guilty not to pay attention, giving time for all of you Son/Daughter, in which I have to say thank you for all of the generosity, all of the patience, that you have to me. Son/Daughter, I hope our journey in the day that you are born, will come true, as we, your mother, and me your father, really miss you so much, by happiness not by tears, by joy, not by sadness.

To release our past, it is not so easy, there is affiliation with past that we always remember, but Me, your father and Laurensia, your mother have been trying to accept our life, our human condition, that makes us just like who we are. In our heart, we only hope that your coming to our life will fill emptiness in our heart, to release our past.

In this such extraordinary time that I did in architecture, such tremendous hours in one day, I’m working hard, just like other father doing the best, to push their best, to show to you, your mom or even to egoistical myself that I can take care of our family. I really want to learn from you for doing another the very best mistakes that I have, and learning what the best from the best people that we  will face in this live, together as family.  I am just afraid that I always try to help others, but for the people that I care most, I forgot to pay attention to. Laurensia has fear of losing you son / daughter, I am in a huge fear of losing you. In our young age, i must say, we were taught to feel lost of family, lost of son of daughter and son several times. It brought scar in our heart. Some people said that in order to be strong you have to release pain, give medicine to your scar, you have to release your past.

I hope that this  journey will be happy ending, at least for you, so you can meet your beautiful mother, Laurensia, who has always been missing you, who has been in tears for losing someone special.  I really miss you, and hopefully God will answer your mom’s  and father’s prayer that we can do this adventure together, we already have huge plan for you and your will be little sisters and your will be little brothers. That was the promise, and the promise is a way to keep our faith in life.

love to you,

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Camariderie

from left to right (Andhang, Tatyana, Meirisa, me, Primaldy, Tony, Silvanus), pic taken by Silvanus
from left to right (Andhang, Tatyana, Meirisa, me, Primaldy, Tony, Silvanus), pic taken by Silvanus

I’m proud of who, where they are, I’m so proud of the future that they face, I’m so much proud of the authenticity that they keep in their inner beauty. I remember few years back because we were discussing the old time, the current time, and the future that we have.

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Anugerah Terbaik

Baku, Azarbaijan. City of Winds. “The wind represent the force of change, the matter of change is nothing compare to the matter of love”

My lovely wife :)
My lovely wife :)

Laurensia mengatakan bahwa kami sedang mendapatkan anugerah yang terindah dari Tuhan. Saya berpikir bagaimana bisa ia bisa sedemikian sabarnya menghadapi apa yang sudah terjadi. Laurensia, satu orang yang merupakan anugrah yang terbaik yang diri ini temui, dari titik pertemuan kembali dirinya sejak diri ini ada di London sampai sekarang ini.

Kami sudah beberapa kali mengalami kesedihan, janin tidak berkembang selama waktu yang singkat ataupun yang paling lama hamil selama 7 bulan di masa kehamilan pertama. Kehamilan kedua dan ketiga, juga tidak memiliki waktu yang lama, dimana kami harus menerima kenyataan, janin tidak berkembang. Kami bertanya – tanya dan ke beberapa dokter kandungan, dan beberapa dokter ahli penyakit dalam yang semuanya memiliki niat yang baik untuk membantu.

Ada yang mempermasalahkan toxoplasma yang masih positif IGMnya, meskipun sedikit. Sampai tes terhadap aviditas terhadap toxoplasma dilakukan, karena nilainya yang tinggi, diketahui bahwa infeksi ini sudah berjalan lama dan dokter tidak mempermasalahkan ini, dengan memberikan obat Pyrimethamine ataupun spiramycin sebelum kehamilan, ataupun dimasa kehamilan yang terus mengkonsumsi spiramycin selama beberapa saat untuk kemudian memiliki masa rehat tidak meminum obat untuk kemudian meneruskannya semasa kehamilan. Ataupun kami juga melakukan tes DNA yang dilakukan, berkali – kali tes darah untuk melihat apakah permasalahannya ada di toxo plasma, hanya untuk mengetahui dari ilmu pengetahuan, apa yang bisa dilakukan untuk menghindari kejadian yang berulang. Tepatnya sekitar setengah tahun yang lalu, Dokter Raditya menyarankan kami untuk ke dokter spesialis darah, Dr. Djumhana di rumah sakit Pelni.

Dokter melakukan serangkaian tes darah, ana profile, dan beberapa parameter yang cukup rumit yang sulit untuk dimengerti. Ternyata diketahui adanya auto imune, hal yang jarang sekali dimiliki oleh orang kebanyakan. kelainan itu adalah SLE [Systemic Lupus Erythematosus],dimana tubuh menganggap organ, sistem saraf sebagai ancaman sehinga menyebabkan peradangan. SLE tidak bisa diprediksi kapan akan menyerang tubuh dimana penderitanya adalah sebagian besar wanita berusia 15 sampai 35 tahun. Kami tidak pernah bermimpi untuk mendapatkan cobaan seperti ini. Untungnya ia, sangat sabar dan bisa menerima keadaan ini. Kemudian, ia mencoba untuk mencoba pengobatan dari dokter seperti Lameson yang diminum 3 kali satu hari untuk menurunkan kekentalan darah. Didiagnosa bahwa kekentalan darah yang menyebabkan calon bayi kami tidak berkembang.

Dalam penantian hari – hari panjang, mengenai datangnya si kecil dan penantian kondisi kesehatan yang membaik, kebahagiaan itu muncul satu persatu, dari hal – hal yang sederhana. Sesampai buah pikiran kami bercita – cita ingin memiliki anak sebanyak – banyaknya, orang tua sebanyak – banyaknya pula dalam rentang hidup yang tidak lama. Sebuah dedikasi untuk orang lain. Dari situlah diri ini merasakan kekuatan yang tidak terlihat, sebuah perasaan kasih sayang, bahwa memang dedikasi yang ada di dalam kehidupan kami adalah untuk melayani orang lain, menyebarkan kasih sayang.

Dan dengan cerita ini, semoga SLE yang ada di pribadi setiap – setiap orang bisa cepat untuk disadari dan kemudian diberikan cara untuk menanggulanginya. Kondisi Laurensia sudah jauh membaik, dan indikasi kekentalan darah semakin stabil. Mungkin sudah saatnya kita berharap kembali mengenai kehadiran si kecil. Apapun yang terjadi, satu wanita, yang terbaik dan tetap terbaik.

Apabila Laurensia menganggap Lupus ini adalah anugerah yang terbaik yang didapat dalam hidup ini, maka saya sampai kapanpun, menganggap Laurensia adalah anugerah yang terbaik yang pernah didapat dalam hidup ini. Dalam perjalanan diri ini ke Baku Azarbaijan, diri ini baru mengetahui bahwa Laurensia tidak bisa tidur dengan tenang selama diri ini 5 hari di luar negeri. Dalam hati, diri ini merasa sedih karena berangkat meninggalkan dirinya, namun dalam hati pula, diri ini merasakan kebahagiaan untuk bisa dicintai dan mencintai sepenuh hati dalam saat pulang nanti. Bahwa tidak banyak lelaki bisa dirindukan seperti itu, dan bagaimana diri ini juga amat merindukannya.

Diri ini pun menarik nafas saat satu teman mengingatkan harus kembali melakukan pekerjaan di negeri angin ini, dan mungkin ini semua punya satu maksud yang masih saja belum bisa diri ini mengerti, apa ujungnya, apa tujuannya, dan mengapa ini semua bisa terjadi. Puji Tuhan, terima kasih atas seluruh rahmatmu untuk wanita terbaikku, berilah ia kebahagiaan sesungguhnya, diri ini hanya bisa berharap.

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Spiritual Dreams

Where did you throw away your dreams?
When did you forget your love?
No more tears will come from these eyes

I ‘ve heard this such a beautiful song and lyric titled Fujimoto’s Theme. The song was written in collaboration between veteran Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi, with lyrics by the film’s supervisor Katsuya Kondō and director Hayao Miyazaki. My interpretation was the song is about the spiritual dreams, and full filing love in this life.  It’s like looking at Bernini’s work, mondrian’s painting, or hearing earth by down to earth manner.

Fujimoto’s Theme

Where did you throw away your dreams?
When did you forget your love?
No more tears will come from these eyes
The people living in pain
Atop this exhausted planet
Have forgotten all about that thing called “hope”
The city overflows with Gods
Who will not guide you
Where can I return?
If I hurt someone
I don’t want to be seen by anybody
So I go far away, alone
The ocean changes that vastness
The sky becomes too heavy to bear
And everything, everything changes
Women are capricious
And men do nothing but hurt
Closing their hearts off every time they fall in love
The city overflows with Gods
Who will not guide you
Where can I return?
Unlike women, the coral
Is beautiful and yet so ephemeral
And that’s why I want to protect it so
The ocean that envelops everything
Is a mother who forgives all
And that’s why I return to it, alone

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Understanding Tools of Design and Production in Architecture

My friend, David Hutama will share his thought in understanding tools of design and production in architecture in OMAH, summer pavilion, here is the notes that I wrote for him for his lecture. I think that the knowledge of tools to design, and a way to understand production is essential for communicating the essence of the design. Without the knowledge of tools and production, architect can’t build his work, express his creativity, connect his world to the public

“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”
― Louis Nizer

There were times when architecture studio was so full of drafting tables to draw conceptual, schematic, or even working drawing by hand which took much time on its evolution to find what we called efficiency. Nowadays, the invention of CAD, Modelling software took over the line of production in Architecture firm. The changes was established by the need of time efficiency, costing efficiency, or even ease of transferring information between one person to another person or architect to builder or architect to other consultant which always involving techniques of creating architectural drawing or even nowadays architectural model [BIM]

An architectural drawing or architect’s drawing is a technical drawing of a building that falls within the definition of architecture. Architectural drawings are used by architects and others for a number of purposes: to develop a design idea to communicate ideas and concepts, to convince clients of the merits of a design, or even in the next stage to enable a building contractor to construct it, as a record of the completed work, and at the end to make a record of a building that already exists.

Architectural drawing become important because is consists of key information, such as the definition of space, all of the set of conventions, units of measurement and scales, annotation and cross referencing with material information or standard of construction. which described in floor plan, section, elevation. All of these information, now could be condensed in one architectural model [BIM = Building Information Model] which then creates minimum deviation in construction.

It’s all about sharing Tools of Design and Production in Architecture. which we should discuss the possible answer of :
1) What is and How history of Design and Production in Architecture evolve ?
2) What is needed for preparing a good architecture drawing or model information ?
3) How to establish bridge of information between architect – other consultant – builder ?
4) Why tools of design and production is important ? or what is the ethic to maintain good architecture drawing ?

my friend , David Hutama is chair department of UPH School of Design. After receiving his bachelor degree from Parahyangan University in the year 2000, he went to Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, to pursue his master degree in History and Theory of Architecture. In 2005 he join Department of Architecture in Universitas Pelita Harapan. David was part of the steering committee team for Jakarta Architecture Biennale 2009 and Art Director for Rubber Wood Architecture Exhibition in 2010. In 2012 he worked as the curator of Place.Making Exhibition, an exhibition of Department of Architecture UPH at Dia.Lo.Gue Exhibition, Kemang. Together with Avianti Armand and Robin Hartanto co-edited ‘Home: a Studio Talk’, published by UPH Press. He was curator of Indonesia Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2014

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Calf, Farmer, and Swallow to Slaughter House – One lesson in year of 9th 2014 reflection in one morning at Paris

“I like the thought that what we are to do on this earth is embellish it for its greater beauty, so that oncoming generations can look back to the shapes we leave here and get the same thrill that I get in looking back at theirs – at the Parthenon, at Chartres Cathedral.” –  Philip Johnson

Vocal : Juliana Pramesti Kumalasari Guitar : Ariyo Widiatmoko Recorded at Bajink Studi Video Clip : Belle Nuit Studio ( Yudha and Kabul ) Lighting and dekoration : Ari and iok ( Titus Vianey ) Location : In the Garage at Mertoyudan, Magelang, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

He, I recognised Phillipe Johnson,an architect, Scholar with big glasses who truly easy satisfied being small and enjoyed being at the centre of architecture history. He was under rated by some architect because he couldn’t draw. In his figure, we could see multiple layers which rippled modern architecture and call for discussion. He enjoyed on discussion with young architects like Frank Gehry and Peter Eisenman in his glass house he would encounter perspective which later he saw in another work, and he will encounter it again with another work making one proposition to another proposition. “Mind” was his playground, he often said architect (he is) is a “whore”, I might put “whore” in more positive way that every architect has an obligation to serve society, has also an obligation to form discourse of object in architecture history. I think Philip is like a father or centre or magnet of architecture modern history which he showed examples by encountering many modern works, and culminated it in his own way of thinking, if he thought that architect is a whore,then he was just so humble in knowing our problem as human, he was like elgar with soeil d amour, or sometimes who mimicking Mozart, Bach, Or Chopin when he played his own rhythm. Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 1.36.59 AM That day was one morning while i was doing teleconference with people in studio ,reviewing studio’s work while we were in Paris at 4 a.m in the morning. While it was 10 a.m in Jakarta. I was so exhausted from our trip to Seville, Spain and we had not recovered yet. In just one serendipity we discussed about the story of Donna the calf which also was discussed on our trip in Bilbao. Donna is a calf who is in a cage in a farmer’s carriage going to a slaughterhouse.He was sad, in prison by his will to be freed. The farmer said ” why are you so sad ?” Donna said “i want to be free like swallow who fly above me, who has free will and laugh, but now i am in prison.” And the farmer continued to share his wisdom about his free will but the carriage is still going to slaugther house.

“Donna Donna”

On a wagon bound for market there’s a calf with a mournful eye. High above him there’s a swallow, winging swiftly through the sky.

How the winds are laughing, they laugh with all their might.Laugh and laugh the whole day through, and half the summer’s night.Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna; Donna, Donna, Donna, Don.Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna; Donna, Donna, Donna, Don.“Stop complaining!” said the farmer, “Who told you a calf to be? Why don’t you have wings to fly with, like the swallow so proud and free?”

Calves are easily bound and slaughtered, never knowing the reason why. But whoever treasures freedom, like the swallow has learned to fly.

I remember My body my mind wondering in one conversation with my wife two days ago In one serendipity she gasped and told me IMG_2231 “Love (my name), The calf might represent our body an animal who has desire, instinct to fly free like swallow but it is in prison in body in a way to slaughterhouse which slaughterhouse is a symbol of time, which all of us will face soon or later, the judgement day in this world. Meanwhile the swallow is a symbol of spiritual conscience or probably heaven or hope which we always dream of or wanted to be” And the next questions are, Who the farmer in the song is ?

Probably the farmer is evil inside our heart, or God or even Just someone important to us, who told us spirit of life… Who is swallow anyway, probably everyone with free will or heaven, or just dream or something which is our purpose…. Who is the calf anyway, probably like wise someone in weakness, in prison by his own will,desire to be freed in time to the slaugther house.. And spontanioulsly i asked the people in the studio in front of screen in teleconference, who is the cattle do you think in our studio ? They kept silence and guessing that some of them is the cattle, Suddenly in serendipity I typed in screen which came up with serendipity answer that i have not had in my mind before. It is just the way of Hermeneutics works. a calf is the one who dreams free, who wants heaven for everybody, everyone of us are still learning to be the calf, so do I. but that’s life. Philip was right.

so dream like child, no burden, free like swallow, it’s in our head, think that the heart has its own way to face world. Sunlight comes in, my eyes open. Welcome back dream, long time no see spirit. Thank you so much.

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To Architect with Blue Eyes – Tribute to Antoni Gaudi – pilghrimae to Barcelona

140930 Barcelona “Learning from Gaudi is like praying to the Almighty who need devotion of our best energy knowing the most important of all.”

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If Norman Foster is truly a master of fundamental then Gehry is truly a master of deconstructivist. If Scarpa is truly a master on making orchestra of human’s rigidity rational mind then Gaudi is a noble man who has genius of nature in his genius of free workmanship in unlimited geometry in mimicking nature. If you are the player of the mind then he is the body of desire then we are creating spirit to fly on, together forming special relationship between human to human or if you are gifted enough forming relation with nature or even if you are brave enough you will be linked with such spiritual force forming relation with God or someone you feel great of or whosoever who has size of heart like an elephant.

While sky is unlimited, we would be touched by Gaudi to stop talking bullshit by his study and devotion in architecture and life. We are lucky enough If Gehry does not point his hand to us, raising his middle finger when he said that 90 percent architecture work is piece of shit. Die graciously, live like a king with an act of noble man like Gaudi, who is a king on himself, an architect of blue eyes. He who did his work on temple of Sagrada Familia, La pedrera, Casa Baltio, or even his park and complex design park gueil, while in 1914, dropped all his other project except Sagrada Familia that he wanted to focus on. That was even made me curious about what he did. I read some if books about him by foundation, publishers, church, his family background, some brochure, even books contains drawing of his work to search for what force driving him were.

There were stories when Gaudi was in prison when he had fight with police when he was forbid when he went to enter the church to do his ritual, praying every morning.

Then he was in prison, he would be freed if he put 50 pence as bail out then he sent messager to bishop to bring 75. He gave 25 to the people who was a fruit seller who had trouble arguing with police. He had been there for several day accompanying him.

Then the fruit seller asked Gaudi about his address, he wanted to pay him back. Gaudi answered “I don’t ask payback when i give charity.” He inspired us with such determination of pure heart or at least he tried with his spirit inside his body, we are same man who has mind, body, and spirit. In his soul we have an example.

In another one story, finaly I have my answer of what I am looking for when Gaudi set the his attitude in such noble way when he was asked or pushed by numbers of people who wanted to continue the construction of Sagrada Familia.

“When will you finished the holy temple of Sagrada Familia?”

He answered
“I have time, my Client is in no hurry.”

In my heart, I cried, then asked myself about the devotion in this life. I have learnt so much from Antonio Gaudi’s work, and even more by learning about his devotion in life which brings ever more question about our spiritual journey in this world

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Encountering work of Frank Gehry – Trip to Paris and Bilbao

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” …When the building is finished,…I worry that it is some kind of bizarre thing… I want to crawl under the blankets. When i saw Bilbao for the first time, I said,” oh my God, what have I done to these people?” I think that is a problem, but for better or worse, that is who I am.” – Frank Gehry

In one bright afternoon at the edge of nervion river. My mind is wondering, Norman Foster is truly master in neo Modernist approach, a god of life, an apollo, he has been my favorite architect who I was quite keen to learn from in his office. The label God of Life, Apollo was stated by Chris Abel. I was sure that Norman’s principle was truly a must do principle of doing architecture, Norman Foster is still one hero and master of fundamentals that i love most who like what Oscar Niemeyer said about him in his talk with Oscar Niemeyer.

Few days ago, in one rainy day i just arrived in Paris, commuting from Bastil to Rambuteau. I went to Gehry’s exhibition by serendipity in Pompidou Center Paris, a building which was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers. I saw models by gehry And partners stunned me. It was so beautiful. It was Like Van Gogh’s or Bernini’s or Affandi’s masterpiece. It opens into new possibilities, movement, New ideas, free form, unlimited line. It is almost perfect, And then i determined to see his work. A man who was stated by Chris Abel as Dionysus, god of pleasure.

in conclusion at that time I just love this man’s work, Frank Gehry, his building, persona and ideas in Louis Vuitton Foundation and Guggenheim Bilbao. I found that despite all of he pre assumption that (he was insensitive, he did not listen to his client, the building was not thinking about urban setting, he was driven by his ego trip) concluded by some of my peers, was wrong in his idea in these two magnificent work. After I finished read several of his books, publications, his catalogue, his interview with Barbara Isenberg or even his lecture’s video during our trip in this few days in Europe.
I found that He is such humble, down to earth man who is very smart, very sensitive, and ideas driven which sometimes his was failed to catch by others.

“Frank : People think that somebody who does this kind of out-there work that they haven’t seen before must be irresponsible and must no be interested in budgets or time schedules or the client, or the community is going to be in. They characterize it as an ego trip by superstar architects. Now in some cases it may be true, but it’s not in mine. It’s no accident that Disney Hall works. Enerst Fleisch man could tell you what happened. did Ernest tell you how I listened to him?

Barbara : Yes he did tell me that. in fact, several people I’ve interviewed recently said that one of your best traits is that you listen. I was just reading remarks by Matthew Teitelbaum, director of the Art Gallery of Ontario, who said that from the very beginning you “insistenly asked” about the museum’s needs and programming.

Frank : So put that in big letters : Gehry is a listener. He is not on an ego trip.” [1]

I found that in Guggenheim, the design responded beautifully by the axial opening from city axis to river. The pond designed as extension of the river creating architecture manipulation so the shape looked as dancing on the water bringing reflection of the solid. The atrium acts as breathing space creating a void before entering multi solid gallery. The sun light coming pass flower or fish or whatever people name the skylight bringing warmth which lighten space. Sometimes it might remind us who are same human under the same sun who challenge our origin. The shape perhaps was comin by free flow creativity reminded about gaudi’s, altoo’s, corbusier’s curvy line (Ronchamp) He took it into another level by introducing thereshold of such total curvy lines in creating architecture. [2]
He devised a totally new type of museum, aiming to give the visitor the choice to design his own itinerary to explore the museum, Gehry imagined an atrium that directyle connected with all exhibtion areas, in such a way that after contemplating the works in a determined wing, the visitor had to go back through the atrium to get to another area in the Museum. [3]

In Foundation of Louis Vuitton, Gehry made a clear approach for a phase of creative process in creating poetic of architecture called creative pregnancy phase stated by Antoniades in his book Poetics of Architecture. He was 84 years old when the building was opened and was praised by his patrons, collegue, and people who went for queing to enter his building. Christian Reyne, executive director, Fondation Louis Vuitton in chare of project management stated that the new approach in this project were new way of organizing the work called the “fundamentals phase.” This intermediary phase involved deciding on the main principle of the building’s conception notably the structural elements, the use of geothermal heating, and the distribution of fluids by means of radiant floors. It made it possible to fix certain parameters of construction in order to move the project forward without having to wait for the finalization of the studies. Reyner stated that the work was done in day to day basis with single 3d, and it has interactive period between architects , engineers, and general contractor which contributed to the factors in the project’s ultimate success. [4]

How can we measure this man ? When some design project he did it in effort to create inclusivist approach which dated back, some of the projects, he did it in minimum fee or even for free to enrich ‘take and give relationship between him and his patrons. Thats life when some of our life, we should dedicate it for others. I felt emphatic for this man of honour in architecture manipulation and the way of doing architecture as profession or as in his life especialy when it culminated in these two buildings that I had seen. That’s why we can call him master, or deconstructivist master or whoever you like smile emoticon who deconstructs profession, design as usual bringing future human creativity into such spiritual adventure eventhough he refused that label.

Before I could collect thoughts about what went right, I just burst into tears.

[1] Conversations with Frank Gehry, Barbara Isenberg,
[2] Trip by Realrich to Guggenheim in 2014
[3] Museum guggenheim Bilbao, Architect Frank O. Gehry’s Most Original Work
[Fondation Louis Vuitton, pp 122

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Finding Essence

“Negeri – negeri asia lainnya jauh lebih maju daripada Indonesia pada masa – masa sebelum perang dunia ke II. India telah dimahkotai hadiah nobel karena cerpen – cerpen Tagore. Singapure dan Malaya, serta Vietnam (ingat saja pada Perre Do – Din), tapi di masa sebelum perang dunia II itu, Indonesia baru menyumbangkan Hikayat Kancil, surat – surat Kartini, dan karya Multatuli yang notabene adalah pengarang Belanda.” [1]

Lalu bagaimana mengenai arsitektur Indonesia, apakah kita lebih maju ? Apakah kita kehilangan pondasi dalam berinovasi, sibuk melihat masa lalu, tanpa menatap masa depan. Lalu, pertanyaannya apakah kita sedang berarsitektur ke arah yang lebih baik ? lalu apakah nilai – nilai yang berpusat pada kebenaran itu semakin kuat mengakar dalam budaya berarsitektur kita, empati yang mendalam akan alam dan manusianya. Ataukah, kita terbutakan dalam keegoisan diri sendiri, dalam arsitektur itu tercerminkan jati diri satu karya, apakah ia pongah, apakah ia jujur, apakah ia sederhana, ataukah ia hanya bergelimang dalam kebombastisan materialistis. Arsitektur perlu untuk menjadi pencerahan, jawaban akan nilai – nilai kebaikan, kepuasan akan hidup yang lebih baik, mengajarkan menjadi manusia yang lebih baik, yang tadinya sombong menjadi lebih rendah hati, yang tadinya tidak menghargai alam, menjadi menghargai alam, itulah hakikat hidup kita yang sebentar ini, apalagi dengan profesi sebagai arsitek.

[1] Kutipan dari tulisan Pramodeya Ananta Toer dalam “Yang Harus Dibabat dan Harus Dibangun”, yang tulisannya ditampilkan dalam the wisdom of Pramodya Ananta Toer,disadur oleh Tofik Pram pp 45

 

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The Question of Good Tropical House ? Why and What ?

Tropical house was defined by location of house which was in tropical monsoon climate. Tropical monsoon climate is a condition of area which has temperature 18 degree celcius in every month of the whole year [1]. In Indonesia, The tropical climate is classified in we tropical monsoon climate which means In some instances, up to (and sometimes in excess of) 1,000 mm of precipitation is observed per month for two or more consecutive months. By understanding the context of tropical monsoon climate, we could understand why and what good tropical house is needed, basically it’s for far more creating energy efficient, far more comfortable space for living, far more improving quality of architecture of house in tropical monsoon climate, far more improving understanding of people that by having good design, we are doing far more sustainable practice.

Then, The question is what is the intervention, or design technique which is needed for tropical house. The question brought forward the discussion of criteria, condition of what’s good and how to achieve those conditions.

[1] McKnight, Tom L; Hess, Darrel (2000). “Climate Zones and Types: The Köppen System”. Physical Geography: A Landscape Appreciation. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. pg. 208.

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Sharing By David Hutama Critics in Architecture

My Friend, David Hutama shared his presentation about critics in architecture on 20th september in RAW studio. I’m very happy to have him to show the core of critics for evaluating architecture which will be a feedback process to create better solution, decision, especially for public building. The critics in architecture from his presentation divided by 4 general classification of way of criticizing by writing such as Critics by Historical approach, Formal approach, Ambiance[atmopherical] approach, Alignment[keberpihakan] approach [which he might not agree because in every approach there should be allignment which we should choose] the example : Jane Jacobs. lecture series - davud hutama-1 copy here is the explanation which i wrote for his presentation in RAW summer pavilion : RAW collaborated with UPH School of Design to provide long life learning process between Architects, Lecturer, fresh graduates, or even people who has interest in Architecture by establishing lecture series. The first lecture is about Working Ideas by Critics in Architecture “He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help.” ― Abraham Lincoln David Hutama will share lecture about working Ideas by critics in architecture. There were times when architecture changed because of paradigm breakdown just by nature of human, technology and civilisation. It established by success and failure. Critic which is a Greek derivation of the word κριτής (krités), meaning a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis, value judgment, interpretation or observation. Critic has the position to move public opinion because of his or her credibility, reputation, depth of analysis. Critics become complex because there are various skill which is needed such as history, precedents, or understanding elements of architecture which then judge one work in process creating excellence in working architecture. We invited students and fresh graduates for our mini lecture series or brown bag. It’s all about sharing working ideas by critics in architecture. It’s all discussing the possible answer of : 1) What or How is the core of critics in architecture ? 2) What is needed for preparing good critics to evaluate architecture/ design performance ? 3) What or How is the to establish opinion in architecture given by the reality ? 4) Why the critic is important ? or what is the ethic to maintain critical opinion ? David Hutama is chair department of UPH School of Design. After receiving his bachelor degree from Parahyangan University in the year 2000, he went to Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan, to pursue his master degree in History and Theory of Architecture. In 2005 he join Department of Architecture in Universitas Pelita Harapan. David was part of the steering committee team for Jakarta Architecture Biennale 2009 and Art Director for Rubber Wood Architecture Exhibition in 2010. In 2012 he worked as the curator of Place.Making Exhibition, an exhibition of Department of Architecture UPH at Dia.Lo.Gue Exhibition, Kemang. Together with Avianti Armand and Robin Hartanto co-edited ‘Home: a Studio Talk’, published by UPH Press. He was curator of Indonesia Pavilion in Venice Biennale 2014 The discussion will be held at RAW Office at 9.30 am on 20th September 2014 . The introduction will be followed by open discussion among participants. Kindly make your reservation to tatyana@raw.co.id or ilham@raw.co.id as soon as possible (seats are limited for 30 people) Thanks and see you !   visit the link here

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Bali – Canggu, Uluwatu, Ubud, Denpasar Trip

I just came back from Bali, beautiful island for site visiting. Hopefully, it will be very beautiful project.

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Ahmad Rida Soemardi

“Learn from me, for as I teach, I learn from you as well! Always be accountable to yourself and take complete responsibility for your own life. No one can do as much for you, as you can do for yourself…”
― James A. Murphy

Beliau datang di sidang ke 3 di masa – masa tugas akhir hampir 10 tahun yang lalu , di pertengahan jalan proses di tugas akhir, di tengah perjalanannya untuk menempuh PHD di Australia, ia pulang. Kita sendiri ada ber 4 dengan teman – teman satu kelompok yang lain, ada Nisa, Gamma, dan Herman dengan Pembimbing pribadi diri ini adalah pak Baskoro Tedjo. Pada waktu itu hari – hari  asistensi dengan beliau diisi dengan mencoba memecahkan kesulitan yang ada di bangunan lengkung yang bertabrakan dengan axis yang tegas. Kemudian beliau berkata, “saya tahu kamu pasti bisa, coba kamu lihat Christian De Pontzamparc.” Baru juga tahu ada arsitek yang bernama demikian, dan lebih merasa bersemangat karena beliau antusias dan yakin akan apa yang sedang dcari. Inilah satu titik awal, dimana kepercayaan diri itu mulai ada dalam perancangan tugas akhir.

Beliau pun ada ketika pada akhir sidang, semua sudah selesai, beliau menanyakan bagaimana perasaan setelah melewati sidang ini didepan penguji – penguji yang lain. Pada akhirnya beliau berdiri dan bertepuk tangan. Tidak pernah membayangkan bisa mendapatkan momentum seperti itu. Beliau pun ada ketika hari demi hari berdiskusi sebagai tempat untuk pulang. Beliau ada disitu. Begitupun ketika berpapasan, bersalaman bercanda gurau menjadi satu kebiasaan, ia selalu berkata, “I know you will do the best.”

Beliau juga ada pada saat diri ini meneruskan S2 di Australia, pak Tata meneruskan S3 dan diri ini  dengan S2. Ada juga saat – saat yang berkesan dimana kita diminta mbak Ade Tinamei untuk membuat video untuk ultah PSUD juga untuk pak Danisworo, berkeliling ke satu jurusan mencari Prof Jon Lang, Alex Tzanes, ataupun staff – staff yang lain untuk membuat jaringan baru.

Pada waktu itu, terkaget bukan kepalang diberi tahu satu adik di kantor bahwa, Pak Tata meninggal. Kesedihan pun datang. Beliau yang selalu ada untuk tempat pulang. Pak Tata sendiri ada pada waktu S2 di Sydney, sekitar seminggu satu kali biasa kami makan siang sambil ngobrol apapun, akademis ataupun pengalaman konyol sehari – hari. Dari situ beliau menempatkan dirinya sebagai satu pribadi yang penuh kehangatan. Pak Tata adalah satu pribadi yang suka untuk mendengarkan sekitarnya, sehingga terkadang- kadang ia tidak punya waktu untuk dirinya sendiri.

Kali ini Diri ini kembali tidak bisa hadir pada acara Tribute to Ahmad Rida Soemardi pada saat Artepolis kemarin karena ada hal yang benar – benar mendesak di Jakarta. Kali lain pun  tidak bisa menepati janji untuk bertemu dengan pak Tata dan berterima kasih untuk segala ilmu yang diberikannya, apalagi teladan sikap yang ditunjukkannya dengan tanpa kompromi. Tulisan ini dibuat untuk bisa berterima kasih terhadap pak Tata, ada usahanya dalam memberikan kebaikan terhadap orang lain, dan membuat terpacu untuk meneruskan yang baik yang sudah beliau rintis. Untuk meneruskan perjuangan pak Tata akan ketulusannya untuk mendidik dan berbuat tanpa pamrih. Pribadi ini adalah satu pribadi yang langka, seorang guru yang seutuhnya yang dicintai.

Tidak banyak orang yang bisa meledakkan semangat seseorang dalam berkarya, seperti seorang guru kepada muridnya, ia tidak berharap banyak, ia hanya berharap yang diajarkannya bisa diamalkan yang kalau – kalau memungkinkan untuk terbang tinggi dan beruntung bisa mendapatkan seorang guru seperti beliau. Terima kasih Pak Tata, tulisan ini hanya ingin membuat orang mengenal , dan meneruskan pengajaran Pak Tata, sama seperti apa yang akan coba teruskan apa yang sudah diajarkan.

There comes a point in your life when you realize who really matters, who never did, and who always will.
– Unknown

terima kasih juga untuk panitia Artepolis yang sudah berkerja sangat keras untuk meneruskan apa yang sudah dirintis oleh Pak Tata. Pak Aswin Indraprastha, Bu Indah Widiastuti, Indra, Reina, dkk [maaf tidak bisa menyebutkan satu persatu]

from : Reina's picture https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152583259119407&set=a.10152584872884407&type=1&theater
from : Reina’s picture https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152583259119407&set=a.10152584872884407&type=1&theater

ini foto dari Dania Pratiwi, Alma keponakan Pak Tata dalam acara Tribute to Pak Tata

https://www.facebook.com/raripratiwi/media_set?set=a.10152584872884407.510564406&type=3

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Summer Architecture Workshop – The Guild

“To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.” – Daniel Libeskind

Lyons Inn, the AA’s first home, http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/AALIFE/LIBRARY/aahistory.php
Lyons Inn, the AA’s first home, http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/AALIFE/LIBRARY/aahistory.php
Satu adik  bertanya mengenai apa maksudnya untuk membuat Summer Architecture Workshop 20 orang untuk mahasiswa yang dimulai dari July dan Agustus. Pikiran ini masuk ke dalam satu rasionalitas ini mungkin satu usaha menjembatani dunia praktik ke dalam pendidikan arsitektur. Teringat 5 orang dari universitas Gunadarma yang beberapa bulan lalu datang, tergambar mengenai bagaimana tingginya kemauan mereka untuk berkembang dan belajar arsitektur. Kita ingat ke belakang, Architecture association, Berlage Insitute, ataupun Bartlett School of Architecture. Sejarah Architectural Association menjelaskan bahwa :

The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, commonly referred to as the AA, is the oldest independent school of architecture in the UK and one of the most prestigious and competitive in the world. The Architectural Association was founded in London in 1847 by a group of young articled pupils as a reaction against the prevailing conditions under which architectural training could be obtained. Unlike continental models such as the French L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, which imparted a degree of state-direction and control on architectural education, Britain with its liberal democracy and traditional fear of powerful centralised government had adopted a system of articled pupilage, whereby large premiums were advanced to private architects in return for imparting an education and training. This practise was rife with vested interests and open to abuse, dishonesty and incompetence. Against this backdrop, correspondence from two articled pupils, Robert Kerr and Charles Gray (aged just 23 and 18, respectively) were published in the Builder of 1846 proposing that if the state could not interfere with the private interest of architects by providing a systematic course of training, then perhaps the students themselves could … An existing, small association of architectural draughtsmen was rapidly absorbed and the first formal meeting held under the name of the Architectural Association was subsequently held in May 1847 in the premises of one of the oldest of the Inns of Chancery, Lyons Inn. [1]

Ataupun Berlage Insitute

The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design—or “The Berlage” for short builds upon the legacy of the Berlage Institute, a groundbreaking educational-cultural platform for study, encounter, and debate that operated from 1990 to 2012. From its beginning in Aldo van Eyck’s restored orphanage building in Amsterdam, then more recently at J. J.P. Oud’s former bank building in Rotterdam, and now at its present-day home at the Delft University of Technology’s Faculty of Architecture, the Berlage continues to meet the challenges of globally oriented practice by expanding the range of education architects and urban designers receive and by redefining the methods, instruments, and approaches of research and design practice.[2]

Ataupun Workshop yang dilakukan oleh Bartlet

This year the Bartlett School of Architecture hosted again Leopold Primary School, a local school from Harlesden, north-west London, for a one-day creative workshop. Starting with a visit to the 2014 Bartlett Summer Show, the group of 10 and 11 year-old pupils explored and challenged their understanding of architecture and the built environment though a collective drawing exercise. Starting with their own private space at their home, expressed through the medium of a plan and a section, the children demonstrated their spatial awareness and their ability to translate their knowledge into a drawn form. After this they were encouraged to combine their experiences and ideas in a collective drawing, expanding the individual horizon and challenging their perception of private and public spaces. The exercise aimed to promote their own creativity, their sensibility towards the environment and to unlock a very personal approach in expressing their ideas through drawing and sketching. [3]

Pemilihan ketiganya mungkin berdasar bahwa ketiga sekolah tersebut memiliki kegelisahannya masing – masing yang merupakan reaksi dari kebutuhan untuk melekatkan keahlian berarsitektur dalam tatanan yang lebih kritis dimana AA School, Berlage Insitute, dan Bartlett School of architecture adalah sebuah reaksi dari kegelisahan akan pendidikan arsitektur yang lebih baik, yang dekat dengan keprofesian, dimana ada sistem terbuka yang terpusat pada kebutuhan mahasiswa untuk pendidikan arsitektur yang lebih baik. Pertanyaannya kemudian proses berarsitektur seperti apa yang mungkin bisa dijembatani, mungkin yang pertama adalah proses untuk menjembatani keragaman berpraktek dalam dialog yang intensif dan kritis antara kemampuan motoris dan sensorik dalam diri peserta workshop. Peserta summer workshop ini secara kebetulan ada dari berbagai macam universitas, ada yang dari ITS, ITB, Unpar, Petra, UGM ataupun dari Malaysia yaitu Malaya University. Dari hal tersebut, ada 4 hal utama yang mungkin bisa dibagi lebih lanjut, yaitu yang pertama, mengenai kemampuan motorik, berpikir melalui kemampuan menggambar, yang kedua memperluas keragaman cara pandang berarsitektur melalui pengetahun mengenai anteseden dan preseden yang terjadi dalam sejarah arsitektur ataupun dalam sesi diskusi antar peserta dan pembicara, Ivan dari NUS CSAC dan Rizki dari Office for Metropolitan Architecture Hongkong. Selanjutnya, bagaimana melakukan inovasi, terobosan dalam pergulatan perenungan desain pun bisa menjadi penting sebagai point ketiga. Yang terakhir yaitu bagaimana memahami dunia bisnis arsitektur, dan menariknya kepada pengertian bahwa arsitektur sebagai satu disiplinyang memiliki keterkaitan dengan pergerakan displin ilmu lainnya. Untuk itu di perlukan satu paviliun, karena keterbatasan tempat yang ada. Satu hal yang diuji coba yaitu bentuk lengkung yang sederhana.Diri ini  melihat – lihat pavilion yang sudah dibuat oleh Architecture Association dan ETH dengan tinggi 2.5 m dan lebar 11 m.

http://www.archdaily.com/221650/pavilion-emtech-aa-eth/

Kemudian Metropole Parasol yang didesain oleh J. Mayer H. Architects pun bisa menjadi satu hal yang bisa dijadikan best practice  untuk mendasari pergerakan para rasionalis berpikir dalam menghasilkan satu bentuk yang natural. Dengan konteks dalam melihat jumlah orang yang ada sekitar 12 – 30 orang dengan keterbatasan tempat yang ada sekitar lebar 2.5 m dan panjang 11 m memerlukan satu bentuk yang sederhana yang memecahkan masalah fungsional yang ada ditambah dengan keinginan bentuk yang dinamis. kriterianya bisa jadi modular, bisa dipindah – pindah, dan dikerjakan oleh tukang dalam waktu 2 minggu, tentunya dengan biaya yang seefisien mungkin. Oleh karena itu bentuk yang diambil adalah bentuk yang simpel, kurva catenary sederhana yang ditopang oleh berat materialnya sendiri yang dikonstruksi oleh tukang kayu dengan berat yang seringan mungkin. Satu bentuk lengkung dengan sambungan baut yang terdiri dari berpuluh – puluh kotak 2 tipe kotak yang modular. Lalu apa ? semoga bisa membawa kebaikan untuk mahasiswa yang mau belajar lebih baik lagi disini termasuk untuk diri ini sendiri.

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

prefab plywood
prefab plywood
Credit to my team who help to make this happen all, especially  : Tatyana Kusumo, Apriady Satria Triwardhana, including the poster, thank you folks.  Thank you for Ivan Nasution and Rizki Supratman for sharing material for the workshop

Bibliography

1. http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/AALIFE/LIBRARY/aahistory.php

2. http://www.theberlage.nl/institute/history

3. http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/architecture/news/bartlett-young-architects-workshopScreen Shot 2014-07-29 at 12.22.54 AM