Secretive – The Guild

Setiap pojok di The Guild adalah cerita tentang proses yang terjadi, perubahan tempat, konstruksi, penambahan konstruksi yang seringkali ditandai dengan mutilasi terhadap bentuk – bentuk yang terjadi dengan tujuan eksperimentasi untuk membuat teknik yang semakin ringan, mudah dan murah.

Sudah sekitar hampir 2 tahun diri ini tidak menulis di catatan Mayonnaise Jar, salah satu alasannya adalah membutuhkan waktu untuk mengorientasikan titik awal. Titik awal adalah sebuah proses dimana perlu untuk mereposisikan kembali tujuan untuk menjalani kehidupan sehari – hari yang dilakukan. Setelah 2 tahun ini, baru kali ini bisa memiliki jeda di dalam praktek. Di dalam reposisi tersebut pasti ada hal – hal yang dihindari memutuskan untuk mulai fokus untuk area- area yang menjadi kegembiraan dan kebahagiaan. Laurensia pun sibuk membantu di studio untuk mengatur manajemen studio di sela – sela kesibukannya sebagai dokter gigi. Miraclerich pun mengalami perubahan yang pesat dari 2 tahun menuju 4 tahun, ia sudah bisa mengatur dirinya sendiri, buang air, belajar, mandi ia mencoba untuk mandiri dan tidak bergantung dari kami. Miraclerich sudah bisa mulai makan sendiri dan mulai tidak merepotkan mamanya meskipun ia masih belum bisa tidur sendiri. Dan kakinya masih suka menendang kepala yang seringkali membangunkan di pagi – pagi subuh yang berguna untuk mengingatkan untuk memiliki saat teduh di pagi hari.

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Perubahan di dalam pekerjaan ini ditandai dengan mulai nampak proyek – proyek dengan klien – klien yang sungguh menghargai apa yang sedang dikerjakan. Hal lain juga terlihat dari selesainya 4 buku RAW Architecture : The Guild, Dancer House, Tectogram, Methodgram yang membantu reposisi titik awal tersebut ke titik yang baru dimana evaluasi beberapa teori yang berbeda bisa dilakukan yakni teori yang membentuk titik awal (origin), teori mengenai penggubahan ruang, teori mengenai tektonika, dan teori mengenai metode desain. ke 4 buku tersebut saya tulis bersama Anas Hidayat, seoarang dalang dari Surabaya. Di titik ini tidak dibutuhkan drama – drama di dalam proyek yang memang tidak perlu. Dengan keseharian yang ada sekarang kebahagiaan bisa dirasakan dengan keseharian bersama laurensia, miracle, dan kawan – kawan sedulur dan beberapa kawan yang bisa langsung dekat meski baru kenal.
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Setiap pojok di The Guild adalah cerita tentang proses yang terjadi, perubahan tempat, konstruksi, penambahan konstruksi yang seringkali ditandai dengan mutilasi terhadap bentuk – bentuk yang terjadi dengan tujuan eksperimentasi untuk membuat teknik yang semakin ringan, mudah dan murah. Mutilasi adalah sebuah daya eksperimen yang berani untuk memotong, menambah, merubah ulang desain yang sudah terkotak – kotak di dalam iterasi sebelumnya. Mutilasi ini adalah tahap adaptasi total, itulah tahap dimana proses pembuatan karya di antara tegangan industri dan tradisional dimana terciptalah komposisi material natural fiber dan material industri. Proses ini membutuhkan kerelaan untuk menciptakan iterasi dari proses konsep sampai keterbangunan di dalam lingkaran untuk terus belajar dan bereksperimen. The Guild adalah representasi komposisi adaptasi total dengan permainan berbagai material yang berbeda – beda yang dikonstruksikan untuk semakin ringan, mudah, murah.

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Ada beberapa hal yang saya sangat banggakan di dua tahun ini. Dua tahun ini saya mencoba mencarikan pekerjaan untuk tim pengrajin saya asli Sumedang dan akhirnya berhasil dengan adanya klien – klien yang tertarik untuk bereksperimen. Memang sulit mencari klien yang mau melakukan eksperimen. Saya terkadang mendapatkan proyek renovasi – renovasi kecil untuk mereka selama proyek eksperimen bisa terus dilakukan di tahun pertama, terkadang kami harus mmembantu dapur tukang – tukang kami supaya bisa menyambung hidup. Ada yang keluarganya sakit, ada yang anaknya sakit. Terkadang di dalam pekerjaan juga tidak mudah, banyak juga yang menunggu – nunggu saya, sedangkan saya terkadang masih membutuhkan waktu untuk berpikir.
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Hal yang lain daerah The Guild, ada di perbatasan Jakarta dan Tangerang berada di lokasi yang cukup jauh dari pusat keramaian. Keramaian yang paling dekat adalah tetangga yang membuka warung kopi sederhana. Lokasi yang terpencil ini membuat The Guild menjadi sebuah tempat yang tersembunyi, tempat yang sempurna untuk saya bisa menarik nafas sejenak dari hiruk pikuknya Jakarta. Daerah ini adalah daerah yang cukup rawan sejak proses konstruksi, seringnya laptop hilang, motor hilang, penjambretan, rumah kemalingan, pencurian alat bangunan sering terjadi. Oleh karena itu dinding yang ada di the guild relatif tinggi. Oleh karena itu di sebelahnya diletakkan perpustakaan anak yang tanpa dinding, tempat ini ada tempat rekonsiliasi ulang dimana dengan adanya banyak anak – anak berkunjung, keamanan dan rajutan sosial akan tumbuh. Program – program berbagi buku terus kami lakukan dan semoga bisa makin membesar dengan banyaknya buku yang dibagikan dan dibaca oleh anak – anak.

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Di antara seluruh hal – hal baik yang terjadi, Di titik ini fokus berkarya dibutuhkan, melakukan eksperimen – eksperimen arsitektur, mengevaluasi diri melalui spekulasi- spekulasi teori, menjelajah banyak hal yang perlu masih perlu disempurnakan. Di saat ini waktu untuk diri sendiri dibutuhkan supaya bisa melayani lebih baik, oleh karena itu The Guild adalah sebuah tempat yang bisa mewadahi untuk bersembunyi atau ngumpet. Sayup – sayup suara Miraclerich terdengar “papa ya kerja terus , ayo makan ! ” ^^

2 0 2 0 – Perjalanan Mencinta, Hidupku Hidup Kita…

“fokus pada tujuan hidupmu, kamu tidak akan punya waktu untuk menilai kejelekan orang lain. Jangan sampai kesibukanmu menilai kualitas orang lain membuatmu lupa akan kualitas dirimu. fokus pada diri sendiri dalam beribadah, bekerja dan untuk terus menerus bebenah menjadi positif. Semoga kita menjadi lebih baik dan lebih bermanfaat.”

“Brakkk !!!” Satu pohon kamboja di courtyard The Guild roboh, pohon ini roboh karena kemarin saya meminta pak Darwat supaya tanahnya bisa diratakan, karena rumputnya akan diganti kerikil untuk mempermudah perawatan. Tinggi kerikil yang cukup tebal 25 cm, membuat genangan air tidak terpapar oleh sinar UV. Ketebalan kerikil tersebut mengakibatkan permukaan kerikil selalu kering dan bersih. permukaan kerikil tersebut juga mengakibatkan plaza yang ada di tengah – tengah The Guild bisa digunakan lebih fleksibel tanpa becek, lembap, dan selalu kering. Kursi – kursi bisa diletakkan begitu saja tanpa takut kaki – kaki kursi kotor tertanam tanah. Besok pohon kamboja yang rubuh tersebut akan ditarik dan diberikan penahan supaya bisa tetap berdiri tegak. Ternyata dedaunan pohon tersebut juga terlalu lebat sehingga perlu dipotong, dan dirapihkan. Saya belajar bahwa di balik keringnya dan bersihnya kerikil yang ada, tersedia jaringan pembuangan yang dipikirkan supaya air tidak tergenang. Di balik rubuhnya pohon yang ada di tengah The Guild, ternyata ada pembelajaran yang signifikan
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Proses pemotongan tersebut identik dengan proses perapihan keseharian mengorganisasi kehidupan sehari – hari. Dimulai dari barang – barang di sekitar saya sehari hari. Seringkali saya menata file buku supaya teratur meskipun rak yang didesain belum selesai dibuat. Dari pengaturan hal – hal yang kecil tersebut, saya belajar untuk bisa fokus. fokus ke hal penting di hidup kita ^^ tanpa perlu melihat orang lain. Hal tersebut sejalan dengan apa yang dipercaya oleh Alfred Adler bahwa setiap orang membentuk karakternya melalui pengalamannya, dan membentuk masa depannya melalui intepretasi masa depannya sendiri seperti apabila kamu menginginkan sesuatu sebegitu kuatnya maka semesta akan terbuka untukmu.
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Di awal – awal tahun 20 20. Saya berkata pada diri saya sendiri untuk “fokus pada tujuan hidupmu, kamu tidak akan punya waktu untuk menilai kejelekan orang lain. Jangan sampai kesibukanmu menilai kualitas orang lain membuatmu lupa akan kualitas dirimu. fokus pada diri sendiri dalam beribadah, bekerja dan untuk terus menerus bebenah menjadi positif. Semoga kita menjadi lebih baik dan lebih bermanfaat.” Baru kemarin saya bertemu dengan bu Tresnowati, beliau orang yang mengajarkan saya membuat core high rise tower dengan baik. Di tahun 2003 saya ingat saya duduk di belakang dia pada saya magang di Atelier 6 Arsitek. Kemarin adalah saat – saat saya menggali informasi mengenai Pak Adhi Moersid, Pak Yuswadi Saliya, dan bagaimana ekosistem Atelier 6 bekerja. Saya berharap bahwa ada sesuatu yang bisa saya berikan untuk mereka. Perbincangan mengarah ke bagaimana Bu Tresnowati memiliki arsip yang detail mengenai Taman Ismail Marzuki dan bagaimana relasi antar personal di dalam proyek yang berjalan bertahun – tahun. Hal tersebut menggarisbawahi bahwa berpraktek di Indonesia, mengerjakan bangunan dengan ruang studio yang memiliki standar internasional tidak mudah dan membutuhkan jam terbang yang solid.
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Laurensia dan Miraclerich mengingatkan tentang berjalan berdua – dua. Di dalam tahun yang baru 2020, dua nol dua nol, adalah sebuah tahun untuk berdua – dua, bersama – sama, dari dua menjadi puluhan, dari dua menghasilkan kesempurnaan (0) oleh karena itu ingatlah dari diri sendiri kita berdua – dua lalu karya besar akan lahir. Di dalam saya berintepretasi di tahun 2 0 2 0, ayah saya memberikan celetukan. “Jangan lupa cari ilmu , uang, dan dharma, tiada ketiganya, kamu ngga bisa berbuat lebih.” Celetukan beliau sungguh mendasar dan saya belajar untuk selalu mendengarkan dia. Jadi sebelum berdua – dua, cukuplah akan diri sendiri sebelum mengajak orang lain berjalan bersama.
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Genapilah dirimu sendiri barulah matahari bersinar mengajak pasanganmu untuk mencinta dan awalilah perjalanan 2020 penuh kasih, yuk mari berjalan.
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Boonserm Premthada

Semua orang bisa berbicara banyak melalui kata, namun arsitek berbicara melalui karya. Karya yang dalam berbicara melalui dirinya sendiri, kemudian arsitek meletakkan dirinya di dalam sepatu orang lain.

Beberapa bulan ini saya berusaha mencari teman untuk bisa berdiskusi mengenai arsitektur. Arsitektur di dalam pikiran saya adalah sebuah disiplin yang perlu untuk diperjuangkan dan dihayati yang dimulai dari hal yang kecil yang kemudian menjadi besar, merubah orang yang menempatinya termasuk merubah arsiteknya sendiri. satu karya menuju satu karya yang lainnya. Kualitas ditentukan bukan oleh berapa banyaknya kuantitas yang dikerjakan, kualitas diatas kuantitas. Kualitas pun tidak berbanding lurus dengan kepopuleran satu karya tersebut, penilaian satu karya terhadap yang lain muncul dari kekuatan proses pembuatannya. Hal tersebut yang seringkali membuat saya berdecak kagum karena semangat perubahan, semangat kejujuran, semangat untuk tampil dalam semangat eksperimen tanpa takut salah. Arsitek itu adalah manusia yang seharusnya tampil jujur, apa adanya.
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Melalui Boonserm dan karyanya saya mendapatkan refleksi dari diskusi kita, saya berusaha merefleksikan pembicaraan kita, energi yang besar, keberanian yang besar, yang membuat refleksi terhadap proses untuk terus berbagi ke orang lain untuk menikmati karya yang mampu berbicara dari hati. Semua orang bisa berbicara banyak melalui kata, namun arsitek berbicara melalui karya. Karya yang dalam berbicara melalui dirinya sendiri, kemudian arsitek meletakkan dirinya di dalam sepatu orang lain. Begitu Ia melihat perbedaan violet le duc terhadap john ruskin. Seketika itulah manifestasi antara konteks, teori, metodologi, implementasi menjadi satu kesatuan. Sungguh sebuah titik yang saya apresiasi. Keterbukaan, semangat untuk berbagi, kejujuran dalam berbuat berpikir dan membentuk masa yang sekarang membuat boonserm ada di konteks yang sekarang.
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Keesokan harinya kami berangkat ke Kantana untuk melihat karyanya. Di dalam karya Kantana ia mengkonstruksi axis yang merupakan jalan masuk dengan bebatuan kerikil, kerikil yang ada tidak basah dan kering. Jalan itu memiliki drainase yang baik. Vista diciptakan dari bentuk bata yang disusun menyerupai candi yang membelah zona – zona yang berbeda. Keesokan harinya, bersama Nantapon, kita menuju karyanya selanjutnya yaitu sebuah pavilion yang memiliki fungsi restaurant, bangunan disini memiliki komposisi tektonika yang meredefiniskan tektonika tangga dan tampak kotak – kotak yang terletak di dalam sebuah kubus yang tersusun di dalam rangka yang dibungkus material triplek. Tangga tersebut menghubungkan mezanine dengan lantai dasar.setelah itu kami berjalan kaki ke bangunan sebelahnya terdapat bangunan yang sedang dibangun konstruksi yang sedang berjalan yang juga didesain oleh Boonserm. Bangunan itu menggunakan konstruksi glasblock yang ditutup sisinya oleh kayu lokal. Antar glassblock di perkuat dengan sambungan besi. Konstruksinya seperti kertas yang dilipat dan duduk di atas konstruksi beton. Setiap massa dipecah yang dihubungkan dengan jembatan, didalam massa tersebut terdapat solid void plat lantai yang menhubungkan secara visual axis dari satu massa menuju massa yang lain, menghadap ke pepohonan dan sungai.
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Di era sosial media yang begitu cepat, karya arsitektur bukanlah soal jumlah like dan follower tapi adalah soal totalitas menjalani hidup sabatikal yang penuh pengabdian. Seringkali jalannya adalah jalan yang sunyi dan apabila ia menjadi jalan yang ramai biarkan kita membagikan kebaikan untuk orang lain dengan jujur apa adanya. Satu kali ini saya akan berdoa untuk boonserm untuk kebaikan yang dibagikannya ,termasuk untuk saya sendiri yang melewati doa ruang dan waktu. Hidup hanya sementara jalani dengan sungguh- sungguh. Pertemuan kami ditutup dengan sebuah pelukan untuk pesan untuk jangan pernah menyerah.
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Ekonomi, sosial, lingkungan, manusia membentuk konteks – lahir arsitektur. Pribadi yang sederhana, bertemu orang – orang yang sederhana membuat kembali belajar. Boomserm membuat komposisi kantana dan dua karya lain yang saya kunjungi . Pendekatannya adalah pendekatan yang apa adanya. Arsitektur adalah karya yang memberkati klien, pengguna.
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Di akhir perjalanan, Nantapon mengundang saya ke Samsen Hotel karya dari Chat Pong. Disitu istri dari Boonserm akan menyajikan dansa Zumba. satu dibalik tarian zumba di satu sisi di depan bangunan hotel, saya melihat ada boonserm, ada nantapon disitu ada murid- murid ada teman2 mereka dan saya melihat ada semangat persaudaraan untuk saling mendukung. Kualitas yang jujur dan jarang ditemui. Boonserm mengajak saya berbicara ke satu sudut ruangan dan ia bercerita mengenai perjalanan hidupnya di dalam arsitektur. Satu diskusi tersebut merubah persepsi saya mengenai sebuah arti di dalam menjadi arsitek. Bahwa kita harus berjarak untuk bisa menilai, kita harus tekun untuk berproses, kita harus terus melayani sekitar kita. Ciptakanlah karya yang tumbuh dari tanah.
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Photo of Boonserm’s work, I always touched by humbleness and openness, there come honesty and strong body of work.
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Sebuah Catatan untuk Pameran Menjadi Arsitek dan Kelas Keprofesian UPH 2017

Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary ArchitSeringkali saya tertidur untuk kemudian terjaga di saat subuh dan kemudian membayangkan apa yang akan dialami murid – murid saya, apakah mereka akan belajar dari materi ini, ataupun sebaliknya, tidur di kelas karena materi ini begitu membosankan. Seperti itulah setiap satu hari di dalam satu minggunya, dari petang menuju dini hari, belajar untuk mengajar, dan mengajar untuk belajar, setiap perputaran iterasi desain, ada kehidupan didalamnya.ects ditulis oleh Rafael Moneo atas dasar ketertarikannya akan dunia teori arsitektur, ia memberikan interpretasi dan analisis terhadap beberapa karya arsitek berdasarkan inovasi teknologi, pendekatan design, dan teori yang dituliskan untuk menjelaskan karya mereka sendiri seperti James Stirling, Robert Venturi, Aldo Rossi, Peter Eisenman, Alvaro Siza, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, dan Herzog De Meuron. Pada akhirnya Moneo memberikan justifikasi bahwa keseluruhan teori itu tidaklah bisa diaplikasi dengan generalisasi yang bulat – bulat, namun justru kesetiap karya yang didesain oleh arsitek – arsiteknya perlu dilihat lebih detail tanpa perlu terperangkap dalam teori – teori yang digunakan arsitek bersangkutan.

Saya menulis “Ini adalah buku anak – anak didik saya yang akan diluncurkan minggu depan tanggal 16 dilengkapi dengan pameran dengan judul menjadi arsitek di omah library, ada total 59 buku dengan 59 penulis dilengkapi dengan no isbn yang diregistrasi di perpustakaan nasional. Pada waktu pertama, diminta anis dan pak ferry untuk mengisi kelas keprofesian di kampus UPH, ya ok isinya tentang materi keprofesian, namun yang terpenting adalah bagaimana bisa mengetahui tentang keprofesian kalau tidak mencintai profesi ini. Buku ini adalah tentang cinta anak – anak ini terhadap arsitektur dan profesinya, melihat tata laku dan kerumitannya di dalam tulisan yang personal. Mereka 59 orang harapan kita, akan berpameran di omah library yang disiapkan oleh tim omah, dengan kurasi bersama anas hidayat, bangkit mandela , rifandi septiawan nugroho dan saya. Pameran dimulai tanggal 16 desember – awal januari 2018. Kita doakan semoga mereka semakin semangat dan termotivasi ya. ” 

selesai menulis ini, saya tersenyum, dan merasakan kebahagiaan, “fullfilment”

Sudah 3 hari ini saya meluangkan waktu dari senja hari begitu selesai bekerja untuk mempersiapkan pameran anak – anak didik saya di keprofesian UPH. Saya ingat bertemu teman lama untuk mendengarkan dirinya bercerita bahwa Theoretical Anxiety yang di tulis oleh Rafael Moneo akan sangatlah tidak mungkin untuk diajarkan di bangku S1. Mungkin yang dimaksud bukanlah tidak mungkin, namun dalam pikiran saya, perlu dikontekstualkan, atau disesuaikan dengan keadaan mahasiswa yang diajar, siapa dia, darimana asalnya, pernah mengambil mata kuliah apa saja, dan apa jati dirinya. Penyesuaian – penyesuaian tersebut menjadi penting seperti satu lokasi desain dimana pada awal hanyalah ada satu lahan lalu kemudian arsitektur muncul dengan kecantikannya bahwa tidak pernah ada sesuatu yang tidak mungkin. Oleh karena itu, kesadaran akan apa saja yang diketahui menjadi penting, dimana proses pembelajaran pastinya untuk menambah kosa kata dalam memahami kompleksitas, kerumitan, ketidakterdugaan profesi arsitek dimana nanti orang setelah melalui proses belajar, akan lebih mudah untuk beradaptasi secara sengaja atau naluriah.

Sudah 4 bulan saya bersama anak – anak ini dengan jati diri mereka yang unik – unik. Masing – masing punya mimpi untuk bisa sukses, dimana mereka memiliki memori masa lalunya. Ketika saya diminta Pak Ferry dan Anis untuk mengajarkan mereka untuk keprofesian arsitek, saya mencoba untuk menemukan kegelisahan apa yang akan membuat kelas ini signifikan untuk pembelajaran murid – muridnya. Pembelajaran tentang bagaimana menjadi manusia yang memiliki keterbatasan profesi yang mengetahui tata laku, batasan, norma, kesepakatan umum di dunia menjadi penting. Yang saya takutkan adalah kita semua membuang – buang waktu bersama, tidak belajar, tidak tertarik, malah semakin apatis terhadap murid – murid, terhadap pengajarnya.

Theoretical Anxiety and Design Strategies in the Work of Eight Contemporary Architects ditulis oleh Rafael Moneo atas dasar ketertarikannya akan dunia teori arsitektur, ia memberikan interpretasi dan analisis terhadap beberapa karya arsitek berdasarkan inovasi teknologi, pendekatan design, dan teori yang dituliskan untuk menjelaskan karya mereka sendiri seperti James Stirling, Robert Venturi, Aldo Rossi, Peter Eisenman, Alvaro Siza, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, dan Herzog De Meuron. Pada akhirnya Moneo memberikan justifikasi bahwa keseluruhan teori itu tidaklah bisa diaplikasi dengan generalisasi yang bulat – bulat, namun justru kesetiap karya yang didesain oleh arsitek – arsiteknya perlu dilihat lebih detail tanpa perlu terperangkap dalam teori – teori yang digunakan arsitek bersangkutan.

Semua orang pasti ingin dihargai dan ingin sukses dalam kehidupan. Dihargai karena garis tangannya seperti itu apa adanya dan sukses karena berkecukupan materi dan batin sehingga menjadi manusia yang bahagia. [1] . Saya terus saja berpikir bahwa waktu kita di dunia ini tidaklah lama, setiap momentumnya adalah momentum untuk memberikan yang terbaik karena waktu tidak pernah kembali, dan semuanya pasti akan berakhir. Di dalam 4 bulan yang untuk saya ini beratnya bukan main, setiap minggu adalah minggu untuk kembali ke tumpukan buku yang begitu banyak. Seringkali saya tertidur untuk kemudian terjaga di saat subuh dan kemudian membayangkan apa yang akan dialami murid – murid saya, apakah mereka akan belajar dari materi ini, ataupun sebaliknya, tidur di kelas karena materi ini begitu membosankan. Seperti itulah setiap satu hari di dalam satu minggunya, dari petang menuju dini hari, belajar untuk mengajar, dan mengajar untuk belajar, setiap perputaran iterasi desain, ada kehidupan didalamnya.

Matahari terbit di pagi hari, membawa diri ini bangun lebih pagi dari biasa, hari ini adalah pembukaan pameran, saya berjalan di lorong pameran perpustakaan, memastikan bahwa semua panel tertempel dengan baik, dan 59 buku tersusun dengan rapih, dan saya pun merasa ini adalah sebuah kehormatan untuk diberikan kesempatan bertemu dan membimbing murid – murid saya ini. Kalian luar biasa!

catatan :

[1] Hal ini digaris bawahi oleh Robert Greene dalam bukunya Mastery, bahwa setiap orang perlu belajar mengenai bagaimana menjaga pikiran yang orisinal yang ia sebut Original Mind, dan  menyesuaikan terhadap bagaimana kita harus menghadapi orang – orang di sekitar kita yang dialami sehari – hari yang ia sebut Conventional Mind. Kombinasi dari keduanya ia sebut dimensional mind.

[2] Pembahasan mengenai Theoritical Anxiety di tulis khusus di dalam buku qualities of perception yang ditulis oleh Jeffrey Kipnis.

[x] cover by Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii at Carnegie Hall his own composition “Elegy for the Victims of the Tsunami

36th Birthday

Laurensia kan mempersiapkan miracle untuk mandi, bersekolah, ke bank, menjemput sekolah, beristirahat, membuat laporan, dan berpraktek, sampai kami bertemu kembali pada waktu makan malam. Oleh karena itu, saya berpikir hal hal sederhana seperti ini, sudah sangat indah untuk dijalani, dan saya sangat bersyukur bisa ditemani oleh istri yang luar biasa baik dan cantik luar dan dalam.

Laurensia kemarin baru berulang tahun ia sekarang berumur 36 tahun. Setiap hari kami bangun pagi – pagi, terkadang jam 5, ataupun jam 6 pagi. Miracle akan bangun sesudahnya untuk meminta digendong ke ruang keluarga kami. Terkadang saya meminta untuk ia jalan sendiri, dari situlah saya percaya nilai kemandirian akan terbentuk. Miracle sekarang sudah berumur 2 tahun lebih, anak berumur 2 tahun, belajar sangat cepat, menyerap dari sekitar cepat sekali, ia meniru, dan disitulah ia akan mencontoh dari sekitarnya, terutama dari orang tuanya dimana kadang – kadang saya pun tidak bisa memiliki semua jawaban dari sebegitu banyak pertanyaan, dan tidak bisa memberikan contoh dari sebegitu banyak keragu – raguan. Dalam perjalanan kami, di setiap saat – saat penting, namanya juga manusia, kadang – kadang timbul keragu – raguan dalam pengambilan keputusan – keputusan. Disitulah saya bertanya ke Laurensia, sebagai penentu terakhir apakah jalan ini sudah benar adanya. Seorang ibu adalah jantung hati keluarga, Roxana Waterson, menggarisbawahi perbedaaan tradisi austronesia mengenai rumah sebagai rahim, ibu adalah sentral dari keluarga dengan ibaratnya, dapur tempat makanan itu disiapkan, Waktu – waktu Laurensia dihabiskan untuk mengatur bagaimana keluarga kami menjalankan aktifitas sehari – hari. saya akan bangun cukup pagi setiap harinya, terkadang menyiapkan daftar dan menggambar untuk dibagikan ke anak – anak studio. Laurensia kan mempersiapkan miracle untuk mandi, bersekolah, ke bank, menjemput sekolah, beristirahat, membuat laporan, dan berpraktek, sampai kami bertemu kembali pada waktu makan malam. Oleh karena itu, saya berpikir hal hal sederhana seperti ini, sudah sangat indah untuk dijalani, dan saya sangat bersyukur bisa ditemani oleh istri yang luar biasa baik dan cantik luar dan dalam.

Hai kawan kita ini manusia biasa… catatan di penghujung tahun 2017

Untuk kawan lama, sahabat kita akan bertemu kembali, suatu waktu di suatu tempat, suka atau tidak suka dalam mimpi dan realitas, dalam ambisi dan kerendahan hati. Pada saat pertemuan nanti, akankah dirimu masih jujur dengan dirimu sendiri, ataukah hanya topeng – topeng yang terlihat seakan – akan dirimu adalah orang yang lain. Yang saya yakini, tidak ada orang lain, topeng itu hanyalah representasi dari diri kita sendiri, sahabat dan teman yang datang dalam satu waktu di satu tempat adalah cerminan dari diri kita yang terdalam, ia akan berjabat tangan, dan memeluk sebagai pertanda bahwa dirimu masih manusia biasa. Oleh karena tersenyumlah, kita ini sama – sama manusia biasa.

Satu orang di depan saya pada waktu itu adalah seseorang yang terkenal, ia adalah fresh graduate dari universitas ternama di Amerika, namanya Diastika ia terkenal karena kepiawaiannya menyanyi. “kak tau ngga dia itu artis” kalimat itu sudah saya dengar berkali – kali dari staff -staff yang bekerja di kantor , dan kehebohan satu kantor karena kedatangan orang di depan saya ini karena citranya atau Imagenya yang memang sudah terbentuk di dunia maya dan nyata. “Apaan sih kalian.” saya biasa menjawab seperti itu, karena menurut saya hal tersebut tidaklah penting sama sekali.

Saya melihat anak ini antusias untuk belajar arsitektur melalui presentasinya mengenai portfolio yang dibawanya dan sudah dilayoutnya dengan apik di atas kertas A3. Setelah mendengar presentasinya, ada 2 hal yang saya sampaikan , pertama lokasi rumahnya yang cukup jauh dari kantor, sehingga menyebabkan waktu pulang pergi setiap harinya akan menghabiskan waktu dan energi, mengingat kondisi kemacetan di Jakarta pada jam – jam khusus. Kedua, saya kemudian mencoba untuk mereferensikan satu senior arsitek yang sangat terkenal karena lokasinya yang relatif dekat dengan tempat tinggalnya di daerah selatan. Jujur saya berpikir, setiap orang pasti ingin dihargai, namun ketika seseorang dihargai bukan karena apa yang melekat pada kulit atau citra dirinya, namun dihargai akan jati dirinya, maka itu adalah penghargaan tertinggi. Untuk saya orang didepan saya itu, dia hanyalah manusia biasa yang juga ingin berkembang maju menjadi arsitek yang dihargai karena ia arsitek yang memiliki bakat menyanyi juga, bukan hanya dihargai karena image atau citra yang terbentuk. Diastika adalah satu orang yang sudah mengetahui bahwa ia membutuhkan simbol, dan jalan untuk bisa menemukan kesuksesannya.

Sudah satu dua tahun terakhir ini, saya dikelilingi orang – orang yang berkembang bersama – sama dengan saya, mereka membantu saya dalam membesarkan studio yang sudah saya rintis. Saya melihat potensi yang besar dalam diri mereka, mereka membantu untuk memberikan yang terbaik kepada diri mereka sendiri, saya bersyukur atas seluruh kerja keras dan proses yang tidaklah mudah dalam tugas pekerjaan yang dilakukan sehari – hari. Ada yang pergi ada yang datang, setiap hari pun kita bertemu orang yang baru atau kawan lama. Tidaklah ada yang istimewa dalam kehidupan kita. Namun apa yang membuat kehidupan ini begitu istimewa adalah bagaimana kita sendiri merasakan bahwa diri kita ini berkembang setiap saatnya dan penghargaan akan satu sama lain bahwa karakter manusia itu memang unik – unik. Kemudian keseluruhan kehidupan ini akan membuat kita berkontemplasi mengenai keberadaan kita, suka atau tidak suka saat itu akan tiba, dan begitu saat itu tiba, gelap akan datang untuk menyosong matahari yang akan terbit di keesokan harinya.

Banyak hal yang sudah dialami anak – anak muda sekarang ini, banyak juga yang dipelajarinya, dalam rentang waktu yang tidak sebentar dan juga tidak lama. Lama dan sebentar hanya dirinya yang tahu. Namun anak – anak sekarang belajar lebih cepat, generasi yang lebih muda, bekerja lebih cepat, berkembang lebih cepat. Banyak yang bilang itu instan, ya saya tidak percaya, ya memang berbeda toh teknologi, apresiasi, dan semangatnya juga berbeda. Berbeda itu bukan berarti menurun, hanya saja berbeda. Malcom Gladwell mengangkat fenomena seperti ini yang dinamakan matthew effect bahwa semua rejeki itu sudah ditakar, ditentukan, diberikan sebelum kita lahir, kita semua memiliki sebuah latar belakang, keluarga kita, pertemanan ayah dan ibu kita, ataupun perjumpaan yang mungkin terlihat kecil yang mempengaruhi bagaimana kita mendapatkan klien, bersosialisasi dengan orang lain. [1]

Kalau pernah membaca tulisan Paulo Coelho didalam novel yang ditulisnya The Alchemist, ia menggaris bawahi 3 tipe seorang manusia. Tipe pertama adalah orang yang tidak tahu bagaimana untuk sukses, ia bingung dan ragu – ragu dalam menempuh jalan hidupnya. Tipe kedua adalah orang yang mencoba mencari tahu cara untuk sukses, ia juga bingung dan ragu – ragu dalam hidupnya. Tipe ketiga adalah orang yang tidak mengerti cara untuk sukses, ia tidak ragu – ragu, ia sukses. [2] Ketika keinginan kamu begitu besarnya maka semesta akan menuju ke arahmu dan membuka jalan. Namun jiwa – jiwa di dunia ini akan menantangmu, menguji kamu, seberapa siap kamu akan mimpi yang kamu inginkan. Karakter Santiago di dalam novel ini, menggambarkan pribadi yang sedang di dalam perjalanan untuk mengenali dirinya sendiri di dalam pusaran ia dan orang lain, berkelana ke banyak tempat di dunia. Hidup kita ini seperti di tengah perjalanan, dan perjalanan itu adalah perjalanan milikmu, milikmu sendiri, duniamu sendiri, bersinarlah.

Untuk kawan lama, sahabat kita akan bertemu kembali, suatu waktu di suatu tempat, suka atau tidak suka dalam mimpi dan realitas, dalam ambisi dan kerendahan hati. Pada saat pertemuan nanti, akankah dirimu masih jujur dengan dirimu sendiri, ataukah hanya topeng – topeng yang terlihat seakan – akan dirimu adalah orang yang lain. Yang saya yakini, tidak ada orang lain, topeng itu hanyalah representasi dari diri kita sendiri, sahabat dan teman yang datang dalam satu waktu di satu tempat adalah cerminan dari diri kita yang terdalam, ia akan berjabat tangan, dan memeluk sebagai pertanda bahwa dirimu masih manusia biasa. Oleh karena tersenyumlah, kita ini sama – sama manusia biasa.

Di balik sendu dan cerianya hari natal kali ini di penghujung tahun 2017, diantara berbagai kado natal, dan kue natal yang diterima dan dikirimkan. Selamat Natal dan Tahun baru, semoga damai beserta kita semua. Selamat tidur untuk bangun kembali kawan !

[1] Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell. Tentang Matthew Effect. Biologist often talk about the “ecology” of an organism: the tallest oak in the forest is the tallest no just because it grew from the hardiest acorn l it is the tallest also because no other trees blocked its sunlight, the soil around it was deep an rich, no rabbit chewed through its bark as sapling, and no lumberjack cut it down befor it matured.” pp 20

[2] Ditulis oleh Paulo Coelho dalam The Alchemist. There are three types of alchemist : those who are vague because the don’t know what they’re doing those who are vague because they do know that the language of alchemy is addressed to the heart and no to the mind…. (The third type is the one) who will never hear about the alchemy, but who will succeed, through the lives they lead, in discovery the philoshoper’s stone.” pp vii

[x] cover by Ryuichi Sakamoto – one of the best pianist in the world

Quality of Character in Architecture

We should praise each other character in quality of works, and there will be a rigorous process of looking through quality innovations and put critical thinking towards shaping architect’s character in every work. By doing that each work should be seen unique and representation of life which human colour nature. if somebody asked about how sustainable, how green, how sensitive the design to the climate. Then I would answer. It’s a basic, the architect should consider those. Now we are discussing at the deeper level, the question is, what is your design character? Great architecture challenges, mediocre cuddles.

In my childhood, there is the very common phrase that I kept in my mind, a phrase which is written in the book titled Outliers “No one who can rise before dawn three hundred sixty days a year fails to make his family rich.” Malcolm Gladwell illustrated in a story which started with the culture of cultivating rice field which was different in west farming which used heavy machinery and culture different in France. One client’s said to me that if you will to work hard, you won’t be starving, your family should not be poor.

“Ninety-nine percent of all human activity described in this and other accounts (of French country life)… took place between late spring and early autumn… entire villages would essentially hibernate from the time of the first snow in November until March or April. “

then he illustrated how things situation is different in Chinese paddies field

“No food without blood and sweat.”
“Farmers are busy, where would grain to get through the winter come from ?”
“in winter, lazy man freezes to death.”

“Don’t depend on heaven for food, but on your own two hands carrying the load”
“Useless to ask about crops, it all depends on hard work and fertilizer.”
“If a man works hard, the land will not be lazy.”

It’s a basic thing, that we should be diligent on working out the problem, to have a work to do, to get income, to live. [1]

How about in architecture. I think it’s shallow to praise each other architect’s work only with the intention of cuddling each others. This cuddling is something to do with others opinion about how much quality work is. Gregorius Grassi stated in explaining his approach towards stylistic based (ism) to work illustrated in Kenneth Frampton’s book poetics of construction. “It is actually pathetic to see the architects of that “heroic” period, and the best among them, trying with difficulty to accommodate themselves to these “isms” experimenting in a perplexed manner because of their fascination with new doctrines, measuring them, only later to realize their ineffectuality.”[3]

We should praise each other character in quality of works, and there will be a rigorous process of looking through quality innovations and put critical thinking towards shaping architect’s character in every work. By doing that each work should be seen unique and representation of life which human colour nature. if somebody asked about how sustainable, how green, how sensitive the design to the climate. Then I would answer. It’s a basic, the architect should consider those. Now we are discussing at the deeper level, the question is, what is your design character? Great architecture challenges, mediocre cuddles.

[1] Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, pp 274, 275, 278
[2] Poetics of contruction, Kenneth Framption. pp 3
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Do you want to push architecture that far ?

At the end, the skill to organise the information, being social to all the parties involved, plus which the architect needs to maintain his or her own tectonics, stated again by Frampton, “The first instance the manifest necessity for architects to maintain their command over the art of building as a spatial and tectonic disciplines” and I will add up still not forgetting their character will be the ultimate answer for the progression in its architect’s life.

“This is individual task but they did it in group imagining all of them will be together supporting each other after graduated. They asked other people, (me) to complete their puzzle imagining themselves as architect. I feel honored, it is a privilege to encourage them, helping them to understand beautiful side of architecture and its profession. Actually i am learning from them and their puzzle.”

Few months, ago I rewatched again The Fountainhead movie, the movie which is directed by King Vidor. It’s based on 1943 novel by Russian-American author Ayn Rand. The movie is about one architect fighting his ideal towards economic value, public perception of the style of what is beauty, being truthful on yourself like do you like the ornament, or do you want the building to be clean to express the rationalism. I did rewatch this movie because I was doing teaching of the profession in UPH. I wanted my student to proud of themselves but not ignorant to the other engineers (MEP, Structural), or any design specialist (landscape, lighting), or even the most important seeking balance of giving and taking to their clients.

Paul Segal in wrote that ” architects are called upon to master huge amounts of complex information, create solutions that are multidimensional… this is not a job that can be done by a pig-headed individualist… The Roark personality is often promoted in architecture school culture as the “true way.” This is damaging to students for many reasons. It teaches that the only desirable goal is to become hat individualistic by forcing his or her beliefs on an ignorant public. ” [1]

Being an architect, we deal with vast information from creating hand sketches in conceptual through design development and construction drawing. It takes how to manage emotions, information, creativity, rules, and put all of those into one beautiful sequence. Edward de Bono who wrote book title How To Have A Beautiful Mind. The book consists how to manage this information by wearing six modes of thinking hats. Bono wrote The white hat indicates a focus on information. The red hat gives full permission for the expression of feelings, emotions and intuition without any need to give the reasons behind the feelings. The black hat is for caution and the focus is on faults, weakness. The yellow hat the focus is on values, benefits.
The green hat sets aside time, space and expectation for creative effort. The blue hat is to do with the organisation of thinking. ” [1] In architecture profession this might include tools, information, models, mathematics, building systems.

These hats might help the architect to understand the process of making architecture which I believe might be coined again the term master builder which might be long forgotten. Kenneth Frampton took Renzo Piano’s phrase which might accentuate the hand of the architect. He stated, ” an Architect must be a craftsman. Of course any tools will fo. These days the tools might include a computer, an experimental model, and mathematics. However, it is still craftmanship – the work of someone who does not separate the work of the mind from the work of the hand. It involves a circular process that draws you from an idea to a drawing, from a drawing to an experiment, from an experiment to a construction, and from construction back to an idea again. For me, this cycle is fundamental to creative work. Unfortunately many have come to accept each of these steps as independent… Teamwork is essential if creative projects are to come about. Teamwork requires an ability to listen and engage in a dialogue. ”

Then after that what’s next, clients are happy, other parties are happy, then how about the architect?

This might be reflected of how deep our reflection in our practice. Do we want to just stay at the surface, or are you willing to push it that far? Some of the genuine example is showed in Frampton, Poetics of Construction book, in a progression of reaching wide span, and reacting to what we called style or -ism such as (cube-ism, modern-ism, or even tropical-ism) which is showing the force of outside architect.

The deepness here is shown in the corporeal metaphor, one term brought by Frampton. It’s about experiencing the space bodily. This is about how to create a space, a concept, a reality of architecture which our perception – mind, body – (five senses), and spiritual side touched by the beauty of the space which in total creates architecture in construction, built work into such beautiful tactile details.

he even continued with 3 different proposition while accentuating for us not losing our own tectonics by telling stories about 1)beauty of hand finish, means each successive touching has communicated in design 2) Shintai-paradoxes of cold concrete and warm people which we are in this world of cold, we fill it with warmness. (3) the concept of Schmarsow and Ponty about space is determined by frontalized progression of the body through space in depth which he showed in Alvaar’s Aalto work Saynatsalo town hall which its tactile contrast entrance from small space to breathtaking space.

At the end, the skill to organise the information, being social to all the parties involved, plus which the architect needs to maintain his or her own tectonics, stated again by Frampton, “The first instance the manifest necessity for architects to maintain their command over the art of building as a spatial and tectonic disciplines” and I will add up still not forgetting their character will be the ultimate answer for the progression in its architect’s life.

Bibliography :

[1] Professional Practice: A Guide to Turning Designs into Buildings, Paul Segal. pp 13,14
[2] Why Architecture Matters, Paul Goldberger
[3] How to have beautiful Mind, Edward De Bono, pp 105,106
[4] Renzo Piano Building Workshop 1964 / 1991: In Search of a balance,” Process ARchitecture(Tokyo) no 799 (1992(. pp.12,14
[5] Frampton, Studies in Tectonic Culture The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture, pp 10, pp11

Bermain Layang – layang

“Om tolong naikkin layang – layangnya ”
Oo oke, saya kemudian pergi bersama mereka ke taman di dekat rumah. Sudah lama sekali saya tidak main layang – layang kira – kira sudah 20 tahun lebih. Saya coba menaikkan layang- layang tersebut, bisa naik sampai 15 m kemudian turun lagi, kita pun tertawa – tawa berlari – lari menaikkan layang – layang, bergantian satu sama
Lain. Ketika berlari menaikkan layang – layang, terkadang layang layang tersebut berputar – putar. Anak – anak ini adalah harapan kita, mereka hanya perlu teman, cara pandang, dan layang – layang hanyalah sebuah alat dan kehadiran kita untuk menemani mereka dengan bermain – main karena sesungguhnya kita juga perlu bermain – main dan menjadi seperti anak kecil kembali.

Kemarin saya sedang selesai makan pagi menunggu course dari OMAH. Anak – anak kecil datang, menghampiri, menagih “om layang – layangnya mana ?” Saya ingat kira – kira satu bulan yang lalu ketika puasa, saya pernah menjanjikan untuk membelikan layang – layang supaya mereka bisa bermain. Gara – gara kesibukan, saya jarang bertemu mereka.

“Ayo kita beli sekarang ?” saya pada waktu itu ada di lokasi benteng yang tingginya kira – kira 3 m dari jalan utama, pada waktu itu Greg sedang lewat baru datang untuk mempersiapkan course. saya bilang “Greg ada uang ngga,”

“Dek layang – layangnya kalau kita beli itu berapa harganya ? ” mereka jawab ” 2000 , sambil berebutan, gue yang pegang uangnya, gue yang pegang uangnya ” saya bilang sama greg, Greg tolong dikasih 10000 itu ada 4 orang, sisanya lebihin satu buat mereka. Uang pun diberikan oleh Greg. kemudian saya meninggalkan mereka. Kemudian saya terbersit untuk ikut bersama mereka membeli layangan, “eh tunggu” “saya mau ikut.” Kemudian saya dan istri saya ikut ke toko layangan berjalan kaki, melewati jalan setapak selebar 2 m masuk ke gang 1 m, akhirnya tiba ke pembuat layangan, kakek dan nenek penjual layangan, mereka menjual benangnya juga.

Saya tanya ke kakek penjual “Kong harga nya berapa ?”
kakek itu menjawab “1000 pak”

dalam hati saya “asem nih anak – anak, gw diboongin”

Setelah itu saya dan istri saya belikan 20 buah layang – layang dan 5 benang.
saya mulai tanya latar belakang mereka.
satu orang namanya ojon masih TK, satu orang namanya Dillah kelas 1 SD, satu orang namanya Lehan kelas 1 SD, dan satu orang namanya Jasmin kelas 2 SD.

Lehan melapor, om ini si Dillah omongnya jorok sama kotor, saya tanya lo ngomong apa sama anak – anak lain ? ini om dia ngomongnya bang*at dan a*nj*ng sehari – hari. saya bilang eh lo ngapain ngomong jorok begitu lo sekolah ngga ? Mending ngomong “kucing” lebih keren. Mereka pun tertawa,

setelah itu saya bilang ke mereka “eh elo bilang itu terima kasih sama engkong sama nenek, sama semuanya. Ramai – ramai mereka bilang terima kasih.

Setelah selesai membelikan layangan kita berjalan kaki melewat gerombolan anak – anak lain, saya tanya ke si ojon “eh ini temen lo bukan ?”

“bukan om dia mah cemen, duduknya ajak kaya orang lagi sunatan” saya bilang ke mereka, eh lo kurang ajar, sana sapa anak – anak itu, kasih tanda metal sana sapa.

Kita kemudian berjalan 50 meter lagi, dan melewati satu gerombolan anak yang lain, saya tanya lagi ke si ojon “eh ini temen lo bukan ?” “bukan om mereka anak jahat, kemarin ngajakin tawuran,” Waduh” dalam hati saya.

Kemudian saya pulang ke kantor, mereka pun pergi. 20 menit kemudian, saya sedang ada di dalam rumah, bibi memanggil, anak – anak itu datang lagi.

“Om tolong naikkin layang – layangnya ”
Oo oke, saya kemudian pergi bersama mereka ke taman di dekat rumah. Sudah lama sekali saya tidak main layang – layang kira – kira sudah 20 tahun lebih. Saya coba menaikkan layang- layang tersebut, bisa naik sampai 15 m kemudian turun lagi, kita pun tertawa – tawa berlari – lari menaikkan layang – layang, bergantian satu sama
Lain. Ketika berlari menaikkan layang – layang, terkadang layang layang tersebut berputar – putar.

Anak – anak ini adalah harapan kita, mereka hanya perlu teman, cara pandang, dan layang – layang hanyalah sebuah alat dan kehadiran kita untuk menemani mereka dengan bermain – main karena sesungguhnya kita juga perlu bermain – main dan menjadi seperti anak kecil kembali.

Berbagi Buku

Setelah itu saya habiskan waktu untuk bercanda memuji mereka kalau mereka anak yang pintar karena setiap anak pada dasarnya pintar, kita diskusi bagaimana cara membuat layangan besar. Kemudian saya bilang, nanti sore kalian datang ya jam 5, saya sediakan buku didalam tempat plastik, saya isikan buku supaya pikiran diisi dengan ilmu pengetahuan. Saya pun minta tolong rezki untuk beli kotak plastik untuk anak-anak. Buku – buku yang sudah dibaca nanti dikembalikan ke kotak atau bisa dibagikan ke temen- temen yang lain.

Kemarin hari sabtu pagi, di depan rumah saya , banyak anak2 jam 5.30 pagi menyalakan bermain, petasan teriak – teriak ada 20 orang. Saya pikir ada apa ini?

Saya turun dan buka pintu dan melihat anak – anak ini. Lalu mereka berlarian, 17 orang kabur tinggal 3 orang, saya bilang :
“dik tolong panggil temen-temennya saya ngga marah. ”

Temen – temennya kemudian datang mungkin setelah memastikan saya tidak marah,

Saat itu di depan saya ada 20 orang, kemudian saya minta mereka duduk,
Saya tanya, “kenapa kalian main petasan pagi – pagi sekali ?” Mereka diam dan saling menyalahkan, “sudah tidak apa-apa”

saya pun duduk, dan bertanya “Kalian tau ngga soal thomas alfa edison?” saya kemudian cerita tentang alfa edison, penemu bohlam lampu , pintarnya einstein dan indahnya bermain layang – layang, ide – ide tentang ilmu pengetahuan dari pengetahuan membaca buku. Saya tanya “kalian sudah baca buku apa? ” satu anak menjawab “buku ipa pak”

Satu orang menyahuti, “ada uangnya ngga pak ? ”

saya bilang ilmu itu mahal harganya, dengan ilmu kita bisa melihat hal yang indah, pergi ke luar negeri, dan untuk menjadi kaya membutuhkan kesabaran, mereka ini anak – anak berumur 6-12 tahun, saya tanya ke mereka “mau ngga sabar untuk belajar sampai 15-20 tahun lagi?” Nanti kalian bisa mendapat uang dari ilmu kalian, setelah itu baru ada uangnya.

“Kalian mau ke paris ? Ke london ? Ke afrika ? Ke Mekkah ?” Mereka jawab “Mauuu”,
ya saya bilang harus sabar belajar, saya pun juga masih belajar untuk bisa kesana.

Setelah itu saya habiskan waktu untuk bercanda memuji mereka kalau mereka anak yang pintar karena setiap anak pada dasarnya pintar, kita diskusi bagaimana cara membuat layangan besar. Kemudian saya bilang, nanti sore kalian datang ya jam 5, saya sediakan buku didalam tempat plastik, saya isikan buku supaya pikiran diisi dengan ilmu pengetahuan. Saya pun minta tolong rezki untuk beli kotak plastik untuk anak-anak. Buku – buku yang sudah dibaca nanti dikembalikan ke kotak atau bisa dibagikan ke temen- temen yang lain.

Kemudian jam 4.00 sore saya sedang mendengar kuliah omah tentang bernard tschumi, saya dipanggil rudi, ada yang nyari katanya, anak-anak kecil datang naik sepeda. Hati saya girang, mereka datang, demi mimpi akan ilmu pengetahuan. ^^ kotak plastik ini adalah harapan untuk anak-anak ini. Isinya ada buku national geographic, komik, buku karya andrea hirata, sudah terbagi baru 15 buah buku. Di stok ada 50 buah buku.

Jadi guys kalau ada yang mau memberikan buku untuk anak2 ini kabarin ya.Dengan membaca buku kita bisa memperluas cakrawala terutama untuk anak – anak yang merupakan harapan kita semua , nanti kita coba buat program yang terkait dengan ini di omah ya, ^^ good morning ya have a great weekend. Semoga damai beserta kita semua.

Loving Architecture like crazy

it’s about using introvert way. Believing for your genious, training yourself hard for passing through 3 stages of mastery: knowing your expedients, practicing your alchemy, and doing your experiments.

I got one email from Itenas students about invitation to do lecture in enterpreneurship in architecture. In the brief, the lecture will be about how to make an architecture business. Not so long, 3 days ago, fellow architects came to my home, Rubi, Dani, Carolina. Rubi has research about enterpreneurship in architecture. The hypothesis is that there are many good architects, but some of them can not survive, or maintaining sustainable design firm. he said he wanted to create community like OMAH for enterpreneurship in architecture, what is why he came to interview, and asked questions, I would say it’s discussion rather than interview, which is like two way. Deep in my mind, i was curious, why always the topics about this, it’s actualy topic which is pretty basic, topic to surviving as architect. But that is okay, let’s talk about it.

Thinking about that topic. There are many topics, or issues, or discussions about how to start being an architect, how to make a design firm, how to do enterpreneurship in architecture. This short article discussed about origins of enterpreneurship and how it links with architecture.

First of all, I was curious, what is the meaning of enterpreneurship. The meaning of enterpreneurship is generally to connect with opportunity by creating professional code and conduct toward best product. if one say, I am good designer, how can I have clients, how can I have network, how can I have jobs, how can I structurize my firm.

There are two types of paradigm toward this definition, it’s up to you which one fits to your character. The first one, I say it’s extrovert way, the media, the business, the product, rational way. It’s about using opportunity from the media, it’s about the power, prestige, and wealth.

I discussed the condition of profession in Indonesia few months ago, I did a small research comparing indonesian practice and United States.

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.

It’s this way, Peter Piven wrote in book titled starting design firm wrote about 3 types of design firm, the first is, strong idea firm, second, is strong service firm, and the third is strong production firm. Knowing this category will help you to understand the nature of architect. The strong idea is based on one master to give you guidance, and the second is pretty straight forward which sometimes can be seen in hospitality design when we work with a team which service the team of operators, owners, and technicals. The third is treating architect as production factory.

The second type, it’s about using introvert way. Believing for your genious, training yourself hard for passing through 3 stages of mastery: knowing your expedients, practicing your alchemy, and doing your experiments. Antoni Gaudi, Maclaine Pont, and Carlo Scarpa are the three my favourite architects. I kept looking for pilgrimage for their works, and they are the closest way of role model in my heart looking at their process through time with persistance and their design is absolutely beautiful. in this second type, architecture is like doing kisses, hugs, and doing a dharma for your life. It’s more ethical while the driving point is more introvert. or may be this second type is formed when the first type is understood as a basic need, and the second is a way about perfection in mastering product of your works. So what is the importance knowing this ?

I remember reading one passage written by Robi Sularto, that ” architecture is a dharma, not merely a profession.” this words, was carved in my thoughts since then. I actually am quite sad looking the condition in Indonesia while the architects is not appreciated and the architects are not sensitive enough to serve society but it’s common because architects are still surviving through time. I reflect to myself as well, when daily, we are struggling to get the job done, invoice done, and advancing the mastery of our skills. It’s three way of juggling. The way of juggling explained by Deyan Sujic in Biography of Norman Foster by basically, knowing your limit, focussing on your competence, and building great people around you. what I found that enterpreneurship is about to serve others through design eventhough it’s simple project. Serving other like serving yourself, loving architecture like crazy through best attitude and learning so much as you can perfecting your mastery, preparation, preparation , preparation, it’s hardwork !

[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

Dili East Timor, Facing obstacle in our life.

My wife is always sad when the time I will fly abroad. This time i will go to Dili, East Timor to assist Yoga and Faela of Institute of Transportation and Development Policy. A NGO organisation which is based in New York. I have been working together with them for 5 years now since introduced by Dani, friend from Planology in the past pedestrian project.

Laurensia has helped me to organise the office so far, she juggled in the complexity of the firm while I formed the associates to help me to do better design for the clients. I knew she was sad day ago because I will leave the family for several day.

Miraclerich has grown up into decent toddler, Laurensia taught him well.

 

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Miracle learn to walk ^__^

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We try to teach miracle value of respecting other, and knowing the consequence of his actions. It’s quite hard, I would prefer to do design actually. Last time, he felt down while he ran, in our heart we want to lift him, but instead doing that, we let him to stand by himself. Miracle cried loudly. In middle of the night, Miracle will wake up and cried asking to be moved in our bed. Laurensia was affraid if Miracle will fall down from our bed because our bed does not have any fence. His bed has 80 cm fence. I moved him back to his bed, and he cried loudly, he choked, and finaly slept after that.

The day after that, we did that again, but this time, Laurensia handled it differently. After Miracle woke up in the middle of the night, Laurensia would slept in Miracle’s bed, I will make milk for him, and Laurensia slept with Miracle just for making him feeling safe but it’s still in Miracle’s bed.

I faced this this situation as well, when new thing happened and it’s new experience. We have to adapt, I was lucky to have my family and Laurensia to help me to adapt the situation. It’s been almost a week now, and Miracle can sleep alone in his bed. I’m proud of him and Laurensia helped him to pass through his hardtime.

love,

 

 

 

Greetings from Bu Pauline

Bu Pauline Budianto sent me one video and 2 picture,

she said “Hai Rich, sudah seminggu lebih kami menikmati keindahan hasil karyamu di sekolah AO. Anak2 saya pas lihat pertama kali langsung berbinar matanya…
Katanya: worth it juga ya ma….meninggalkan segala kenyamanan sekolah di belanda….. kalo di Belanda nggak bisa menikmati yg seperti begini.
Thanks Rich! ”

I knew her, for her contributions in the fishermen village at Muara Angke, a part of changes which was proposed during the governance of Basuki T Purnama in Jakarta. I have not still have a chance to meet her in person.

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Knowing her message, the Honour is for the hardwork for all of people involved,

I remember video sent by Pak Rendy, few weeks ago
It’s a pleasure and honour.
Love,

One Big Family

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Preparing the background for family’s photos

Chinese New Year 2017 – The Year of the Rooster – has begun and will last until Feb 15, 2018. The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.

This year, it’s the Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Rooster will be in 2029.

My family celebrates Chinese New Year as well. We used to have dinner together at the day before, and at chinese new year all of the member of the big family, uncle, auntie, nephew, niece, cousins, come to our home to have lunch together.

It’s a tradition to be together as a family, giving respect to each other. My Dad told me the importance of levelling in construction this morning, he said, he asked the builder to redo casting the concrete when he found the levelling was not right. The owner questioned him, about why he asked them to redo, destroy and rebuild again which my dad will take the budget by himself.
 

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Dad and my Aunts

He said it was for learning, a lesson for his supervisor so he will keep up the standard high with no tolerance.He also said in one morning questioned, which one do you want, be the one who carry or support the weak, or the one who will be carried or supported by other. He also said sometime ago, in family, if there is disagreement, or fight Dad will take side on the weak one, because that is the essence of the family, to understand people as it is, and to help, unite, and be one family.My dad is getting older, his energy may be less than before, I’ve got my lessons, every time I met him.

Happy Chinese New Year, may you and your family be loved by so many great people, and this universe.

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Parabolic Plywood Office

 

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The table was arranged by Bu Lisa few days before the photoshoot by Eric Dinardi

Puncak Keemasan Group Office is just published in Archdaily. It’s the effort of truly hardwork and passion by all of the people involved, also with the support by the owner which is been bound to be beautiful memory. In this project the design works with the parabolic and modular shape, exercised into whole series of efficient construction system, efficient architectural finishes, and merged into sequence of experience.

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We were honoured to work in this project, this project demanded much of time and energy while the construction floor level is not same, it’s tilting, and slanted in 5 cm discrepancy. the construction time demanded to be not more than 3 months. the project struggled to keep on the design and construction going well in the process.

The fabricated module carried to the site one by one, and the project finaly near to completion in the bitter and sweet experience, resulted the picture that Eric took few weeks ago.

But, the most important is, and the honour is to see the owner, PKG group, the staffs happily using the place, and fitting the workspace behaviour into the space into such lovely memory.

I was committed to submit projects to archdaily or dezeen to test and evaluate our quality of work as a part of feedback, and gathering the 1 % of the process as a part of 99% what we have done.

Have a great day all. love you

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The Project is designed for Puncak Keemasan Group, Pak Ferry, Bu Lisa, Pak Sugih, Pak Jimmy, Bu Yohana, Pak Iskander.

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35 di Telok Naga, di alfa dan omega. Hidup ini hidupmu.

“Pak sekolah ini harus selesai di bulan Januari” Bu Lisa berkata satu saat. Di dalam hati, saya menghitung waktu, bulan demi bulan, kira kira hanya tersisa 6 bulan lagi dan sekolah ini baru akan direncanakan.Saya menulis di saat – saat saya berumur 35 tahun dengan rambut putih yang mulai tumbuh, ciuman pembuka dari istri dan anak di awal hari, dan dua buah telur, satu mangkuk apel, bedanya sudah tidak ada lagi teh manis di pagi hari, hanya ada air putih saja. Aneh memang, ada banyak perubahan terjadi di tahun ini, makanan berubah, saya pikir sikap pun berubah, saya ingin yang biasa – biasa dan sederhana saja.

Pagi hari itu Laras, Pak Djatmiko, dan Pak Singgih sudah datang, kemudian kita berangkat ke lokasi Telok Naga, sebuah sekolah yang kami kerjakan namanya sekolah alfa omega.

Banyak sekali masalah muncul di lokasi proyek kira – kira di beberapa bulan yang lalu seperti tidak adanya jalan akses, banjir karena ketinggian lahan ada di bawah permukaan jalan, dan lokasi tidak memiliki listrik dan air. Konstruksinya dibuat dengan kombinasi material struktur baja, beton, bata, bambu, nipah dengan ketinggian 2.1 m diatas permukaan tanah kedalaman rata – rata 1.0 – 1.2 m dari permukaan jalan. Konstruksi atap menggunakan kombinasi kurva paraboloid.

Konstruksi dinding menggunakan batu bata ekspos dengan susunan lubang – lubang, gelap terang yang disusun melengkung tanpa menggunakan kolom praktis. Karena bentuk lengkung ini bata bisa duduk dengan stabil. Prinsip Desain pun secara bertahap tumbuh karena kesulitan – kesulitan yang ada di lokasi.

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Enter a caption”Pak sekolah ini harus selesai di bulan Januari” Bu Lisa berkata satu saat. Di dalam hati, saya menghitung waktu, bulan demi bulan, kira kira hanya tersisa 6 bulan lagi dan sekolah ini baru akan direncanakan. Bendera ini ide pak Sugih untuk memberikan 7 buah bendera Indonesia di depan sekolah.  

 

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Sekolah dalam proses konstruksi.Pak banyak orang menggantungkan harapannya di sekolah ini, banyak dari mereka yang kembali datang ke sekolah ini dan sekolah ini dekat antara anak yang satu dengan anak yang lain, SD SMP SMA.” Pak Ferry satu saat berkata demikian.

Bu Lisa, Pak Sugih, Pak Jimmy, Pak Iskander, bu Yohana, Pak Ferry, Bu Eunike, Pak Rendy, dan banyak sekali orang silih berganti masuk untuk  berdiskusi dan berkenalan kira – kira 2 tahun yang lalu, terima kasih untuk kepercayaannya. Tidak ada hadiah yang paling membahagiakan selain melihat sekolah ini berjalan di tanggal 17 Januari besok.

Di malam hari kira – kira jam 8 malam, Laurensia menelpon, “Yang kamu dimana” “masih di Telok Naga, ini masih nungguin bu Lisa sama Pak Ferry sapu bersih takut ada yang masih kelewat” jawab saya, Pada waktu itu saya dengan pak Djatmiko, pak Andung, baru menyisir jalan baru yang berlokasi 1 km dari proyek sedang dibangun dengan dan Laras menunggu di bedeng di depan proyek dan ali ada di lapangan.

Laurensia menelpon lagi “Anak – anak sudah nungguin ya di Pizza Hut, sekarang sudah jam 8 malam”

Diri ini pun baru teringat sudah cukup malam, dan dibutuhkan waktu 1 jam lebih untuk ke arah Puri Indah. Diri ini berpamitan dengan Bu Lisa dan Pak Ferry, langsung meluncur ke Puri Indah Mall dengan Ali, Raras. Pak Singgih memilih pulang, pak Djatmiko masih di lapangan, kita harus berbagi – bagi tugas dengan tanggung jawab masing – masing. Di arti alfa yang berarti awalan dan omega yang berarti akhiran. Disitulah ada jeda dan kita semua ada di antara awal dan akhir untuk kemudian siklus pertemuan dan perpisahan terjadi.

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ini situasi setelah makan, Miracle sudah tidur
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Miftah dan Asep bawa Ubi Cilembu, ide dari Jajo sama Nida ^^ 

Semoga umur 35, diri ini makin bisa bermanfaat untuk orang lain, terima kasih untuk semuanya Tuhan memberikan cinta dari seluruh orang yang ada di lingkaran terdekat, sehari – hari bertemu, dua hari, ataupun baru bertemu.

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the two my most lovely angel, Laurensia and Miracle, Maaf ya papa sibuk terus, kita jalan – jalan ya akhir minggu ini. 
[1]  Dan terima kasih untuk seluruh anggota tim ditengah dukungan dari tim alfa omega. seluruh anggota yang besar jumlahnya, dan besar sekali dukungannya, tenaga yang dicurahkan dari bermacam – macam orang, bermacam – macam sifat, latar belakang. Love you all

Anxiety caused by uncertainty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Suasana Internship di Studio

 

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

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Suasana Diskusi di Studio RAW

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

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

Istakagrha / RAW Architecture

Article from Archdaily : http://www.archdaily.com/795259/istakagrha-raw-architecture

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

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

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

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

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

Cradle to Cradle Remaking the Way We Make Things

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team of Leaders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Suasana Diskusi di Studio RAW
Suasana Diskusi di Studio RAW

Breakthrough through Innovation

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

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Falling Water – Frank Llyod Wright

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

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

 

in Poissy, a small commune outside of Paris, is one of the most significant contributions to modern architecture in the 20th century, Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. Completed in 1929, Villa Savoye is a modern take on a French country house that celebrates and reacts to the new machine age.
“in Poissy, a small commune outside of Paris, is one of the most significant contributions to modern architecture in the 20th century, Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. Completed in 1929, Villa Savoye is a modern take on a French country house that celebrates and reacts to the new machine age. ” http://www.archdaily.com/84524/ad-classics-villa-savoye-le-corbusier
The lower level serves as the maintenance and service programs of the house. One of most interesting aspects of the house is the curved glass façade on the lower level that is formed to match the turning radius of automobiles of 1929 so that when the owner drives underneath the larger volume they can pull into the garage with the ease of a slight turn.
The lower level serves as the maintenance and service programs of the house. One of most interesting aspects of the house is the curved glass façade on the lower level that is formed to match the turning radius of automobiles of 1929 so that when the owner drives underneath the larger volume they can pull into the garage with the ease of a slight turn.
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Both the lower level and the upper living quarters are based off an open plan idea that provokes the inhabitant to continuously meander between spaces. As an architectural tour de force, Le Corbusier incorporates a series of ramps moving from the lower level all the way to the rooftop garden, which requires the inhabitant to slow down and experience the movement between spaces. https://en.wikiarquitectura.com/index.php/File:Villa_Savoye_Plata.jpg

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

The single-story house consists of eight I-shaped steel columns that support the roof and floor frameworks, and therefore are both structural and expressive. In between these columns are floor-to-ceiling windows around the entire house, opening up the rooms to the woods around it.The windows are what provide the beauty of Mies’ idea of tying the residence with its tranquil surroundings. His idea for shading and privacy was through the many trees that were located on the private site. Mies explained this concept in an interview about the glass pavilion stating, “Nature, too, shall live its own life. We must beware not to disrupt it with the color of our houses and interior fittings. Yet we should attempt to bring nature, houses, and human beings together into a higher unity.” Mies intended for the house to be as light as possible on the land, and so he raised the house 5 feet 3 inches off the ground, allowing only the steel columns to meet the ground and the landscape to extend past the residence. In order to accomplish this, the mullions of the windows also provide structural support for the floor slab. http://www.archdaily.com/59719/ad-classics-the-farnsworth-house-mies-van-der-rohe/5037ddac28ba0d599b000077-ad-classics-the-farnsworth-house-mies-van-der-rohe-image

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

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

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

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

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

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

RAW Architecture’s Brava Casa is a Philosophy of Life and Form by Natalina Lopez

Archdaily just published article about Sumarah 99%, The story is about explaining the concept of sumarah, spirit of surrender, I met with Laura Romano while me and my kids went to rumah Turi for visiting.

Here is some introduction that I wrote last time in the exhibition 99 % sumarah :
99% Sumarah adalah refleksi dari dua buah jalan dalam bepikir mengenai definisi sebuah kekuatan sebagai seorang manusia. Pemikiran pertama mendefiniskan kekuatan sebagai sebuah kesempatan untuk menang, bagaimana untuk mendapatkan kekuasaan, dan untuk menjaga kekuasaan. Instalasi ini bertujuan untuk memberikan pemikiran interpretasi, tanpa pernah memberitahukan secara ekplisit, pengunjung harus mengunakan ide ide mereka dan pengalamannya untuk mendefinisikan hal tersebut. Hal itu lah yang membuat pemikiran kedua, yaitu Sumarah menjadi nyata. Sumarah adalah pengajaran spiritual dari jawa. Sumarah adalah seni untuk berpasrah diri, dimana menyerahkan dirimu kepada semesta. Sumarah adalah penyerahan tanpa berharap apapun, dimana rasionalitas menjadi lebur dan tidak meminta apa – apa, menerima keadaan apa adanya. Inilah sebuah kondisi yang paling alamiah.

Sumarah adalah instalasi yang sederhana yang terdiri dari 300 buah kotak berukuran 300 x 300 x 600 mm yang ditumpuk – tumpuk menjadi ruang yang sederhana namun terlihat rumit. Proses pengerjaannya sederhana memakan waktu kurang dari satu hari. Struktur tumpuk adalah sebuah cara yang primitif untuk membuat ruangan, dengan menggabungkan kurva parabolic dan kurva catenary, bangunan ini bisa menahan bebannya sendiri dengan sambungan sesedikit mungkin tanpa pondasi. Sumarah terdiri dari dua buah pintu keluar masuk yang membentuk siluet kurva catenary dimana ketika pengunjung masuk, akan dipertontonkan kehidupan alam, ikan dan tanaman sebagai simbol kehidupan. Dari tampak luar, instalasi ini akan terlihat kompleks membentuk bentuk bukit yang ditumpuk dari material nano technology. Namun dari dalam, memberikan kompleksitas, kehidupan itu sendiri tidak ada yang pernah sama, mendekati kondisi alam yang kompleks dan subtil itulah konsep mendasar dari ruang yang terbentuk. Tanaman – tanaman akan ditanam di udara segar, dan ikan – ikan akan dilepaskan di perairan yang segar sebagai refleksi dari kehidupan yang begitu indah.

Kata 99% berarti adalah sebuah proses yang hampir selesai dimana semua karya akan mengalami hal serupa dimana 1% adalah hasil interpretasi dari pengunjung, pengguna, dan 99 % adalah hasil dari kerja keras seluruh pihak dalam proses pembuatan. 1% dibutuhkan untuk melengkapi 99% menyadi 100 % dimana kekuatan kritik, interpretasi, dan gelak tawa dilantunkan untuk menandai perasaan cinta ketika satu karya dinilai, dirubah, dan diredefinisi lagi untuk kebutuhan di masa depan. tanpa 1 %, 99 % tidak akan menjadi 100 % oleh karena itu, karya dari arsitek seharusnya terbuka dalam produk dan proses untuk semua orang untuk melengkapinya.

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RAW Architecture’s Brava Casa is a Philosophy of Life and Form by Natalina Lopez
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sumarah6Few months ago, after I was invited by pak Cosmas Godjali for being one of the participants of designer’s booth,  I was quite unsure, because of there is no support for making the pavilion, but along the way, pak Cosmas, Kluege, Danpalon, and Artmosphere, and Galaxindo supported to make this pavillion dream come true. here is all the credit for the people.

Sponsored & fabricated by Danpalon – Metsi Inka
Kluege as system integrator
Atmosphere as Lighting designer
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Event by Casa Bravacasa 2016

 

The Foundation of the Practice By Ariko Ahmad

I met this interesting guy, his name is Ariko Ahmad, he studied in London, and love to write. I met him for one interview for Prestige Magazine. his photographer, took a picture of me. I wasn’t ready and always not fond of photography session. Ariko was actualy cool guy when you talk to him, he has full of enthusiasm, and joy, craving for more information, and very warm. This article is one of the articles that I love, I was quite surprised of the writing, that actualy there were so much information coming from our discussion while we had lunch together, from working with Charles, National Gallery, and bit of profession, and glimpse of our hope for the future.

The title of the article is The Raw Reality, very interesting opening, please check it , hope you enjoy it as I remember the time was passed and always wish Ariko all the best.
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please do not comment on my funny picture ha ha ha. I can’t stop laughing, Hey my shape is better than it was pictured now, no more fat belly.

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Ps : I found out that he was not in the Prestige Magazine anymore, probably he sailed to another company, another family, another journey, well I wish all the best for Ariko and Prestige as well, and we will meet again in the future.

From Idea to Innovation – Trial and Error

Tony Crabbe, BusyTony Crabbe illustrated how to learn the lessons in one story in his book title busy. A dutch charity, International Child Support (ICS) wanted to fund a school assistance program in Kenya. Like any charity they had limited resources and wanted to make the maximum impact. They selected twenty five schools at random and supplied them with textbooks, and tested the impact, it made little difference. ICS then, ran second experiments, the gave them illustrated flip charts. the results were disappointing. then They gave the schoolchildren tablets to treat intestinal worms. Worm tablets turned out to be great success , booting height, reducing infection and cutting absenteeism.

This idea is similar when we are facing our own future, we don’t know what is the outcome, what we can do is just to try our best. Some people can say, we spend too much to do on ideas that aren’t working. But look at the evidence, success doesn’t result from making the right guesses in the first place. It comes from trying things and then, identifying what works and what doesn’t keep moving and try stuff out. The true and worth investment is the attitude for never give up and keep on trying.

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The other story is from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, that he led a team to study ninety – one exceptional individuals, what he found was counter intuitive, that finding solution was easy; the hard part was finding the right question. Once the question had been discovered, ideas flowed freely. it’s similar with Thomas Alfa Edison, the lesson from Edison is that the way to innovate is not through genius and coming up with a single world changing idea, do different things, some stuff will work some stuff won’t. Select the stuff that works and discard the stuff that doesn’t then vary the things again.

Antoniades once pointed out how to be, or the prescriptive to be poetic with inclusivist approach in architecture design process, first to discuss with as many people as you can, second, to get as many view point as you can, and the most important the third, to try as many way of conceptions, options, trial an error.

So when we only have one idea, that means, you are not working hard enough. as Emile-Auguste Chartier Said.” Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.”

[1] Crabbe Tony, Busy.
[2] Antoniades, Poetic of Architecture.

Kandalama, Geoffrey Bawa’s later masterpiece and content of being honest

“A building can only be understood by moving around and through it and by experiencing the modulation of the spaces one moves through from outside verandahs, the rooms, passages, courtyards the view from these spaces into othersm,… equally important, the play of light in both garden and innerroom – from shaded inner space to the celebration of light in a courtyard.” Geoffrey Bawa

Kandalama Hotel | Sectional elevation through the hotel showing the relationship of the building to the cliff | Archnet
Kandalama Hotel | Sectional elevation through the hotel showing the relationship of the building to the cliff | Archnet

Several Weeks later I saw one image, a hotel with full of greeneries looks like the building is attached to nature. The Name of the Hotel is Kandalama.

Though the west wing is visible from the entrance road, it was heavily camouflaged by planting in order to minimize its visual impact on the arriving guest so it ultimately does not detract significantly from Bawa's designed approach.
Though the west wing is visible from the entrance road, it was heavily camouflaged by planting in order to minimize its visual impact on the arriving guest so it ultimately does not detract significantly from Bawa’s designed approach.
Being one of Bawa's earlier moves toward minimalism in building detailing, the design of the Kandalama Hotel was shocking to admirers of the vernacular influence visible in his previous projects. However, the subtlety of the architecture itself effectively foregrounds the drama of the cliff-side topography and breathtaking views.
Being one of Bawa’s earlier moves toward minimalism in building detailing, the design of the Kandalama Hotel was shocking to admirers of the vernacular influence visible in his previous projects. However, the subtlety of the architecture itself effectively foregrounds the drama of the cliff-side topography and breathtaking views.
The Kandalama Hotel is a nine-kilometer drive east of the small town of Dambulla. The main entrance lobby is located at the end of a ramped 2.7-kilometer-long private road that branches north from a secondary arterial leading back to the center of town. From the earliest development phase of the project, Bawa was interested in developing a spatial and visual sequence of entry that culminated in the revelation of the distant view of the monument of Sigiriya only after entry to the hotel lobby.
The Kandalama Hotel is a nine-kilometer drive east of the small town of Dambulla. The main entrance lobby is located at the end of a ramped 2.7-kilometer-long private road that branches north from a secondary arterial leading back to the center of town. From the earliest development phase of the project, Bawa was interested in developing a spatial and visual sequence of entry that culminated in the revelation of the distant view of the monument of Sigiriya only after entry to the hotel lobby.
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Plan at Entry Level – Archnet

Robson stated If Norman Foster works with hundreds of architects in his firm, Foster and Partners. Geofrey Bawa should not be viewed as a lone genius but rather as someone who operated within a circle of sympathetic friends and collaborators and at the center an ever-changing group of talented associates and assistants.  He also worked closely with a network of highly skilled builders and craftsmen which traditions and practices had been passed down through generations, often developing ideas directly with them on building site. [1]

I did research about Kandalama, found the building performance in archnet which is the world’s largest online databank of Islamic architecture. It was developed at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning in co-operation with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. It provides users with resources on architecture [1], urban design and development in the Muslim world to all users .

Kandalama shows as example how Bawa’s later approach.Bawa’s earlier works are purely aesthetic and reflect the architect’s evolving personal design philosophy. The Kandalama Hotel follows the model of his later projects, in which the majority of the ornamentation comes from sculptures and artworks by other artists distributed around the building.
The detailing of the architecture itself remains plainly yet harmoniously articulated in neutral tones and natural materials, including white concrete walls, black painted concrete columns, and wood or iron railings and millwork.
The detailing of the architecture itself remains plainly yet harmoniously articulated in neutral tones and natural materials, including white concrete walls, black painted concrete columns, and wood or iron railings and millwork.

The Kandalama Hotel is located in the central dry zone of Sri Lanka, unlike many of Bawa’s other buildings on humid oceanfront sites, and thus its design must adapt to a different climate. While pitched roofs are a necessity in coastal areas that receive heavy rain, the flat roofs at Kandalama function well in a dry climate and are less material-intensive. [2]

This hotel reminds me about Norman Foster when he strived for improving the building performance more than architectural articulation. The Kandalama features innovative building technologies and systems designed to mitigate the environmental impact of the building’s operation on the catchment of the nearby lake. The Kandalama Hotel is an excellent example of how tourist facilities can be integrated into an undeveloped landscape successfully, fostering appreciation for the natural beauty of the setting while minimizing negative environmental consequences.

There were interesting stories and comparison the attitudes of influence and inspiration, among Mies, and Corbusier. Historian Reyner Banham would tell how he had interviewed Le Corbusier in Paris in the late 1950s. he was curious about the inspirations of Corbusier’s mind, Corbusier and Mies van der Roher both working for Peter Behrens in Berlin in 1911 and together they went to hear a lecture on Frank Llyod Wright by Dutch architect Berlage. When questioned by Banham, Corbusier insisted’ Frank Llyod Wright, “I don’t know that name. This was the same Corbusier who in 1912 design his parent house inspired by Frank lyyod Wright. Some architect found that they were orginal and that there genious, self trained, being avant garde and centre of attention. 1912 - Villa Jeanneret-Perret, aka Maison Blanche, aka the White House, 12 Chemin de Pouillerel, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

Robson stated that Geoffrey Bawa did not aspire to be original or Avant – Garde, though many of his buildings were highly innovative. His architecture was not a means of personal expression: he enjoyed the process of causing buildings to be made. Good buildings gave him pleasure and he took pleasure from making buildings that gave others pleasure. He was concerned to make buildings that satisfied the aspirations of their users, which were appropriate to their setting and function [3]

Creating honest design, and performance based design is fundamental for design rather than attitude for being avant-garde, In the term of solving problem, we have to connect with the users, make them happy, nurture them, satisfy the land and the human. It will be good for students to understand and practice them. It’s like Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of space, he believed in imagination, the best work is to left the imagination and some part of the chest is closed and left for interpretations for admirers. I remember my childhood, with my family, in our family, I was thought by my father and mother, to have perfection in work, nurture the family, while staying real, and honest with everybody. That is why they gave me name realrich. I just think that the word “family” is getting bigger.One of them is student, and another future architect, the other family is Laurensia and cute Miracle who gave me love every day.

the attitude makes the originalism.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ArchNet
[2] Robson David, Beyond Bawa, modern masterworks of monsoon asia
[3] Archnet, http://archnet.org/collections/10/sites/3041

Free School of Architecture

RAW Belitung's trip pic by Rio Triwardhana
RAW Belitung’s trip pic by Rio Triwardhana

Few days ago, I went to Belitung with people in studio for outing and relaxation trip. The trip was very relaxing, we had our camaraderie through playing, sharing, and learning new places. The studio has been working really hard for the progress of name RAW. It was fully trip that we gave for the effort given by associates, and designers. Originally when we went out for the trip, it will be a review for the office. We had a review for the 6 years of the office as well, but I won’t tell story in this post now. It will be later, this post is about the moment that truly touched my heart.

one of the momen that touched me when we went to school Muhammadiyah Gantong, there were few children entertaining people with laskar pelangi song, and suddenly we started to sing. After that I went to other classroom, looking and imagining how the learning process happened. The school structure was poorly built, while I could not found the traces of the learning process which is predicted because the location was genuinely made for movie set “Laskar Pelangi” a movie. An Indonesian film adapted from the popular same titled novel by Andrea Hirata.

After that, We went to Museum of Word, an initiative by Andrea Hirata located in Manggar, which quiet far from downtown Tanjung Pandan but the long road was so amazing and enjoyable.
In this house, are showed how Bangka Belitung’s children dreams. looks like, Andrea wants to make this museum as the first Letter Museum in Indonesia which come from the island, who has many population lack read. The museum has so many inspiring quotes form many remarkable people in the world, I just feel that Hirata believe in dream, a dream of better educated people through words.

Word by Hirata itself

RAW Studio People's in front the museum
RAW Studio People’s in front the museum

Word by Hirata itself

The most inspiring part of this museum is at the back of the museum, there is small passage. The passage lead to the free school for belitung children. That is touched my heart. The fundamental of the knowledge is the education, while I feel inspired with the humbleness of the place, the simple seating, enough sunlight, simple structure with light construction made by wood and corrigated zinc.

Last time I was in the hard time how I could contribute to the society even more after establishing Omah Library. Now David is helping me to structure OMAH. Anis also has come back, and furthermore There are Greg, Rezki, Fandi, Ellena, and so many volunteers. We have a plan to establishing a course for omah as a way to get income and ease the load of money that was paid of omah’s operational

cost which vary around 10 million a month. But, this free school is going to be different, and I thought that it will be one the good initiative to connect architecture practice such as design principle, structure system, and mechanical needs with broader people through knowledge what what’s i believe in rooseno’s word, “knowledge is where west and east can meet” creating more beautiful set of world of brothers and sisters through architecture

Free School by Andrea Hirata
Free School by Andrea Hirata

Health is Wealth

“Robin Sharma shared about heart in being leader in his 2010’s publication, the title is about the leader with no title, I think this book is going to be worth to read by architects or all of the poeple to exercise leadeship by leading without title and for us who wanted healthier life.”

being healthier is difficult, it consists of knowing your food, doing your sports, and controling your body.
being healthier is difficult, it consists of knowing your food, doing your sports, and controling your body.

He believed that success is created through the performance of a few small daily disciplines that stack up over time to produce achievements far beyond anything you could have planned for. It’s well known for living legend Rudy Hartono to wake up early in the Morning to start training himself, so he become a champion in Badminton. “Antoni Salim, one of the prominent businessman also always jog every day at the early morning.” says my dad one time. when a year ago I tried to follow Pak Antoni jogging every morning, but it came last for only 1 month, my nike run apps was shut down, my shoes were hung at shelves. I was failed have healthy routines, there was lack of motivation to be healthy. Robin then wrote that Failure, on other hand is just as easy to slip into. Failure’s is nothing more than the inevitable outcome of a few small acts of daily neglect performed consistently over time so that they take you past the point of no return.

Cover book for Robin Sharma's The leader who Had no Title
Cover book for Robin Sharma’s The leader who Had no Title

2 years ago, I still could wake up every morning at 5.00 am until the work took the metabolism of the body, the time of waking up starting to be later, 6.00 am, 7.00 am, until 8.00 am, 9.00 am because of heavy overtime for design submission. by the time, my weight was increased to 74 kg from 67.5 kg. I could not wear any slim fit trousers, and it’s difficult or heavy to move. I thought it was only my psychology.

Then I read one book titled, Originals written by Adam Grant. he wrote when you want to change something, building a condition, system that make you to change, change your behavior, you can’t do it yourself, you need other people. In my mind, I thought, “okay I need a trainer.” I asked Rezki and Greg, that I wanted to do Yoga, and they introduced me to Feliz. Then at bright morning, the yoga started.

Originals written by Adam Grant
Originals by Adam Grant

I was realized when I did yoga with Feliz as a way for having routine exercise. I believe that if the mind could program, at least the metabolism could be adjusted by the routines. It came up that the exercise was really painful from one session to another session until fourth session ,it was more painful. Then I realized, that probably the problem is the nutrition, the food that we eat, resemble the balance of our mind, and spiritual side. Just at Monday, I came up with weight loss program in the office, that every 1 kg loss or gain toward ideal weight, the office will pay 200 k for it. It was quite exciting to start  and to walk the talk is more painful. I was in anger, and couldn’t control emotion, movement, losing energy, body start to tremble for 2 days. My body was suffering. We had a chat in the studio, and Miftah said “no pain no gain kak”

I think that is absolutely right. No pain no gain, even Feliz, our yoga teacher said, she experienced the same thing, started to eat in more healthy. She said even for her, starting yoga is painful even until now, so her body need stretching, the body will tell if we are ready for one pose to another pose.

Some of the people, like Ellena, Miftah lost 3 kilos and more until now, less than a month which is great for them and other people lost 2 kilos, 1 kilo, some of them couldn’t control their appetite and will have to prepare fine – 20 k for paying the excess per kilo.

Sharma wrote ‘Lucky breaks are nothing more than unexpected rewards for intelligent choices we’ve chosen to make. Success doesn’t just happen because someone’s stars line up. Success, both in business and personally is something that’s consciously created. It’s the guaranteed result of a deliberate series of acts that anyone can perform.” How can we not agree with !

And me, After 3 days having eat more healthy, my body was relaxed. in one week, I lost 2 kilos, and in 3 weeks I lost 3 kilos. My body is lighter, feels good, and the most important part, I can do my routine for waking up 5 a.m. in the morning to write this article and I have been doing yoga for almost 3 months, and feel healthier ever ! let’s encouraging each other to be healthier than before.

Note : for the dream team who are encouraging each other.

Our team : let's get healthier
Our team : let’s get healthier

Being Dominant ? phrasing cuala …

“you will never go wong in doing what is right,my young friend, never. if there is one thing I’ve learned about leadership siccess it’s that it lies at the intersection where excellence meets honor.” Robin Sharma

There is one phrase, “juara” meaning champion, some of my fellow staff named it as
“cuala”, one of the phrase that they often mentioned.  I’m curious because It’s weird,  it’s like jokes when people want to mock chinese language they use that alphabet C instead of J to express the accent by chinese people. I’m also curious where did they get that phrase. But anyway, this phenomena is interesting, because some of the people, tend to make it serious, as a way to get dominant, competitive, as a brotherhood, or as individual, allienate themselves, to show that being juara or cuala meaning that they are on top of others. Champion means a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, then what is rival, a person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity.

Norman Foster, a very talented and well organised architect was in the phase of phrasing cuala or being dominant as well. He did his first studio with team 4 together with Richard Rogers, Sue Rogers, and Wendy Foster. The kept arguing, in the discussion, the ideas could not be integrated, Rogers was keen to expression, the tectonics of building while Foster was more interested on building integration ,building performance, then they were separated in the early years of practice left both of them making their own architecture ideals. Foster went for foster associates, and Rogers for their own. They hired a flat in Hampstead, and the practiced in the other room, the office and living quarter was divided by wall partition. Foster almost went bankrupt while working for HSBC, he kept his office with small group of people in London. He sent Spencer, David, Moshan, Ken, and another people in total of 100 people to Hongkong, he thought that that was their best chance. [1]

“At the time we couldn’t understand why he (Norman) didn’t move to Hongkong with us, We had to keep briefing him on what had happened between visits, but in retrospect he was abolutely right. What Foster always had in mind was the long term future . When the bank was finished he did not want to find himself back where he had been before he won the hongkong competition. “ David Nelson

Then after the HSBC, he had to sacrifice people in his studio because he couldn’t afford them, one of the people even had to redraw some of the old projects, for publications that can attract more works. It was turbulent time for him.  He focussed on the ide of the projects nailed the idea one by one, one of the important milestone is HSBC tower, the firm had not worked on high rise project before, the reputation went up, and some of the next commision gave opportunities for giving more innovation, more ideas, and then perfecting mastery in building performance and integration.

Norman Foster is probably can be justified as cuala or championed for building performance and integration. He found design principle to make the building run more efficient, building system more efficient, and look more sophisticated, and cost more efficient. His chemistry with other people has been remarkable, he has been well known of his persuasive, and effort for making his projects realized. In the book by Deyan Sujic, Sujic wrote that, “Out of every eight competitions he takes part in, only one leads to completed building. And even when it ocmes to the successful projects where the fees get paid, ony one produces abuilding. yet he must not only design it, but lobby for it, help raise money for it, and do his best to sell it as well. … ” and then he continued, the most important message.

He embraced the ideas, not on his position, label, status, wealth. Civilized meaning to think about your positioning by contributing increasing other’s value. he is such open and well connected to his collegeaue, client, and friends. the cuala or champion title, comes from cuala or champion habit, that is connecting with other people, giving your self out to the world, rather than being introvert and detached from other people. Sudjic then wrote as a very beautiful conclusion ‘the process demands the self knowledge needed to stop the architect from failing into the banal trap of the fountainhead complex, losing all touch with reality in a pursuit of a megalomaniac fantasy.” [1]

Deyan Sudjic's work Norman Foster a life in Architecture https://aabookshop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/foster-web-708x1024.jpg
Deyan Sudjic’s work Norman Foster a life in Architecture https://aabookshop.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/foster-web-708×1024.jpg

Ref :
[1] Norman Foster Works 1
[2] Sudjic Deyan, Norman Foster A life in architecture. pp 293

Hyper Complexity

In presentation of Balai Purnomo Hadi University Indonesia. Yori Antar as juror, made a comment, “you said that the scheme was simple, but it is complicated, you said it’s complicated but it is simple”

That is threshold of allegory, al·le·go·ryˈaləˌɡôrē/
noun a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. I think he was right, the scheme was complicated, but it is simple for me. The triangle form which was repeated in circular parti which was engineered for rain water harvesting. The competition ended up us as being finalist in the round, sonny sutanto architect as winner, and pavilion 95 as another finalist, the other participants are Aboday, Atelier Two, Arkonin, Arkitekton Limatama, Duta Cermat Mandiri (Denton Crooker Marshall Indonesia)

here is the news from the committee
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As a shell, Indonesian culture of what we are in, from the primitive construction to the advanced material innovation. The term of complex bring combinations of maze, a rubic cube showing the path of the creativity in building craftmanship.

I thought that the avant garde which proposed by new generation of Indonesian architect is in big question in society, because of the simplification of its meaning, the generalisation of making architecture as a commodity. Meanwhile, the regionalism in the stream of design brought up. The question then, will be asked by public to the architect, what is the next generation of our era, the future Indonesian Architect.

The hyper complexity rejected singular solution for every aspect, this complexity believe that each of the moment, each of the party, each of the project is unique by its approach driven by the architect. The architect will be at the centre of the paradigms, covering the what should be done, what should not be done. In that sense, the authority of the architect and the authenticity by the architect shall be given by the public. And the appreciation will be even higher than before.

This concept underlines that the concept will focus on 2 layers of thinking :

First, is the internal side of the architect, the creativity side, that architect need to put his or her imagination alive. This process is about the cultivation of experience, the sadness, the happiness. It’s about the trust and belief of the architect and his or her background. The mastery is challenged

Second, is the external side of the architect. The domain of the architecture, which are the clients, the builders, the other specialities consultants, such as mechanical, electrical, structure, quantity surveyor, or even project management. The architect is the heart of the parties, that is why the rational, the mind, and even the spirituality must be connected, every parties need to realise that they are going to the same objective.

After the work is done, then, to show the complexity of the project, the complex, unsingular, clear informations are needed to show the project is not so simple, and well thought, and it’s worth it to show. It’s an act for self criticism for greater good. because appreciationis given not grabbed, appreciation comes from a focus on others. Then, appreciation will follow with reputations.perspektif-3-outdoor-3

Facing Death – Counting Times

I remember last time my uncle passed away, few months ago. we visited him in hospital just a day before he passed away. The doctor asked for our opinion to put ventilator or just to leave him without breath support. It was uneasy experience, we got to choose. Putting ventilator is not easy, it’s painful for him, leaving him without breath support is also uneasy. He had been experiencing his life with cancer for the last 1 year. It had been painful for him.

During my stay at the hospital, I realised so many things, we got sick, and felt so sad because we couldn’t bear to see the losing, the sadness of our big family. I realised that this life need to be ended someday, there will be omega for all of us. I still have 2 beautiful father and mother from my side, and 2 beautiful father and mother from laurensia’s side.

Facing the death, our dignity, money, and love will not be last.

my aunt was faint several times, my cousin, who are younger few years than me, they are still studying in uni now are courageous to support their mother and father. Looking at their experience, seems that turbulence made them stronger.

I asked one of my students about the meaning of the death,his name is Robin,  he had been working to design cemetry.

Is the death something really dark ?
or something really bright ?
is the death the end of journey ?
or is it beginning of the journey ?
to design something great,

we start with process of construction and desconstrution in our head, by reinterpreting our lifes as human being.

The two exhibitions: Architecture without Architects and Deconstructivist Architecture

One of well known exhibition is curated by Bernard Rudofksy titled, architecture without architect with an agenda to explore a exemplars of indigenous architecture, He travelled to some of place, took photograph, and wrote paragraph about the story that was found by him during the trip. We need to put his exhibition context to the year 1960 when Jane Jacobs did critic for city in United States, attacked architect for the responsibility detaching architecture to people in process of making architecture. This exhibition had opportunity to show, architecture, which grew in the people and could change people and had close relationship to the city. The word to sum up the quality of the exhibition was ingenious. The exhibition followed with book titled architecture without architects.


Another example is Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition curated by Philip Johnson and Mark Wigley in New York. This exhibition featured works by Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Rem Koolhaas, Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelb(l)au, and Bernard Tschumi. They were new generations of architecture which breaking modern architecture by its product and process. Johnson and Wigley explained the manifesto in several points to conclude the architecture phenomena; they stated that the architects recognized the imperfectability of the modern world and seek to address, in Johnson’s words, the “pleasures of unease.” Obsessed with diagonals, arcs, and warped planes, they intentionally violate the cubes and right angles of modernism. Their projects continue the experimentation with structure initiated by the Russian Constructivists, but the goal of perfection of the 1920s is subverted. Disharmony, fracturing, and mystery displace the traditional virtues of harmony, unity, and clarity. The exhibition includes drawings, models, and site plans for recent projects by Coop Himmelblau, Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Zaha M. Hadld, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, and Bernard Tschumi (11st of projects attached). Their works are preceded by an introductory section of Constructivist paintings and sculptures drawn from the Museum’s collection.

The two exhibitions: Architecture without Architects and Deconstructivist Architecture have strong agendas, informations, that could be beneficial to the public and changed the constellation of architecture in the world.

I think ARA’s Exhibition: Intimacy, in the appraisal of good exhibition’s framework has 4 agendas: first, intimacy tried to minimize the gab of architect and the public, showing with it’s title and the models which can be played by public and workshop by kids, second, it exhibited the layer of the architect’s studio showing by the relics, the things around designers such as, miniatures, or even guitar played by the staffs or else. Third, it tried to exhibit the layers of communications between stakeholders such as principals and other party by notes showing communications inside whataspp group printed and hung on the wall. Fourth, it shows an introduction for ARA’s work through models, text and some diagrams. These 4 layers are combined with an attitude to open their studio for public especially for architects, young designers, students for sharing ideas, discussions, or just for chatting.

The quality of the exhibition as starting is promising. It’s promising because some of the good exhibitions started with 2 main cores: agendas, and attitude, which shows that this exhibition has quality to be judged. For me this exhibition is not an ending, or omega, it is just an introduction or starter or alpha for the next sequel exhibitions which can be continued with more discussions, discourse, and sharing to architecture community in Indonesia and we can hope for architecture appreciation could be better from time to time in Indonesia.

Heart and Agenda for Exhibiting Architecture

What is our current state of Indonesian architecture exhibition. Do we need architecture exhibition? What is the current state of architecture appreciation? In what sense architecture exhibition will provide value to culture, society, and further agenda? Do we have a good reflection of our current paradigm? Is there any good critic attitude?

 

some of th example of ARA’s exhibition

To see the quality of the exhibition, first, it really depends on the agenda of the curator, what the meaning of the exhibition is, Why the exhibition, and How it is executed. Off course some of the curator might think that why do we need an agenda? Why don’t we just exhibit whatever we have, and let public decide? Inside the mastermind of the curator there are various agenda, I don’t believe in there is no agenda in the exhibition, there are only 2 agendas, private of social agenda and There are 2 streams of paradigm, the first one is agenda which is more introvert, to show a set of skill, mastery in architecture. The other is a more extrovert, more social; it’s about showing social agenda to the public. We can refer to David Hutama’s lecture in Omah Library, I summed that architect needs these 3 skills in architect profession: It could be skill as artisan, technician or even social businessperson. The two streams sometimes can be combined depends of the agendas, more introvert or more extrovert, mixed depends more to the curator who is the driver of the exhibition. The exhibition quality depends on the depth of the agenda, and communicating the idea to the public.

Universitas Pelita Harapan once has brought complete set of information of showing mastery and social agenda, in their academic agenda, by exhibition waktu adalah ruang curated by Fernissia Richtia, Robin Hartanto, and Andreas Annex. The exhibition shows a complex stage from basic stage to learn architecture, which was experienced by students by understanding the small: hinge and joint to the big or macro, which is the urban level. There are many details, big scale model, well written explanatory and finally there was book launching to sum up the whole information.

UPH exhibition waktu adalah ruang http://i0.wp.com/www.arsitektur.asia/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Zona-Tugas-Akhir.jpg
UPH exhibition waktu adalah ruang http://i0.wp.com/www.arsitektur.asia/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Zona-Tugas-Akhir.jpg

The models in Waktu adalah Ruang Exhibition exhibited with storyboard from intimate to more public project, showing the understanding from micro to macro.

UPH Exhibition Waktu adalah ruang http://media.rooang.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Zona-Kontinum-Kota-Tua.jpg
UPH Exhibition Waktu adalah ruang http://media.rooang.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Zona-Kontinum-Kota-Tua.jpg
“Segar” Adalah sebuah pameran arsitektur yang diselenggarakan untuk meramaikan pemilihan ketua umum Ikatan Arsitek. @adam Anaki Instagram Picture
“Segar” Adalah sebuah pameran arsitektur yang diselenggarakan untuk meramaikan pemilihan ketua umum Ikatan Arsitek. @adam Anaki Instagram Picture

Meanwhile the exhibition in like indobuildtech showing more commercial Agenda and Exhibition Segar showing more political agenda in relation to moment of Indonesian Institute of Architect. Reflecting in this selection process and the empathy to the public. I did critic for some of the exhibition titled Segar few months ago. The curator selected the participant. I was thinking if this exhibition was intended for celebrating the moment of selection of chief of Indonesian Institute of Architects. Deep in my mind I have so many questions, but fundamentally why should we, that we are in Jakarta, which already has reputations, 50 architects or more trying to show existence by having less agenda. It would be great if some of the architects, from outside java, unheard, but has ingenious work and several limitations of information, could be invited to collaborate in exhibition as a part of political agenda to unite architects in Indonesia. In the architecture, architects have their own label, and branding, off course it could be an attraction as the name is announced in the exhibition, but does the content is more important, because the architects who have great branding, started from zero by their amazing work, it’s not instant, it’s long journey, to start the career, some of the architects like Gehry, Mayne, the need 10 years to train and produce body of work.

Hyderabad, Sindh, southern Pakistan; not Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, south India. Images from Bernard Rudofsky, Architecture without Architects, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1964: windscoops (called bad-gir by Rudofsky, müg by Wikipedia) on the roofs of buildings, which channel air into their interiors. “In multistoried houses they reach all the way down, doubling as intramural telephones. Although the origin of this contraption is unknown, it has been in use for at least five hundred years.”
Hyderabad, Sindh, southern Pakistan; not Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, south India. Images from Bernard Rudofsky, Architecture without Architects, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1964: windscoops (called bad-gir by Rudofsky, müg by Wikipedia) on the roofs of buildings, which channel air into their interiors.
“In multistoried houses they reach all the way down, doubling as intramural telephones. Although the origin of this contraption is unknown, it has been in use for at least five hundred years.”

 

Pembelajaran Seumur Hidup

Adalah bukan rahasia lagi bahwa seorang arsitek membutuhkan waktu lama untuk bisa tumbuh. Seorang Frank Gehry yang mendesain Guggenheim Museum di Bilbao, Spanyol, Thom Mayne yang mendesain Bangunan sekolah Copper Union di New York, ataupun Renzo Piano yang mendesain The Shard di London, Inggris, ataupun Norman Foster yang mendesain Reichstag di Jerman membutuhkan 20 – 30 tahun untuk bisa membuat publik memahami prinsip – prinsip desain yang ada kemudian menerimanya. Pencapaian ini bisa dihubungkan dengan penghargaan Pritzker Prize yang sudah diterima arsitek – arsitek tersebut. Pritzker prize adalah sebuah nobel arsitektur, penghargaan untuk arsitek yang menyumbangkan ide -idenya untuk masyarakat. Dari lamanya pembelajaran yang dibutuhkan arsitek, Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia (IAI) berusaha untuk membuat tatanan pembelajaran arsitek dari 3 tahun untuk arsitek pratama, 5 tahun untuk arsitek madya, juga 10 tahun untuk arsitek utama. Ketiga tingkatan ini bergantung dari kompleksitas pekerjaan, tinggi bangunan, dan kerumitan sistem bangunan yang muncul untuk membuat bangunan ini berfungsi baik seperti integrasi struktur, mekanikal, elektrikal, pencahayaan, sistem transportasi, sistem kebakaran yang perlu untuk dituangkan kedalam gambar kerja yang terukur sebagai panduan kontraktor untuk bekerja.

Frank Gehry memulai belajar dengan kegagalan, kemudian ia bisa lulus dari jurusan arsitektur dan kemudian magang, ia kemudan mencoba bertahan hidup dengan membaut praktek sendiri dan mendesain bangunan – bangunan komersial. Sehingga pada akhirnya setelah saatnya tiba, ia memutuskan untuk memilih klien, dan mengerjakan pekerjaan yang baik untuk dirinya sendiri, pada akhirnya muncullah desain Guggenheim di BIlbao. Frank Gehry memutuskan untuk belajar menghadapi tantangan di masyarakat, membuktikan bahwa ia mau belajar untuk menyesuaikan diri dengan masyarakat. Pak Achmad Noerzaman seorang direktur Arkonin juga membutuhkan waktu dalam perjalanannya menjadi seoarang presiden direktur di Arkonin, salah satu biro arsitek terbesar di Indonesia. Ia berangkat dari seseorang yang belajar dari senior – seniornya, melakukan sketsa – sketsa desain, dan membuktikan dari satu proyek ke proyek lainnya, terbangun dan tidak terbangun, konsep sampai gambar kerja sehingga karyanya mewarnai bilangan Jendral Sudirman, Bundaran HI, dan banyak lagi di kota – kota besar di seluruh Indonesia. Ada juga Tan Tjang Ay, yang mendesain bangunan – bangunan yang lebih sederhana, yang lebih menekankan pada sisi – sisi yang lebih detail, melayani klien – klien yang lebih personal dari jasa desain sampai bangunan – bangunan tersebut terbangun dengan inovasi – inovasi penggunaan material lokal dan pengolahan ruang yang efisien.Tidak jauh dari Indonesia, di Indonesia, seorang Laurie Baker, finalis peraih pritzker prize di tahun 2007, membuat desain – desain yang sederhana bersama costford sehingga terdesain rumah sebanyak 35.000 rumah di India. Desain – desain Laurie Baker memiliki sensitifitas terhadap kontur lahan, tipe pondasi, pemilihan jenis material, dan ekspresi yang jujur.

Heart of Pedagogy

courtesy of ARA Studio https://thingswedoinara.wordpress.com
courtesy of ARA Studio https://thingswedoinara.wordpress.com
Last few days, I came to ARA exhibition intimacy. A strange feeling, that I got when I entered their new office which was at that time became the gallery space. Erel, Goya, Iwan asked me to come and share about architectural pedagogy in ARA’s Intimacy exhibition. The question raised in my mind , do we need pedagogy, yes off course we need it, but how to create the good practice to transfer the knowledge between the people to the other people, old to young, practician to academic, academic to practician.
Then, this story began,..
Defry Ardianta as moderator of the discussion
Defry Ardianta as moderator of the discussion

The story started from the breed of two type of pedagogy, one is  empiricist, about learning what is already there, the joint,detail, the approach which was proven and second is rationalist view, creating something new which the solution is fresh, and new. I thought probably we are  all finding a roots for being romantic, empiricist while trying creating ratio for our contemporary practice as in our world, both of the them are paradox when it came to reality. It is normal to be equilibrium, paradox is in the need, knowing true and false is needed to get self criticism, without self criticism there is no heart of pedagogy. This is the first point. To be able to get self critics, we need to be open ,and honest. ARA wanted to be honest by opening their studio, sharing their story, and this intimacy, which means getting close to, is one of their agenda, getting close to creating honest story, honest relationship, honest space of culture sharing and learning. Even there are some notebook consists of communication between principals, contractor to see, to show a high grade of transparency even though the message is not clearly noted, why do we need to see the notebook, is there any something important behind it, what the message is can not easily understood by visitors.

I walked to the entrance,and  seeing the note by Ayos Purwoadji, seeing the agenda, setting the frame to be judged. The exhibition started by a series of projects which was broken, dismantled into several smaller block, people can play the massing to create new composition, then they had research about some of the circulations of the building which is abstract. There was initiative to gather elementary kids to play with their massing to show that architecture is fun. The approach of the exhibition is quite unique, there are interaction between the object becoming the act of playing in the very creative side of the design iteration.

When we started to mold our ground creating the similar understanding, about problem, then discussion happens. The collaborative design, was essentially designed for working in more complex project, the more we have to open to other party, the more we have to collaborate especially to structure, mechanical, quantity surveyor, project management, builders, and at the end the collaborate with peers, assistant as a part of body of the firm. The collaboration is the take and give relationship, the act of speaking and the act of listening. There is paradox to create equilibrium, this exhibition is about creating equilibrium of getting close to by creating the same domain to discuss architecture.

As a part of the graduation, transfer knowledge, there will be camariderie among the collegues, which are normal. leaving good memories of practicing architecture. In the ARA Intimacy Exhibtiion at the end of the room, there are relics, property, things that is colouring designer desk, life, creating memory while they worked in the studio. My question expanded about how is the life of their past staffs, designers, what is the relationship between the principals and each of the staff who has resigned. What is their view about architectural pedagogy.

Then, the question then raised that is it an important exhibition ? then, what it the quality of this exhibition. No doubt, that this exhibition is a milestone in Surabaya for creating good community initiatives which is needed for appreciating architecture, but as a content, it is only touching the surfaces of studio culture, which is like appreciating beauty by enjoyment of creativity, that we, architect still have our own space, the house of the architect, home of creativity, there are no product of architecture showed in the exhibition, there are no plan, no elevation, no section, no information except concept models and relics.

There were more stark, banal problem or I can say basic problem of our profession which is uncovered such as knowledge development the transfer of knowledge between principals and the designers, the standard of the working drawing, the logic and fallacy of the ARA’s design approach or even some data, statistic about type of contract, way of legal administration, number of working hours, how big the salary for junior architect and architect  or even the quantity of project which was not built compared to the project which was built.

Probably it’s a too much request for this exhibition and expectation for ARA and i’m so sorry because i’m getting excited for the fruition of this exhibition, nevertheless It’s was a great starting point, hopefully there will be sequel starting with transparency to uncovered at least basic problem. There are always the alpha or beginning of each process, and this is a brilliant start or I can assume promising start of the good pedagogy starting at the heart of pedagogy, an attitude to be honest with intimacy. Reflecting on ARA’s intimate exhibition, we can be optimistic that in few years, hopefully there will be hearted community and the appreciation to architecture is a way more higher than before.

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. :)

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

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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view from the pool side

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

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

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First initial sketch of the house

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

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

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.”

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.

Learning the Opposite Side of Soejoedi to Hasan Poerbo

Bandung – Paris van Java, 151217. ” It belongs to the imperfection of everything human that man can only attain his desire by passing through its opposite.” Soren Kierkegaard

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“I think you have to go to outside the country again to learn the opposite.”
Agus said it quietly when we had discussion during lunch at Bandung. At that time, RAW had project in Bandung that was about ground breaking, a small house for Rusda. I had few hours before going back to Jakarta, I went to Bandung with Pak Djatmiko and Pak Misnu.

Agus and me had lunch together at one cafe near ITB. Few years back in 2002, Agus was a librarian in Architecture Department Institute Technology of Bandung, and I was still a student at that time. We were introduced by Gunawan Tanuwidjaja. Agus was from Cibangkong, he said the area was well known as one of the densest neighbourhood in the world. Together with Gunawan, we made one small group who had a dream to provide digital library at that time, we were naive, tried to document some of the knowledge with limited resources, and using our spare time.

Agus tried to make a point when I listened to what he said. He was just someone who love architecture so much, believe on such ideal thing that humanity should colour architecture. He was just not as confident as before, sometimes he said that he is not an architect, he should not critize architecture. However, people critise because they have point to say, one view point, starting with an argument, going to another argument, label comes second.

Agus started his argument by describing the time I had worked in Foster and Partners, few years back, then worked on doing architecture at RAW. He concluded that experience resembled Soejoedi in one side. Soejoedi was one of the prominent architect few decades back in Indonesia, he mastered the modernist language, based on rationalist approach, ratio supremacy. then he continued,

“You are complete just if you try to understand
the heart of the architect,
not the ratio…
You need to go learning again,
someday,…
to learn the opposite side,
being complete like Mangunwijaya. “

then, Agus continued that the opposite side is resembled by Hasan Poerbo. A great father of public housing few decades back who had deep concern on technique to provide housing for people. He was the person who challenge the prototype of urban housing in Indonesia. Agus continued,

“forgive me
but I am not an architect,
I wanted to critize some of the prominent architects,
look at the joint,
look at the material met,
It is not special,
so why I bother to praise it.”

Agus was right, from my point of view, he was honest about how he feel about architecture that he had seen. Its his blink ability judged the quality of the process.

I remember one time we went to Sendang Sono, Wisma Kuwera, both of them was designed by Mangunwijaya, and church of Pohsarang that was designed by maclaine pont (together with family). I look at the joint, the construction was honest, humble, and creative to answer efficiency, function, less about the fashion. There will be function and there will be fashion, all of us are seeking for equilibrium.


After that we had discussion about rural studio, a studio that was found by Samuel Mockbee. I also remember about Studio Mumbai which consists on a group of Indian architects and craftsmen, all resident artisans of Studio Mumbai, headed by Bijoy Jain, one of India’s foremost architects. in my rational thought I thought that the approach of being architect will be same, whoever the client is, however the context will be different, the budget, the attitude, the material, the expectation would be different but the approach will be similar. In my heart thought, I think that the design process will be quite different, we need to approach the another side by much heart, to understand the deeper layer of who is in charge with the project. The craftsmen on field, the very specific expenditure which can drive specific experiments, deeper layer of innovations, the bolt and join, to answer Agus critics.

There were times that it looks like that there are opposite sides.
one time, …
I was in the train
going to somewhere place.
I started to look around,
why there was nobody around.
and asking
why is nobody here ?
I saw strangers in the strange train.
I don’t know anybody here

Suddenly I woke up
and many people were there,

Laurensia was there,
Miracle was there,
people in the studio were there,
people in the workshop were there,
people in the library were there,
many close friends were there.
many strangers were there

I saw Agus was there.
he asked
“Good morning, how are you ?.. “
destiny,
coincidental,
fate,
perfection,
every part has a partner,
we are not alone

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.

 

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.

Young People Speak up

I have much to say why my reputation should be rescued from the load of false accusation and calumny which has been heaped upon it. -Robert Emmet

Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 7.51.01 AMYesterday I was quite surprised seeing the post on Facebook about the work of my student, Evan Kriswandi, Gideon Sutanto, Reynold Adiputra, Michael Jo . They got 2nd prize for Sinar mas Competition. There was people questioned about the scheme that my students worked on, the scheme was questioned on its originality, presumably it was questioned as similar with the other people works who had won the second and first prize of other competition few years ago. This question was about ethic, not about the scheme, but to see the ethic, one can analyse the scheme and think about the brief of the competition, which was quite different and the result was different at all. By looking at the premise, the question failed, it became rhetoric, I would think that It’s accusition. It’s not fair for my students.

Few hours, after the discussion in his post. Avianti Armand wrote in her timeline, a note for herself which I think is valid for this context that the questions should be analysed with further data before we posted it to public, social media before we judged people. Because if those premise failed before we accused other, the writer will look stupid. She wrote it as a note for herself, but actually I feel so sad.

I feel sad for all of these unimportant debate, discussion or whatsoever.

I feel sad because of the effort of 2 months work made by the students, their good name was judged based on one false interpretation. I followed their effort each week, watching the scheme scrutinised over and over, deconstructed over and over, looking it over, and I looked at the process. What if I wasn’t there, I wasn’t there looking, was there any people to back them up ? what if this thing happen in other area ? Do we actually have that ethic to appreciate others ? do we have the intention to build good relationship on building good profession.

I feel sad because, is it really our level of understanding architecture deep enough to innovate ? I felt so dizzy, and quite angry of this debate and waited for objective discussion came in. and waiting for more positive people will join the debate. I feel sad because, the road of becoming architect for this young students, still long way, and they faced reality that judgement, accusition will color their path. It’s not only to my students, but for all of the young people.

But at the end, I am feeling happy that the have faced this situation in their young age, their first few days after graduation so they can wake up. I feel happy to support the young people like them, to grow because I have been helped by number of fantastic altruistic people, to help my practice grow. I have been helped by number of positive support by people surrounding me. So young people, keep on fighting, don’t be afraid to speak your words. be brave ! I am at your back, the objective is not to hate people personality, but to discourage judgement and to spread more love of architecture. after all architecture is not only profession, but it’s more than that.

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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.

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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.

Lecture in OMAH Library
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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