The Leverage is much higher

November 26, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

credit to the National Gallery of Singapore picture to Tatyana Kusumo

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I miss them :)

November 19, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

The Strange Library

November 15, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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


Allegory in Architecture

November 15, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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“Frank, why you design your house like this ?”
“because I like it”
“so you don’t like my project”
“I don’t like it”
“so why you worked on that project”
“because I did it for living”
“you shouldn’t do that then”
“yes, I won’t do that anymore”

that was a concise transcript from the interview of Frank Gehry, in a book by Barbara Isenberg. After that situation, the client left Gehry, and Gehry was terrified for his future, how he would pay his staff without his client. He had difficulty to explain his ideals to the clients, and the clients did not value his design approach. It turned out that Gehry was okay, and the client was okay. Gehry finaly built, Bilbao, and finaly he designed Louis Vuitton Foundation. The client was even more successful, it was happy ending story.

I have another story in just past month.

“The design of the building is below my criteria, this is not sustainable building.”

One time, one man who was the coordinator said it in my first meeting with him . At that time, I was wondering why did he said that, did he know the design intent from the beginning ? did he know the value that was extracted during meeting with clients ? I was angry and argued, that the building is sustainable, and we have got the design approach right from the beginning.

after our explanation, he just noticed that he didn’t get the latest drawing done by us, what he got is the latest drawing done by the previous consultant. I was angry and sounded quite hard, because of the judgement from him without further analysis. I think this is always happened, to get the judgement by its cover. This is problem when people has difficulty to know architect’s intent. I felt sorry because I kind of angry and the situation was not to comfortable for both of us.

Louis Kahn contemplated a romantic picture when he designed the Salk Insitute in California. Scientist would walk up and down between the laboratory building and the plazal the would engage in heated debates about the problems of the world; they would pause to “chalk an equation or draw a diagram” on the slabs of slate that Kahn had placed there for their convenienve. But as Arthur Danto has observed that no bodey was ever there nobode but architectural touris. Kahn was almost hopeless in his romanticicsm, hoped people would rist the the architecture but rarely did or do. [1]

Ironically in architecture without architects, Rudofsky discussed that architecture is not made or designed by individuals or groups intentionally to produce meaning. It happens in Parc de la villete in Paris that the meaning is understandable only if people, through text and narrative know how is understandable by public. This is our home work to explain our idea to the other people other than architect. After that the narrative will come alive as what it was designed. If we have enough experience, the allegory will be decreased if we are more sensitive,of maybe even increased if we lack of information, and disrespect to the other.

The last part is all about alchemy with other people, which proves that my experience with the project management is a process to face other, to explain the architecture, to be patience with the gab of knowledge, to be patience with the judgement, because sometimes it’s just happen in the wrong timing, and wrong place, made by future friends, a fragment of happy ending. I just remember piece by Jaya Suprana played by Priscilla Yosephanie. The title of the piece is Fragmen.

[1] Danto, Arthur. Philosophizing Art : Selected Essays, Berkeley : University of California Press.
[2] Rudofsky, Bernard, Architecture without architect.


November 11, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

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

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

not much then really.”

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

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

Walk a Little Slower, Daddy, Mommy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do many smiles

November 5, 2015 § 2 Komentar


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

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

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

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


Men at Work

November 5, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Theodore Roosevelt

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There was one competition of high rise building,  we tried to push new ideas, spending time quite a bit to solve the planning. We proposed about having integrated atrium connecting office, meeting, and public space on one linear space connected by building facing north to south and respecting the scale and treatment of the heritage building adjacent. We did several workshop, testing bits pieces,  in order to learn much from this project.

Personally I really don’t care about winning or losing this project, there were 3 things in my mind working on this competition : First, to test the strength of process and production of our current team right now, Is the chemistry and coordination strong enough ? . Second, is to have fulfilment session to address the people in the studio, trying to appreciate their time and idea. The third, is to commit myself that this is great learning curve, and obviously we do, I really do learn in this project, for the calculation of the energy in the building, the execution of ideas, and the most difficult part, how to make the design work in terms of operational. In this third idea, the learning curve is exercised, and we need to be confident that our process were great.

In many design exercises, people tend to ask for answers. I really believe dan there are hunger of explorations in the most creative people. This creative people, whom I called them restless spirits, tend to be more cooperative, less – self centred and more willing to help other people. I tried to help them grow, nurturing their ideas. Facing all of the people in the studio, looking at the effort, reminded me of Gretchen Rubin when she asked, what did I do in our spare time ? She found that her co clerks at the supreme court : they read law journals for fun, they talked about cases during their lunch hours, they felt energised by their efforts. They showed enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm is more important to mastery than innate ability, it turns out because the single most important element in developing an expertise is your willingness to practise, you’re better off pursuing a profession that comes easily and that you love because that’s where you will be more eager to practice and thereby ear a competitive advantage. I really enjoy the fun of failure. Let’s not afraid to fail.

Many people worked very hard, I looked at them on 5 a.m in the morning, everybody were very tired, and was sleeping. I felt a sleep quite bit of times at desk, sleeping- waking in the need to wake up and did the model for the development. In my mind, I remember few years back, when me and Iyok, were at the studio of DP Architect in Singapore, just both of us, turning off the lights of the studio. 

Actually, I felt guilty to have people staying this late in the office. Suddenly the face of one of the Rimba popped up in my messenger, and telling about how grateful he was, and how much he learnt in this project, and willing to push more.
I have been so fortunate to be accompany with all of beautiful people in RAW studio, there are two things matter most, first who are willing to try premise by premise, testing it, sometimes right and sometimes wrong. let the process flow. I thanked all of these efforts. Second, I looked at the product, and felt very happy with the result, and will give my best thoughts, ideas, to give the best appreciations to their efforts in this moment, this time. It’s commitment to appreciate the process.

[1] Rubin, Gretchen. The Happiness Project.
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Rectangle in Rumah Petak

Oktober 31, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

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

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


Journey To the East – Awakening the Roots

Oktober 31, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Today is friday night,  I was thinking about the next lecture on omah series, in collaboration with UPH Architecture and Konteks. This is about the first phase of mastery by greene, it’s deep observation.

Le Corbusier wrote book titled Journey to the East as travel diary that the twenty-four-year-old Charles-Édouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier) kept during his formative journey through Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe in 1911. It’s about his experience in contact with vernacular architecture, the mosque complexes, the Acropolis, and the Parthenon.

Le Corbusier’s story is very much a story of awakening and a voyage of discoveries, recording a seven-month journey that took him from Berlin through Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, Istanbul, Athos, Athens, Naples, and Rome, among other places. Le Corbusier considered this journey the most significant of his life. Hearing the lecturer in this short course, is like having a pilgrimage trip from best teachers and professors in this course. I never been to Corbusier’s work, but reading this, I would love to observer some of his works.

This deep observation phase was well known phase for architects, like Antonie Predock, Frank Gehry, carlo scarpa, or even Tadao Ando. To be a master, period of deep observation is the critical point. As Bernard Schumi said in Virilio’s book Landscape as events, there will be person who will be need to share his understanding, wisdom, bringing map so every matters will be shiny in crystal clear for especially to understand the wisdom of the east, very heart of Indonesian specialities. This is the position of the lecturer who will present journey to the east short course.

The process of deep observation is divided to 5 topics , Education, Traditional – Contemporary Architecture, Sustainable design in tropical climate, and materiality in indonesian context – awakening the modern craftmanship. The course is set by  5 considerations on how we learn the forming of education of an architect, understanding our traditional wisdom, reflecting on our current contemporary issues, innovating through sustainable architecture, and the last mastering the architecture and the technology and science of material in form making. 

There are 5 – friends, thinkers, and professors that will be the presenter, person who will deliver the thoughts about journey to the east. David Hutama, Setia Sopandi, Avianti Armand, Tiyok Prasetyoadi and Adi Purnomo. David is one of the best to explain the condition of education of architects in indonesia, he is the one who proposed Pak Cung, one architect, historian, lecturer, currator of several exhibition and Bu Vivi, writer, architect, lecturer. Pak Tiyok, co founder GBCI, architect, and community leader and Pak Mamo, writer, architect, and lecturer to join the board. They are very busy people, I am glad they will to help this short course for the restless spirit.

I remember quote from Erich Fromm which fills me full of curiosity in this deep observation phase

“Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be…Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you’ll live as you’ve never lived before.”

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[2] Greene, Robert. Mastery

Growing Mind – Awaking the Third Drive

Oktober 29, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

There are two types of mindset, fixed mindset, and growth mindset. people with a fixed mindset believe that you are stuck with however much intelligence you’re born with. They would agree with this statement: “If you have to work hard, you don’t have ability. If you have ability, things come naturally to you.” When they fail, these kids feel trapped. They start thinking they must not be as talented or smart as everyone’s been telling them. They avoid challenges, fearful that they won’t look smart.

people with a growth mindset believe that intelligence can be cultivated: the more learning you do, the smarter you become. These kids understand that even geniuses must work hard. When they suffer a setback, they believe they can improve by putting in more time and effort. They value learning over looking smart. They persevere through difficult tasks.

I had talk with Rio, he wanted to open coffee store, he, his girlfriend, like coffee so much. I knew they had business before, Terminal Kopi, and they still have a dream to enjoy their passion in coffee making. Even he tried to explain to me how to make good coffee in several steps. how different little steps to stir coffee will make much difference on the taste, Hearing him, it’s like hearing somebody in joy, I just wonder how he wanted to grow bit by bit considering his young age. He had this growth mindset while some people are just afraid of challenges, fear of the future.

Growth is what the people with the second mindset, growth mindset believe in. It’s what we are in the architecture trying to learn by putting time and effort. Off course the ability will be challenged.

This mindset was well explained by Daniel H. Pink in his book Drive. He introduced three drives in human behaviour, first drive is, the basic drive to survive, to overcome, hunger, drank to quench their thirst. Second drive is, the punishment and reward drive, it’s basically drives from external environment for example like if you raise our pay we would work harder. The third drive, is the learning and explore drives. Human beings seek out novelty and challenges, to explore and to learn. The third drive was more fragile than the other two, it needed the right environment to survive.

Deci wrote in Pink’s book, when money is used as an external reward for some activity, the subjects lose intrinsic interest for the activity, rewards can deliver a short term boost, like caffeine, when the effect wears off, it can reduce a person’s longer term motivation to continue the project. Pink showed example of the closing of the paid Encarta encyclopedia by Microsoft and triumph of wikipedia, open source encyclopedia. The Third drive, is about to push ourself in learning and exploration state, awaking the our creative side.

I remember rio as my self in the beginning of something new, I remember about spirit of cooking by Jakusho Kwong. He stated,

“there is a spirit that we should not lose, an whether we’re just making things up as we go along or someone is right there showing us the way, that spirit holds something important for us in our everyday life.”

Go Rio Go  ! :)  Let’s support him

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[1]Tracy Cutchlow, Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up,
[2] Pink, Daniel. Drive the surprising truth about what motivates us
[3] Kwong, JAkusho. No Beginning, no End, the intimate heart of Zen.

If my time is up

Oktober 26, 2015 § 4 Komentar

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

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

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

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

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

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



How much is your time weigh Mr. …

Oktober 24, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Strange Library

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

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

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

I added at the end,

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

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

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


[3] [look as his book, outliers]

Partnership means Family

Oktober 21, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Business-Partners2What does partnership means ? From Merriam Webster dictionary stated that partnership is the state of being partners or a relationship between partners or a business that is owned by partners. Even further this definition is elaborated in IRS website. It stated the relationship existing between two or more persons who join to carry on a trade or business. Each person contributes money, property, labor or skill, and expects to share in the profits and losses of the business. [2] or from Wikipedia A partnership is an arrangement where parties, known as partners, agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests. The partners in a partnership may be individuals, businesses, interest-based organizations, schools, governments or combinations organizations may partner together to increase the likelihood of each achieving their mission and to amplify their reach. [3]

What is business means ? from Merriam Webster, the definition is the activity of making, buying, or selling goods or providing services in exchange for money or work that is part of a job or the amount of activity that is done by a store, company, factory, etc.

During this end year crisis, what I say is, it’s not a crisis of money, but crisis of positive mentality. I think that right now, the regulation is getting more organised, There are certainty, orders. It’s one of the good factor in creating great nation. Many people complained about the crisis, Indonesia is such a depressing society. Glenn Hajadi, tutor friend from high street studio once said to me that the situation is now more challenging. 3 things is my mind, hearing him that we have to work harder than before, we have to be more critical with whatever resource that we have, and last one, we have to be free from fear. But other than that, life is just so beautiful to be experience, not by fear, but by joy.

Go travel, as far as you can, go thinking , and wander as unique as you can, experience your life by yourself, there unique path for you. I met Pak Bambang Purwanto, one fotographer, and collaborator in Home Diary Magazine. He told me story about his family and his son, and his experience in taking photographs, and suddenly I remember about Strange Details  by Michael Caldwell and we discuss about the character of the architects whom he remembered during his photograph session. I was fortunate to hear his story and support about OMAH. It’s like hearing from patron or clients and colleagues who have been supporting what I have been doing. The feel is precious, because I feel being trusted. It’s everything, being like a family. It’s feel as great as having trust from the associates and the designers in the studio.

I have been friend with Scott, for few years, since I was in DP Architects, we were in the same page, of push pull bar. I feel that it was such in serendipity that he was in WATG (Wimberly Whisenand Allison Tong & Goo) for hospitality projects, and I found RAW few years back. I trusted him as the partner of RAW International since few months back because of 3 reasons. First, that my capacity on running project has limitation, so I have to be very honest about my time. Architecture is a long time process, and prove it is more challenging when we have to get the direction, budget, coordination, it’s all about team work. Second, Scott has strong capability on understanding about building, knowing how it will work in terms of integration between space, form, facade, structure, mechanical, electrical and plumbing. RAW international hopefully running well [finger crossed], with some of overseas projects, we are getting there, the project is being exercised over and over. Third, we have been friends for years, still keep in touch, the relationship is personal, I treated him as like my family, let’s growing bit by bit this time.

The partnership should amplify what I have been doing in the firm. I need time with my family as well. He said it to Yudith, he would like to help me so we can have more time with our family.How can I not agree with him. trust is partnership. Deep down,  is the feel like you have family. So What do you think ?

Scotts lecture8


Students and The Spirit of the Young

Oktober 20, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar


I remember Denise Tjokrosaputro asked about originality in Indonesian Architecture, she shared her concern about copy and paste culture in our architecture, or what we can assume, lack of originality, her question drove further about the education of architecture, how we did teach the students to have their originality. It was fresh question about 2 things, the process of established architect practice and  process of the becoming  an architect.

In my subtle moment, when I rethinking all of the complexity in what is happening. I just believe the 2 things, first, it is the paradigm that we are having is the culture of fear. second, we need to honestly know about the development of mastering art of architecture.

I will try to describe the second one, because it’s easier. It’s straight forward, Greene agreed with me stated there are three stage to process mastery, first , deep observation – the passive mode, second the skills acquisition – the practice mode, third, the experimentation – the active mode. These three stages are full cycle of iteration for mastering architecture. The first and the second phase are a phase of wanderer, having apprenticeship, culminations of learning curve by previous mentors. and The third phase is the phase of actualisation. This is common when we can read in outliers that we have to acquire 10000 hours of practice, trial and error for mastering skills. Da Vinci once wrote, “one can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself” , how can I not agree with him.

The first one, is not so easy to explained, explaining about paradigm is not easy because it consists of economy, politics, philosophy, culture. It combines the past, looking at the breakdown, and try to understand this complex situation. But in short way, Our situation could be described by tagore’s poem, it happens in India almost 100 years ago, the poem of Tagore titled where the mind is without fear. here it is:

“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high,
where knowledge is free.
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls.
Where words come out from the depth of truth,
where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection.
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost it’s way
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
Where the mind is led forward by thee
into ever widening thought and action.
In to that heaven of freedom, my father,
Let my country awake.”

There were so many times, students were asking approvals of their design, they were asking for motivations, they were asking for respects, and later they could accept our guidance because they felt appreciated, nurtured, honoured. Students, they like young flowers, which is ready to bloom, which is beautiful, which show promising about the future. I always said to students that I teach for. They shouldn’t worry about mark, The should keep their inner voice high. Gandhi has proved it this poem could awake his disciples. But in here fundamentality i want to ask, are we in the culture of fear ? I would like to invert Tagore’s poem,

“Where the mind is with fear
are our mind is in fear ?
and the head is helf low ?
where knowledge is not free ?
where the world has been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls. ?
where words is not come out from the depth of truth, ?
where tireless striving stretches its arms toward neglection ?
where the clear stream of reason has lost it’s way ?
into the dreary desert sand of dead habit.
where the mind is not led forward by thee
into ever widening thought and action.
In to that hell of freedom, my father,
Let my country …. ?“

The question is in our mind, and the answer is in our mind. It will refresh the society, I will ask for just little imperfection, for just appreciating all of the young spirits, the perfection in imperfection. Are we in the culture of fear ? Am I in the culture of fear. I do hope the mind is without fear every day, every action, every words because I am one of the students as well.

Unconditional Love

Oktober 13, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

Trust in Relations

Oktober 10, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landscape as Events

Oktober 9, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

“Walter Benjamin once wrote, “A Klee painting named ‘Angelus Novus’ shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned towards the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees a single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it at his feet.” [1]

Today this theological vision no longer belongs to the angel of history. It has become the vision of each and every one of us” Tschumi argued in his foreword of Paul Virilio’s book titled Landscape of Events. The idea of this book shows a chain of events which resembles our culture, the fear of the future has been outstripped by fear of the past. He even accentuated, the recession of the history entails the retreat of knowledge, the retirement of progress. everything vanishes, Ethical and political ideals, the durability of societies. The book consists of ideas which are accidents, sadness, harsh truth, showing facts that shape our history.

There is a way of survive from Bernard Tschumi’s clairvoyant of Virilio’s A Landscape of Events, by looking at our spiritual self, cultivating whats good in our body and mind mastery, to spread our skill of shaping greater built environment. I believe architecture is powerful enough to change the events to the future its natural state of humanity which every people deserve to living peacefully.

About the past 

Talking further about Virilio’s Landscape of Events. Bernard Schumi argued that the time is running fast, and the culture which learn from failure, having the antidote. What happens now is when the breakdown is even faster than before, we don’t have time to learn from our failure, and the guardian of time, Angelus Novus, losing his position, as historian losing their position. In this time we just have to depend on ourself to critise every situation best on every moments, it’s about welcoming the era of moment of accidents. In one history what I can say about comes about one thoughts.
“apa gunanya sejarah
apabila …
kita tidak bisa memanfaatkannya, …

apabila …
tidak ada pelajaran yang bisa dipetik darinya, …

mungkin kita tidak ada
tetapi bisa dipakai
untuk generasi yang akan datang
yang lebih pintar

untuk bisa memanfaatkan
apa yang kita tidak bisa tangkap

dari sejarah itu sendiri …
dari prasasti itu sendiri …
dari …

tumpukan bata yang hidup …

dari daun yang lembut …

dan bata yang keras …

[1] Virilio, Paul, and Julie Rose. A Landscape Of Events. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2000. Print.pp xii

Commencement, a new beginning

Oktober 9, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

Terracing Landscape House

Oktober 3, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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The series of landscape combining 3 wooden wrapped massing faces north to south in-sequence with micro landscape. #rawarchitecture  ‘each nation, in short, has its own way of building, according to the materials afforded and the habits of the country.’ Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, Book II, Chapter 1,

Robert Holden and Jamie Liversedge discussed the importance of using local materials as a way to achieve sustainable design.
They discussed that each city traditionally tended to have its own set of paving materials. In London, granite setts and kerbs were the standard nineteenth- century street paving made by Yorkstone (a sand stone). Amsterdam is still a city of narrow brick paviors…. This bioclimatic house constituted parts of understanding the basic of architecture beginning with some issues to create piece of architecture in first part is as issue on fundamental, water management, reduce reuse and recycle. It’s all about Sustainability, and issues on attitude on materials. Second part is the general principle which highlights the properties of raw materials, and clearvuoyant structure and reasonable mechanics. Third part is building material which introduces the materials used in building, stone concrete , brick, metals, timber, glass, plastics and some non convention materials old and new.Fourth part is the elements looks at built element ranging from earth works and top soil, retaining structures, walls, paving and water bodies which covers 60 percent of the site. Fifth part is, assembly which decribes the assembly of built component : corridor , spacious living room, reasonable room size, service core, and view to the landscape.


Dematerilization Moments

September 25, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

I went to Istakagrha, and suddenly I remember about one book title In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki.

Raw Progress – In the Praise of Shadows #rawarsitektur #rawarchitecture #bestofficeintheworld #istakagrha @ferdian_setiono @joiceverawati In Praise of Shadows (陰翳礼讃 In'ei Raisan?) is an essay on Japanese aesthetics by the Japanese author and novelist Jun'ichirō Tanizaki. It was translated into English by the academic students of Japanese literature Thomas Harper and Edward Seidensticker. The essay consists of 16 sections that discuss traditional Japanese aesthetics in contrast with change. Comparisons of light with darkness are used to contrast Western and Asian cultures. The West, in its striving for progress, is presented as continuously searching for light and clarity, while the subtle and subdued forms of oriental art and literature are seen by Tanizaki to represent an appreciation of shadow and subtlety, closely relating to the traditional Japanese concept of sabi. In addition to contrasting light and dark, Tanizaki further considers the layered tones of various kinds of shadows and their power to reflect low sheen materials like gold embroidery, patina and cloudy crystals. In addition, he distinguishes between the values of gleam and shine. [1] The text presents personal reflections on topics as diverse as architecture and its fittings, crafts, finishes, jade, food, cosmetics and mono no aware (the art of impermanence). Tanizaki explores in close description the use of space in buildings, lacquerware by candlelight,[2] monastery toilets[3] and women in the dark of a brothel. The essay acts as "a classic description of the collision between the shadows of traditional Japanese interiors and the dazzling light of the modern age."[4] Bibliography : [1] [2] Grayling, A.C. (October 5, 2002). "Rereadings: AC Grayling on a fine study of Japanese aesthetics". Privy Counsels. [3] The Guardian. Retrieved 8 November 2008. Readers of Tanizaki are variously startled or entertained to find that his essay on the delights of what is muted, enclosed and refined by shadows, begins with a paean to the lavatories found in Japanese monasteries [4] Jacket notes, Vintage Classics 2001 edn.

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I was thinking of structure integrity in forming stability by double curvature. It’s inspired by Richard Serra works’ the matter of time which has been exhibited by Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

RAW progress – Double Curvature #rawarchitecture #rawarsitektur

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I went to the guild, just in silence and wander about much more beautiful things.

I went to the the front door of our garage office looking to the mailbox. No status quo is needed.

There is no perfection in imperfect world but there is progress to achieve perfection #rawarsitektur #rawarchitecture

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Between Machiavelli’s and Romanof’s there is Monk who Sold His Ferrari

September 19, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar


Have you read this wonderful book ? It was written by Robin Sharma, It’s about journey of one man, Peter to  conquer the world in  his experience guided by Julian, a monk who sold his Ferrari.

It’s a book combined by what Machiavelli’s book titled The Prince which was given as birthday present from Yusni Aziz. Machiavelli wrote “It must be understood, then, that there are two ways of fighting: one with laws, the other with force; the first way befits mankind, the second befits beast; but since very often does not suffice, one needs to have recourse to the second. and so prince needs to know when to act as a beast and when a man…. it is necessary for a prince to make use of both natures: one without the other cannot survive.[machiavelli:51]

First, he filled his books with advice, idea which is practical on how to get power, retain power. That draws all of the readers, to think our one self interest that ignoring this book and its ideas won’t be beneficial. Next, he explained historical anecdotes, throughout his writing to explain his ideas. He used the characters in his story to spread his ideas. Finally Machiavelli’s used stark, banal language to give his style of writing. Instead of finding their minds slowing and stopping, the readers are enlightened to go beyond their thought and take actions. He left his writing open ended, never telling people exactly what to do in which they must use their own ideas and experiences with power to fill in his writing.

another book is by Laura Romanof which was bought from trip to Solo with RAW people, the book title is Sumarah spiritual wisdom from Java, it’s about art of surrender, losing your self to universe.

Laura mentioned ” The third stage (of spiritual practice) os that of sumarah, of unconditional surrender, of total abandon… here the actual act of faith disappears and is gradually substituted by its fruits : one abandons oneself to the process in complete and absolute acceptance of what is given, no longer asking for anything, no lone utilising the power of the will, no longer invoking faith. This is an absolutely neutral condition where there is no longer any need for effort.” [Romanof:34]

She also had concern that youth of Indonesia, and in particular Java are turning to modernity and feel little attraction to the old ways. She hoped together with Pak Ary and Pak Wondo to preserve the tradition to future generations. As what she believes is as same like what I believe, when the tide turns in Java, as it always eventually does, interest may be reawakened about the old ways. Eventually One friend Vani, one writer who works for Asri, wrote beautiful thoughts for the house that was designed few years ago, Rumah Jawa. She wrote and noted that the story of the house, which I belive that Rumah Jawa design process and its product is also a process of Sumarah to learn the way Subiyanto family relationship with others, a spiritual journey to know the family.

My last and biggest, insight builds on the previous. This year has been hard, as I have said, but I have experienced periods of sheer elation, times when I could hardly believe what I was doing and how much happiness it gave me. Our son will be born on mid of November. We are very excited to spend time with him, watch him grow. There was one moment when our future clients came to our office. He talked about new projects, and suddenly asked about our family, and he prayed for our family. I felt so blessed. Many people prayed for our son, that he will be someone who can bring joy, miracle to everybody near him. Hopefully the day will be as I remember as bright as the white shirt that was might be symbolized as hope from all of beloved team.

bibliography :
1. Machiavelli, Niccolò, and W. K Marriott. The Prince. [Waiheke Island]: Floating Press, 2008. Print. pp 51
2. Romanof, Laura, Alan H Feinstein, and Catherine Bearfield. Sumarah. Print.pp 34

Scattered Boxes – House for Rusda and Nurul

Agustus 10, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Saturday, 08082015, ““A house can have integrity, just like a person,’ said Roark, ‘and just as seldom.”
― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Architecture is just so magical, by playing simple form, the result could be unexpected, here we have experimentation with box, simple box, a module, which is played in the linear site facing Bandung.
The scheme consists of multiple small scattered boxes facing valley of Bandung, view of city light and view of surrounding pine trees. The modular boxes has several layer of stories such as construction and craftmanship issue which we try to limit the project to three to four meter module divided to 3 categories (main, transition, services) and several sub categories (living, bed, stairs) which the creates their own partiis. the second intention is to enhance such comfortable climate of Bandung , which has cool breeze, comfortable weather ranged from 20 – 22 degree to 27 degree – 28 degree celciuse which encouraged to open the openings, and skylight innovating with cross air circulation and airstacking effect. The third one is the act of considering limitation on expenditures such as the carbon foot print and thermal conductivity in the site which brings the use of selection of material which has the low thermal conductivity.

I met this one couple few weeks ago, they are young, full of promises. They have a dream to live in one beautiful house. I think they are mixture of wanderer , dreamer but has concern of realistic consideration. This journey of this beautiful, scattered natural boxes made by brick and liquid stones are just begun, hopefully it will be happy ending like what we dream for.
“we have spectacular view mas” Rusda said to me before. During our last site survey a month ago , “Look at the view, ” nurul said to me. They were right, the view was spectacular. It has two main points of view, to the valley and another will be to the hill when we can see pine trees. This time we will go for small little boxes which has spectacular view, ressesed, extruded dancing at the mountain with its soul.

Thank you for my dream team RAW for assisting in this project various people to test the premise over and over (Miftah, Tatyana, Rofi, Ali, Agung).

Smile Little One

Juli 30, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

Carlo Scarpa, maturation of the alchemy, the experiments, the expedients. – thinking for OMAH

Juli 27, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Today, I discussed with Greg about what to share to the restless spirit in OMAH. I was thinking Carlo Scarpa, one venetian master architect, Wright from Europe, and Laurie Baker who was known for his unique climatic and traditional approach of architecture in Kerala, India.

We will do both, analysis of Scarpa, and Baker for their alchemy, expenditures, and experiments.

Alchemy means a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. Experiments means a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact. Expedients means Advantage that you have in your design process.

Modern architectural culture has exalted and bewailed the lost organic unity of craftsmanship, finding this a justification of its own adherence to the stylistic codes of standardization. Against this Carlo Scarpa sets the volatility of his own culture and his sympathy with things; his designs seek to redeem his metier as a state of freedom from time, which might be regarded as primitive if this were sufficient to express its initiatory element.

In addition, Scarpa’s details are opposed to the banalization imposed on architectural inventiveness by -usability. The reduction of form to mere expression of function, to mere “washability”, as Ernst Bloch affirms, is rejected in Scarpa’s designs. Scarpa seems to understand that composition does not mean annulling this difference but displaying it. This is true of his use of both materials and technologies, but also of the forms of work that the design employs, stimulating and educating their inner procedures. His designs confronts this gap and emphasizes it. Between design and craft work or manual labour there is a substantive difference, which must not be ignored. (francesco dal co)

The inner procedures might called us to the process of thinking, record of craftmanship, the architect’s biography, which stated by Michael Caldwell in strange details, resulting as a masterpiece work.
maturation of the alchemy, the experiments, the expedients

Carlo Scarpa

Follies of Creativity

Juli 21, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

RAW progress – Morning Visit #rawarsitektur #rawarchitecture hopefully will finish this in 1 month time :)


Notes for exhibition – Bravacasa in Pacific Place

Juli 18, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Judul Foto : Lihat Karyaku Persembahanku

Judul Foto : Dream team’s pants

Disini RAW pameran dengan 3 studio yang lain, ada Studio Dasar, Highstreet Studio, dan Tim tiga. Saya kemudian berpikir, apa arti berpameran. Pameran karya tepatnya bukan, pameran asal gagah – gagahan, atau asal keren, atau asal beken, atau asal terkenal. Oleh karena itu, foto ini diletakkan di pameran, untuk mengajak melihat hasil kerja, bukan hanya gagah – gagahan, satu tim menghadap ke karya untuk mengajak menyelami karya kita.

Featured at Bravacasa Exhibition. Axial planning house with terracotta rooster, airstacking effect and view facing the breathtaking Landscape Rumah Jawa responds its context of the potential of the site by 3 main design intentions : the existing house which was at the west side of the area. The intentions are: First, exposing the view to the west, the view is to the exisiting swimming pool and adjacent to the exisiting house, providing axis to the boundary of exisiting house and the swimming pool. second, by exposing building that avoid west side because of the heat of direct sunlight of tropical climate which can expose the temperature to 33 degree Celsius, third, by designing a building envelope that responds to sunlight angle during 11 am o clock until 3 pm o clock the whole year. The fourth is providing horisontal and vertical wind tunnel to allow fresh air to the building in 24 hours. The design of the building then conclude that the building need to face east at its widest sun exposure to facade, north, and south, but then, the cantilevered concrete prevents direct sunlight the whole year. The void In the middle of the house functions as air chimney to respond air-stacking effect at its design core forming a stepping expression of tumpang sari, which is been client’s favorite. The design of the opening, rooster at main door wall allows cross air ventilation to happen in the building by having tiny gab on its pattern opening. The chimney allows hot air flows out through the gab. In the afternoon the layout design allows natural lighting coming in so the user doesn’t need to use artificial light. Client: Subiyanto Family (Atiek , Nina , Bayu Ajeng Subiyanto) Project Team : Principal : Realrich Sjarief Conceptual : (Randy Abimanyu, Andhang Trihamdhani, Emmy ulfah ) DED : (Bambang Priyono [Head Technical], Andhang Trihamdhani, Emmy ulfah )Structure Engineer : Herwin Siregar Builder: by owner (Bambang) Model : Tatyana Kusumo

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RAW Dream Team – Best Architecture Firm in the world :)

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Building Nation Legacy through Architecture Fundametal – writing for Baccarat Indonesia

Juli 17, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar


“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be “Happy.” I think the purpose of life us to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter : to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you have lived at all.” Leo C. Rosten 

Oscar Niemeyer,  Lucio Costa, seorang arsitek dan  perencana kota  mendesain kota Brasilia dan bangunan pemerintahan di pusat kota yang berbentuk lambang negara Brazil, dengan lambang burung Garuda,yang memiliki langgam yang modern dengan bentuk – bentuk geometris sebagai cara untuk meniciptakan citra kota brasilia yang maju. Brasilia sukses dalam menciptakan citra kota yang indah dengan coretan –  coretan garis karya Oscar Niemeyer yang tegas dan monumental. Presiden Soekarno pernah melakukan hal yang serupa dimana ia yakin bahwa lingkungan tempat kita tinggal akan membentuk visi, sebuah konsepsi besar mengenai wajah kota dengan pengembangan – pengembangan mercusuar seperti hotel indonesia, senayan, gedung DPR-MPR yang didesain oleh Soejoedi. Disini terlihat bahwa membangun kota seringkali ditandai dengan merubah wajah kota dengan pembangunan arsitekturnya. Disini arsitektur kemudian menjadi satu cara untuk meningkatkan citra diri. Meskipun dibalik citra kota Brasilia yang indah, perencanaan jalan yang masih berorientasi pada mobil membuat kota tersebut tidak ramah terhadap pejalan kaki, sepi dari pejalan kaki, sehingga menyebabkan kualitas interaksi antar penduduk berlangsung introvert, berbeda dengan yang terjadi di San Paolo ataupun Rio Janeiro. Disinilah kita melihat apakah citra itu menjadi sedemikian penting ? semanis luarnya ? lalu apa itu kualitas yang elementer dan kualitas yang fundamental ?

3 tahun yang lalu kami mendesainkan Arum Dalu Resort untuk Pak Agus Supramono dan keluarganya. Resort berada di tengah hutan dengan jarak 2 jam di daerah membalong, selatan Belitung. Kesulitan yang tinggi mewarnai pengerjaan pembangunan seperti kesulitan akan kualitas tukang dan penyediaan tukang untuk membangun, juga kesulitan akan jenis bahan yang terbatas dalam pembangunan. Desain dimulai  dari renovasi 10 buah resort yang sudah dibuat sebelumnya. Keadaan selanjutnya tidak mudah karena kondisi infrasturktur yang terbatas,  dimana tidak ada listrik, tidak ada sinyal untuk bisa berkomunikasi, daerah yang masih hutan dengan jalan yang berupa tanah liat yang seringkali membuat kendaraan tergelincir dan perjalanan diteruskan dengan berjalan kaki. Alhasil proyek diselesaikan dalam waktu 3 tahun dan sebagian besar waktu pembangunan dihabiskan tanpa adanya dukungan dari pemerintah. Solusi terhadap krisis pada waktu pembangunan dipecahkan dengan sistem konstruksi prefabrikasi yang tinggi dengan cetakan material batuan sintetis yang dikhususkan dari batuan dan pasir setempat. Disini air ditampung untuk untuk digunakan kembali, dan efisiensi energi ditingkatkan dengan menggunakan energi dari penghawaan udara dan penggunaan energi matahari. Sistem konstruksi bangunan baru menggunakan bahan konstruksi alumunium yang ringan,  yang dibungkus anyaman rotan sintetis yang ada di setiap cabana yang ada di 10 villa. Pekerja didatangkan untuk menganyam rotan di tempat, tidak cukup disitu, pengolahan – pengolahan sampah, pembibitan tanaman melalui proses hidroponik dan aeroponik, dipadukan dengan sistem integrasi arsitektur ke dalam bangunannya menjadi cerita villa dengan teknologi dan ilmu pengetahuan yang modern secara fundamental dalam menangani krisis. Arsitektur kemudian muncul dalam anyaman, dan detail – detail yang terselesaikan baik dalam citra bangunan yang dialasi dengan hal yang fundamental.

Kemudian saya teringat kira – kira setengah tahun yang lalu, kami dipanggil kembali untuk mendesain galeri nasional, satu proyek yang kami menangkan dari kompetisi nasional kira – kira 2 tahun yang lalu, alasannya adalah tampak galeri nasional untuk di bagian bangunan tinggi 10 lantai kini menjadi 16 lantai dengan kotak kaca dinilai tidak merepresentasikan galeri nasional, panitia dan tim DED sudah mencoba untuk membuat kulit bangunan, berupa wayang, batik,tanam – tanaman  atau apapun itu yang berkaitan dengan kulit bangunan. Desain prinsip bangunan adalah kotak kaca yang dibungkus – bungkus dengan berbagai pendekatan.

Disinilah saya tersadar dalam pergumulan proses desain bahwa, Desain bisa didekati melalui dua buah kualitas, yang pertama desain yang bersifat gimmick atau elementer dan desain yang bersifat mendalam atau fundamental. Dimanakah paradigma desain kita sekarang ini ? apakah kita puas dengan bungkus – membungkus ? melihat satu bangunan dari kulitnya saja ?

Desain dari galeri nasional tentu saja akan merepresentasikan wajah bangsa Indonesia, sederhana namun indah, wajah yang tidak cukup puas untuk diam di kotak kaca, wajah yang tidak cukup puas untuk berhenti di satu titik, wajah desain yang penuh dengan lompatan. Oleh karena itu desain galeri nasional sebaiknya didekati dengan pendekatan yang fundamental terhadap karakter bangsa yang menghargai alam, keterbukaan, dan kesederhanaan melalui material dan sistem konstruksi yang  penuh dengan lompatan untuk menyelesaikan masalah kebutuhan ruang dan tidak hanya merancang tampak seperti wayang, atau diberikan elemen batik atau apapun itu yang berkaitan hanya di kulit yang lepas dari stigma kebarat-baratan atau ketimur-timuran.

Desain yang fundamental akan menarik elemen alam dengan lekukannya yang dinamis, untuk kemudian melangkah ke dalam satu titik yang penuh kejutan dimana secara filosofis langit akan menjadi tanah, dan tanah akan menjadi langit. Disitulah mungkin saya mendapatkan pelajaran bahwa hal – hal arsitektural bisa digunakan untuk membangun bangsa, untuk menemukan citra diri yang terhakiki dalam representasi bangunannya di bumi Indonesia tanpa dikotomi barat – timur. Identitas bangsa itu akan muncul dengan sendirinya melalui desain yang fundamental.bahkan alam pun tidak tegak lurus dalam tarikan garis – garisnya. Desain yang semoga menjadi fundamental pun mulai dicoretkan.


Ketika merefleksikan judul diatas membangun negeri melalui arsitektur, ada banyak sekali parameter untuk bisa membangun negeri melalui arsitektur dan tentunya desain yang baik akan menyelesaikan permasalahan secara fundamental, bukan elementer saja. MIchael Caldwell berkata ada 3 hal yang bisa dirasakan dari karya seorang master arsitek secara fundamental, ia membedah karya master arsitek Carlo Scarpa, Mies Van De Rohe, Frank Llyod Wright, dan Louis Kahn dimana ia menyimpulkan hal yang mendetail yang membuat bangunan yang diciptakan arsitek – arsitek tersebut menjadi master piece. Pertama bahwa arsitekturnya memiliki kepekaan terhadap lokalitas, vernakular, memakai sumber daya yang ada di lokasi secara kreatif lekat dimana bangunan itu berada seperti juga bumi Indonesia dengan berbagai potensi material dan budaya ketukangannya. Yang kedua bahwa arsitekturnya memiliki solusi untuk memuliakan sekitarnya, di kota dan di desa untuk menghubungkan fungsi secara kreatif dari hubungan manusia dengan manusia dan merayakan keindahannya melalui ruang -ruang terbentuknya dan elemen – elemen arsitekturnya , yang ketiga yang terpenting, bahwa arsiteknya berusaha dengan segala sumber daya yang dimilikinya, mendorong dengan kerja keras yang luar biasa untuk hasil yang semaksimal mungkin demi tercapainya kualitas bangunan yang dipercayainya.

Sejauh mata memandang, telinga mendengar, dan hati ini merasakan, saya pun rindu untuk langkanya fundamental arsitektur, dan mulai untuk membangunnya setidaknya dari tulisan ini.

Brrrrrrrrrrr [dingin datang]

Best Office in the World 2015 session

Juli 6, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Many people have been working hard in the studio, this year we are going to rock the world. 4 Years ago, Roseto was introduced as one concept for creating this creative studio. Roseto is a place where it has own rules, detaching itself from the ourside world which is banal, wild, unpredicted. I’m gratefully happy, How can I not smile to the people who have been helping me in the studio, thank you all.I

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The summer workshop 2015 is just now started. Hope all of students enjoy the program. here they are with another ordinary picture with colourful world, I just can’t stop smiling looking at their motivation letter, look at it here


Apakah perlu arsitek asing ? kita belum mampu ya ? – Discussion

Juni 30, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Elisa Sutanudjaja Tepat 1 bln lalu menulis soal kegemaran kota2 sok2an pny cultural district super wah … Kok mau kejadian ya hahaha smile emoticon…/96046-potensi-kawasan-seni…

Membangun potensi kawasan seni dan budaya di Jakarta
Apa ‘resep’ terpenting untuk membangun Jakarta…
June 27 at 5:07pm · Like

Risca Surono Lebih ‘for show’ sepertinya..
June 27 at 6:27pm · Like

Vitex Grandis Walkot bdg pan arsitek kelas dunia , produk lokal kemampuan global #ea
June 27 at 6:39pm · Like

Cicies Palguno Zaha eta?
June 27 at 9:14pm · Like

Agus Ekomadyo Buat fans nya MU thn 2000an lbh kenal Louis Zaha….tag penggemar MU Ismail Al Anshori, ahhhh…😀
June 27 at 9:52pm · Like

Ismail Al Anshori MU itu klub divisi apa ya? Ga kenal tuh.
June 27 at 9:56pm · Like · 1

Agus Ekomadyo Wah, sorry Il, jamannya Louis Zaha berduet dgn Ruud van Nasgitelroy, kykny kamu belum lahir, ya…hi3x
June 27 at 9:58pm · Like

Dory Ardiantoko Purnawarman Duit siapa konstruksinya nanti?haha…
June 27 at 11:16pm · Like

Ismail Al Anshori Bisa minta ke Agung Podomoro. *ups!
June 27 at 11:17pm · Like · 1

Riko Arsiananta Bilbao effect..
June 28 at 3:39am · Like · 1

Muhammad Herryanto adakah arsitek indonesia yg pengalaman merancang gedung pertunjukan ?
June 28 at 5:54am · Like

Ismail Al Anshori Ada. Termasuk kita juga punya ahli2 akustik utk gedung pertunjukan.
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Why do you want to start something new ?

Juni 28, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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


Juni 5, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

I just bumped attitudes of achieving similarity lacking originality.

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

Are we in the middle of Simulacra Culture ?

Wikipedia :
1. “Word of the Day”. 1 May 2003. Retrieved 2 May 2007.
2. Jump up ^ “simulacrum” The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 1993
3. ^ Jump up to: a b Massumi, Brian. “Realer than Real: The Simulacrum According to Deleuze and Guattari.” retrieved 2 May 2007

Happy Birthday Laurensia

Mei 27, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar


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

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

or maybe or must be,

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


The Strange Ressurection of Architecture Critisicm writing for Gallery

Mei 21, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

tulisan ini dipersiapkan untuk majalah galeri, Universitas Diponegoro – # 1 Reborn Architecture. video mengenai brione cemetry yang didesain carlo scarpa ditampilkan, karena karya tersebut memiliki paradoks, mengenai depth soal kebangkitan, cinta, dan kematian, yang sesuai dengan artikel ini yang membahas mengenai kebangkitan kritik arsitektur

Fraser dan Hodgins berpendapat bahwa jurnalistik pada dasarnya adalah segala bentuk yang terkait dengan pembuatan berita dan ulasan mengenai berita yang disampaikan ke publik ataupun lebih – lebih lagi ada unsur gagasan untuk kepentingan publik, tanggung jawab yaitu dalam rangka membela kebenaran dan keadilan. Namun seberapa benar, dan seberapa adil terkait dengan informasi adalah satu dan dua hal yang kompleks untuk bisa dijelaskan dimana kebenaran disini terkait dengan transparasi dan hasil analisa yang kemudian bisa dipertanggung jawabkan kepada publik yang membaca. Untuk bisa melakukan pertanggungjawaban, seorang jurnalis memerlukan sebuah sikap dan kemampuan untuk memahami, menjelaskan, menganalisa dan mengevaluasi gagasan sehingga pada titik yang tertinggi disinilah pentingnya kritik dalam arsitektur sebagai bentuk jurnalisme yang memangku kepentingan publik.[1]

Dua hari ini saya membaca buku yang ditulis oleh Martin Pawley, judulnya The Strange Death of Architecture Criticism  (kematian yang aneh dari kritik arsitektur), dengan pengantar ditulis oleh Norman Foster. Apakah ini pertanda dari kematian dalam cerita arsitektur ? Martin menjelaskan latar belakang penulisan artikel tersebut karena budaya publikasi yang kental dengan sikap berjualan seperti :  menonjolkan gambaran – gambaran cantik saja, berita – berita baik saja. Di tulisan ini memberikan argumentasi bahwa lambat laun kritik arsitektur akan mati, hilang, karena sifat dasar arsitek yang menafikan elemen – elemen pembentuk satu proyek seperti : plagiarisme, kurangnya penghargaan terhadap kerja tim, elemen – elemen pembentuk seperti uang , waktu dan pada kontraktor, hubungan antar klien, meskipun saya sendiri tidak sepenuhnya setuju karena lapisan tanggung proyek yang kompleks, dan tingkat pemahaman publik yang tidak sama, namun katakanlah ini Martin sedang mengingatkan arsitek dan publik apa yang sedang terjadi, inilah jurnal arsitektur, perlunya memberikan reaksi terhadap apa yang menjadi kondisi awal. [2]

Jurnalisme dalam arsitektur perlu untuk menelisik lebih dalam dari sekedar klaim – klaim atau kulit atau  permukaan, menyibak tirak yang tertutup untuk memberikan kesimpulan yang menunjukkan kredibilitas penulisnya. Dari kacamata jurnalisme, seorang arsitek jenius, atau seseorang biasa – biasa saja menjadi sama. Kondisi dunia yang tidak sama, sarat dengan kekuasaan ini dijelaskan dalam buku yang ditulis Machiavelli, berjudul the prince (sang pangeran), mengenai hubungan antar manusia, bagaimana proses manusia meraih kekuasaan, memperbesar kekuasaan dan kemudian mempertahankan kekuasaan, atau setidaknya itu pula yang diulas oleh robert greene dalam bukunya yang berjudul The 33 Strategies Of War (33 strategi berperang) , karena budaya menegasikan, menutupi, mematikan, menjadi insting dasar manusia untuk hidup. Disinilah fakta, cerita, ataupun deskripsi produk dan proses yang jujur yang dibahas oleh jurnalisme yang  membentuk cerita yang utuh, bisa dipahami, diraih intisarinya untuk mendobrak kesombongan kekuasaan, dan kondisi stagnan menjadi penting. Cerita yang diharapkan adalah cerita kesedihan atau bisa juga kebahagiaan mengenai produk dan proses bangunan dengan segala inovasi dan penemuan – penemuan kreatif, untuk menjelaskan pertanyaan bahwa apakah arsitektur kita sekarang benar – benar menjawab permasalahan, dan memberikan gagasangagasan baru ? [3]

Jurnalisme arsitektur yang menjawab permasalahan untuk memperbaiki satu kondisi awal (domain), menjadi penting, [4] karena layaknya kehidupan, setiap sendi – sendi hasil dari kriya manusia dalam satu bangunan tercermin dalam cerita arsitektur yang dibuatnya dan perlunya evolusi sebagai dasar untuk memperbaiki kondisi awal. Dari situ lah esensi dasar jurnalisme ada, untuk membuat sebuah cerita yang bisa dibaca, dan menggugah fantasi kecil pembaca. Jurnalisme dalam Arsitektur itu pada dasarnya bisa didekati dengan  dua hal  yaitu produk, dan proses. Produk bisa diwakilkan dalam pendekatan penjelasan yang sinkronik , mengacu pada hasil, tanpa mempertimbangkan proses, membedah melalui sistem. Proses bisa diwakilkan dalam penjelasan yang diakronik, atau kronologis, mencoba untuk mengetahui lebih dalam dengan runtutan sejarah. Disinilah dua buah pendekatan linguistik dan semiotik yang dibahas oleh Ferdinand Saussure bisa digunakan, pendekatan diakronik dan sinkronik [5]

Para sejarahwan seperti P.Leslie Waterhouse dalam bukunya the story of architecture di tahun 1901, menceritakan sudut pandang arsitektur secara diakronik dari segi sejarah, dimana ia membagi sejarah ke dalam 9 titik sejarah berdasarkan ideologi, ornamen, perencanaan ruang, ataupun anteseden yang dianggap mewakili setiap fase sejarah, seperti : arsitektur mesir, arsitektur yunani, arsitektur roma dan etruscan, arsitektur nasrani, arsitektur muslim, arsitektur romanesque, arsitektur gothic, arsitektur renaissance dan terakhir arsitektur modern. [6] kemudian Setiadi Sopandi  didalam bukunya pengantar sejarah arsitektur membuat telaah diakronik dari segi sistem bangunan dengan memberikan tema konstruksi bangunan berupa : gundukan dan tumpukan, tiang dan balok, busur dan kubah, geomoteri dan teori.[7]  Saya menilai buku Setiadi Sopandi lekat dengan jembatan antara dunia praktis dan akademis dimana ia mencoba untuk mengolah informasi kedalam dimensi untuk mudah diaplikasikan dari sudut pandang sistem konstruksi. Disinilah adanya dialektika dalam penulisan sejarah arsitektur, proses jurnalistik bisa dimulai dari membuat referensi, mengumpulkan data secara diakronik atau membuat analisa secara sinkronik. Dua contoh pembahasan ide – ide dari pembahasan secara sinkronik bisa terlihat seperti yang dibuat heino engel dalam bukunya Tragsysteme (sistem struktur)  yang menjelaskan 5 buah klasifikasi (form,vector, cross section, surface, dan height), yang sangat sederhana untuk membedah seluruh struktur yang ada di dunia konstruksi, dengan mengklasifikasikan bagaimana beban tekan dan tarik, momen dan perilaku material dalam membuat bentuk sebuah bangunan. [8] Contoh lainnya bisa dilihat dari buku architecture without architect (arsitektur tanpa arsitek) yang ditulis oleh Bernard Rudofsky, mengenai arsitektur yang orisinal, asli, penuh dengan inovasi, kreatif, yang sudah ada sejak jaman primitif. [9]


Tragsystem, illustrated by Heino Engels

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.”

Dari kedua pendekatan ini ada sah – sah saja untuk dipilih atau digabungkan yang bisa digunakan untuk sudut pandang dalam memulai. Namun lebih jauh lagi Jurnalisme dalam arsitektur ini diharapkan memiliki kedalaman pemikiran  yang diibaratkan membaca satu tulisan seperti mencicipi satu buah yang akan dimakan. Kita mengharapkan bisa mencicipi daging buah tersebut, menembus kulit untuk kemudian merasakan manis dan pahitnya. Proses merasakan ini bisa dirasakan melalui tingkat kedalaman informasi yang diberikan dan tingkat fantasi yang melibatkan atau memanjakan indera perasa pembaca . Sehingga ketika membaca sebuah jurnal dalam arsitektur, kita seperti mengalami satu perjalanan yang luar biasa indahnya, seperti saat kita mengalami ruang – ruang arsitektur yang begitu indahnya dalam produk dan proses. Ruang -ruang yang dibentuk oleh jurnalistik, akan membangkitkan kecintaan kita pada sastra, sehingga arsitektur yang didesain akan bisa bercerita dengan sendirinya melalui tulisan.

Apabila Martin Pawley memilih untuk menulis mengenai kematian kritik arsitektur, saya lebih berpikir optimis, bahwa inilah saat – saat kebangkitan jurnalistik dalam arsitektur dengan memahami, menjelaskan, menganalisa, dan mengkritik arsitektur Indonesia. Saya akan menunggu Martin Pawley dari kutub yang berseberangan.

Ada pak Agung dan Adik2 :)

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[1],. ‘Pengertian Jurnalistik: Daftar Definisi Jurnalistik | Komunikasi Praktis’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 May 2015.
untuk memahami definisi dasar jurnalistik,pendapat dari fraser, menjelaskan struktur dasar jurnalistik dan pendapat dari hodgins menjelaskan pentingnya kebenaran dan keadilan dalam jurnalistik.
[2] Pawley, Martin, and David Jenkins. The Strange Death Of Architectural Criticism. London: Black Dog Pub., 2007. pp 330,331
[3] Baca juga dua buah buku yang membahas mengenai bagaimana manusa mempengaruhi manusia lain dalam meraih dan mempertahankan kekuasaan. Machiavelli, Niccolò, and W. K Marriott. The Prince. [Waiheke Island]: Floating Press, 2008. Print. dan Greene, Robert. The 33 Strategies Of War. New York: Viking, 2006. Print.
[4] Lihat kuliah David Hutama di Halaman yang membahas tentang kreativitas dalam arsitektur. David menjelaskan orang – orang kreatif sebagai agen evolusi. Saya menilai dimensi kreativitas kedapan kepentingan publik dan pentingnya evolusi ke dalam jurnalisme dalam arsitektur.
[5] baca juga latar belakang dari ahli linguistik, semiotik, Ferdinand De Saussure,. ‘Ferdinand De Saussure- Swiss Linguist And Philosopher – Biography’. N.p., 2015. Web. 2 May 2015.
[6] Waterhouse, P. Leslie, and R. A Cordingley. The Story Of Architecture. London: Batsford, 1950. Print.
[7]Sopandi, Setiadi.Sejarah Arsitektur Sebuah Pengantar. Jakarta: UPH Press, 2015. Print.
[8]Engel, Heino. Tragsysteme. Ostfildern-Ruit: Gerd Hatje Publishers, 1997. Print.
[9]Rudofsky, Bernard. Architecture Without Architects. New York: Museum of Modern Art; distributed by Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y, 1964. Print.


Mei 16, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

I was touched by brion tomb by carlo scarpa, the quoestion would be could we do even better than him in terms of effort,and beauty of craftmanship. by integrating what chales waldheim thought in his book, by integration of water sensitive urban design creating water sensitive architecture (Waldheim, Charles. The Landscape Urbanism Reader. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2006. Print.)


Mei 15, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Realrich met Kartika Affandi, 80 tahun. "Kaki sebagai simbol kemajuan, membuat progress. Tangan sebagai simbol kreativitas, kejeniusan manusia. Matahari sebagai simbol kehidupan, dunia yang kita jalani." Proses berkesenian adalah sebuah proses mendalami arti kehidupan, manis, pahit perjalanan menemukan diri sendiri yang seutuhnya. 3 hours of conversation. Me and my wife met Her in serendipity yesterday. She asked her staff to come to us because she wanted to give her signature to book that realrich bought, she said "it's a feeling" in my mind i was wondering for few minutes just thinking whether bu Kartika able to sign the book. It's telephaty then :) . "Telepathy is one of the most beautiful Psychic Powers. It is known as mind to mind communication, (Tele means- distance and pathy means- feelings) which is feelings exchanging between two minds and in an advanced stage this can be done between multiple minds. " and day the after that, now she invited we to come to her house. :)

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

Practicing Urban Design

Mei 9, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

while preparing lecture for student of Trisakti, in one venue title Metamorfosa 2015, I was thinking to  share the thinking Jonathan Barnett about how to design a place in be predicting behaviour setting, or Le Corbusier about the importance of rationalism, influencing by paradigm, or even Jon Lang about compexity of public realm issues in urban design by three issues, procedures, products, and paradigms in urban design.

Geometry interplayed by simple form – process of thinking

Mei 7, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Sticks forming the follies #raw #rawarchitecture

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Next generation the triple void sequence with air stacking system. #raw #rawarchitecture

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Smart Home, Smarter than you ? writing for Baccarat Indonesia

Mei 1, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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At the beginning of this month, I wrote one article for Baccarat Indonesia. The idea was to rethink the idea of smart home, is the home smarter than us the people living inside or the other way around. I remember one storey of Ben Copper in movie titled smart home. It was the story of the home who is become smarter than the owner. The owner, Ben Copper asked the house to take care of him, and the result is the house overprotected him.

“Di Tahun 1998, Ben Cooper yang saat itu berumur 13 tahun dan keluarganya mengalami kesulitan untuk mengatur hidup mereka, mengatur rumah, mengatur tugas– tugas sekolah dan mengatur pekerjaannya. Ben remaja tidak memiliki waktu untuk dirinya sendiri seperti anak lainnya, termasuk untuk bermain basket, satu olahraga yang disenanginya. Suatu ketika Ben dan keluarganya memenangkan sebuah rumah pintar yang dinamakan Pat, sekaligus diperkenalkan dengan penciptanya, Sara Barnes. Pat mampu menyelesaikan tugas– tugas yang dilakukan Ben untuk mengatur rumah. Tidak puas dengan program yang dimiliki Pat, Ben memprogram kembali rumah tersebut untuk “seolah-olah” menjadi seorang ibu bagi keluarganya, membuat Pat mengatur kehidupan mereka, termasuk mengatur jadwal dan membuat keputusan! Secara perlahan, Pat mengubah dirinya sendiri dan tidak mengijinkan keluarga tersebut keluar rumah. Di akhir cerita Ben berhasil meyakinkan Pat bahwa dia tidak nyata dan ia bukan manusia. Akhirnya mereka kembali terbebas, dan Pat diprogram ulang untuk kembali ke kondisi awal. Ini adalah satu cerita dari film “Smart Home” yang dirilis tahun 1999. Di era tersebut banyak film bertema kepintaran sebuah rumah, satu kecerdasan buatan, satu lingkungan yang memudahkan manusia yang kemudian manusia itu sendiri terbelenggu dalam teknologi yang diciptakannya. Saya kemudian bertanya–tanya apakah kegiatan memelihara rumah itu sedemikian sulitnya untuk bisa dilakukan sendiri dan dinikmati.”

Then I compared the story with story of Ferdi and Joice, both of them are my clients, creative people who works as graphic designer. I think they are smart people, and become smarter living in their home

“Teringat juga dalam satu saat, kira–kira dua tahun yang lalu, saya bertemu dengan Ferdi dan Joice, mereka meminta saya menjadi arsitek rumah impian mereka di atas lahan 150 meter persegi yang kemudian diberi nama Istakagrha. Pasangan ini kreatif dan keduanya berprofesi sebagai desainer grafis. Ferdi dan Joice menginginkan rumah yang natural, memandang ke alam dengan suasana vila di Bali, tempat mereka mungkin menghabiskan waktu terbaik bersama. Rumah ini memiliki ruang–ruang lapang yang berbeda dengan rumah yang ditempati sebelumnya yang terkesan sempit karena tersekat-sekat akibat pengaturan rumah yang tidak efisien.

Saya pun mendesain konsep teknologi sederhana Smart Home di mana rumah tersebut memiliki konsep teknologi penghawaan alami dengan sirkulasi udara silang dan air stacking effect yang menghadap ke arah Timur dan memberikan sisinya yang tertutup untuk menghadap ke arah Barat. Di sisi Timur terdapat taman sebesar satu pertiga tanah mereka yang seluas 50 meter persegi merangkap garasi luar. Di taman ini diberikan satu latar belakang dengan teknologi konstruksi tumpuk, bata ringan yang disusun dengan lubang sebesar 5 cm dan berselang–seling untuk menjaga privasi. Di taman ini dibingkailah sebuah ruang keluarga, tempat mereka menghabiskan waktu bersama. Di area ruang keluarga terdapat dapur bersih dengan desain yang fungsional, mudah dirawat, dan terlihat mewah namun sederhana untuk memasak dengan kompor gas karena mereka biasa menghabiskan waktu untuk masak sendiri dan makan bersama. Mereka kemudian bercerita bahwa sejak rumah ini selesai dibangun dan ditempati, mereka menghabiskan waktu lebih lama di rumah tersebut dibandingkan dengan berpergian ke mal. Mereka mulai mengundang teman–teman untuk menghabiskan waktu bersama, sehingga ada nilai kebersamaan yang dibangun. Mereka pun menjadi lebih peka bahwa sisi matahari yang menghadap Barat itu akan memberikan panas yang
terik di jam 3 sore. Teknologi yang dipakai di sini adalah teknologi yang sederhana dengan penerapan fisika bangunan untuk mengembalikan hunian yang dekat ke alam dengan seminimal mungkin menggunakan mesin untuk mengatur kehidupan manusia. Ferdi dan Joice adalah pengatur kehidupan mereka di Istakagrha.”

Then the result was

“Saya kemudian bertanya–tanya mengenai apa itu Smart Home? Apa yang sebenarnya dibangun di dalamnya? Sebuah keluarga yang berproses untuk menguasai teknologi ataukah teknologi yang lebih pintar daripada manusia yang kemudian menguasai keluarga tersebut? Dari situlah mungkin kita mendapatkan cerita–cerita yang mendalam mengenai bagaimana kita tinggal dan hidup di rumah tersebut. Cerita yang unik ketika si penghuni dimudahkan dan belajar tanpa henti di dalam runtutan teknologi di dalam rumah yang indah.”

Then I was thinking, technology could be integrated with system, structure, to recall what we think science in architecture, I think the book by Heinrio Eingels, one of my favourite about building structure system, might be useful to determine how structure address the space in wide span, tall building, or functional model. I remember last time I had lectured in University of Petra about the importance of knowing this science of making form and space, science of architecture

1] the quoted section in the article was published in Baccarat Indonesia, this month edition.

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April 22, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

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

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

love to you,



Maret 29, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Hi @davidsampurna, how are you ? Hope that u do great and enjoy ur travel. Nice to get ur post card. :) #camariderie

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Adek2 RAW yang gokil2 :p pic by Tolay, Aki

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Hendrick Birthday lovely future monk :) #raw #rawarchitecture #rawarsitektur #bestofficeintheworld

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Kafi's birthday picture by kafi :) #raw #rawarsitektur #rawarchitecture #bestofficeintheworld

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

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

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

Frame – Reflection of Tectonics

Maret 26, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Our lovely home -the follies are almost finished.

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Kita perlu mempertanyakan apakah kotak itu harus selalu tegak lurus menghadap lot jalan yang biasa berbentuk tegak lurus, atau apakah ia bisa merepresentasikan keinginan untuk manusia untuk hidup, berkreasi, dan tinggal didalamnya. Ketika satu bentuk itu ada, ia ada berdasarkan coretan garis diantara dua kerangka, garis- garis penuh pertimbangan yang taktis, terukur juga garis – garis emosional, dimana ada ketakutan kekuatan di dalam diri. 2 garis itu bersatu dalam satu pertunjukkan yang hidup ketika manusia mulai mendesain, manusia mulai berpikir tentang nalar, dimana ada kebutuhan, ada pemahaman mengenai karakter, ada visi mengenai bagaimana bangunan itu akan dibangun, bagaimana kehidupan itu akan dibangun.

Saat yang lalu bertemu dengan beberapa klien, beberapa dari mereka adalah satu keluarga yang ingin hidup bersama tinggal di dalam satu rumah yang terpecah – pecah menjadi beberapa kelompok bangunan namun ingin tetap terhubung satu dengan yang lain. Ada satu prinsip keterdekatan dan keterjauhan, ingin ada jarak namun tetap dekat, terhubung, seperti hubungan manusia, paradoks yang dimainkan. Arsitektur pun seperti itu, satu buah ruang besar dengan ketinggian 2 lantai  tanpa kolom, disinilah mereka bisa berkumpul, menonton TV, makan bersama, memasak bersama, bersosialisasi bersama. Ruang – ruang tidur di sebarkan di sekitar ruang keluarga dengan menghadap ke taman. Kemudian saya bertanya pada diri saya sendiri, apa bentuk dasar yang dipakai ? saya berpikir susunan beberapa kerangka yang memiliki keterdekatan dan keterjauhan yang dipisahkan oleh taman akan baik, tarian beberapa buah kotak.

Didalam satu kerangka yang ada, terdapat keterdekatan dan keterjauhan, terdapat ledakan kreatifitas tanpa batas, yang diselami lebih dalam dan lebih dalam lagi setiap harinya bangunan itu didesain menjadi lebih baik dan lebih baik lagi oleh manusia. Hal ini wajar terjadi dalam relasi  manusia, begitupun juga relasi tarian yang ada dalam ledakan – ledakan di dalam bangunan. Apabila bangunan membentuk manusia didalamnya, begitupun arti satu bangunan dalam kehidupan manusia atau lebih dalam disinilah hidup seorang manusia baru saja dimulai untuk belajar hidup yang lebih baik. Apakah kita perlu terkungkung dalam satu garis yang tegas, dengan perencanaan yang axial. Karena kita hidup dalam sistem, dimana ada satu keteraturan yang mengatur dengan pola – pola  yang tegas di dalam kerangka yang ada, setiap orang begitupun bangunan berhak untuk hidup dalam ledakan emosinya, ledakan kreatifitasannya. Begitulah hidup saya pikir, hidup dalam kerangka dan keinginan manusia adalah lepas dari kerangka itu. Sebuah keinginan yang terus berujung dari awal hidup sampai kematian, begitupun juga manusia, begitupun juga bangunan.

Traditional Home in Modernity – writing for Baccarat Indonesia

Februari 19, 2015 § Meninggalkan komentar

Tulisan ini ditampilkan di Baccarat edisi akhir tahun 2014

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Di tahun 1990 Pameran AMI [Arsitek Muda Indonesia] menandai satu titik kritis dimana desain yang rasionalis ataupun yang sering disebut – sebut sebagai gaya minimalis menjadi sejarah di dalam arsitektur Indonesia. Desain rasionalis ditandai dengan garis – garis yang geometris, penuh pertimbangan untuk menjawab kebutuhan fungsional dan estetika yang tinggi. Hal ini menandai pergeseran nilai – nilai tentang apa yang dianggap baik oleh Arsitek Muda Indonesia sebagai reaksi terhadap menjamurnya rumah bergaya mediterania, klasik, ataupun tradisional yang menjamur pada waktu itu. 14 tahun kemudian, setelah pameran AMI tersebut, rumah – rumah yang rasionalis ini menjamur dimana – mana, gaya rasionalis menjadi satu tren pasar yang sensual untuk disukai oleh masyarakat. Hal ini ditambah dengan perubahan gaya hidup orang – orang yang lebih individual juga terjadi hal ini ditandai dengan tendensi berkurangnya rumah nukleus, rumah yang terdiri dari beberapa generasi di dalamnya. Mungkin 20 tahun yang lalu kita masih biasa dengan tradisi bapak ibu, kakek nenek, cucu cucu tinggal di dalam satu rumah. Sebuah situasi dimana canda gurau, tegur sapa terjadi secara dekat di dalam satu rumah yang ditinggali bersama – sama. Untuk ini kita bisa catat adanya pergeseran gaya hidup, pergeseran budaya, pegeseran dari tradisional menjadi modern, pergeseran dari komunal menjadi individual. Tergerusnya rumah nukleus ini menjadi satu hal yang patut untuk dicatat dan tumbuhnya rumah – rumah berukuran lebih kecil menjadi pertanda akan satu perubahan yang nyata. Pertanyaannya kemudian untuk siapa ? dan untuk apa ? satu rumah itu ada.

Untuk siapa ?

Romantisme akan keluarga yang menyatukan hubungan menjadi satu dasar utama dalam membina kesuksesan. Orang yang tinggal bersama – sama, menurut penelitian di Amerika orang – orang mengalami interaksi manusia dengan manusia terbukti akan hidup lebih lama. Catatan ini ditujukan sebagai ada korelasi dari gaya hidup / budaya ke dalam satu parameter yang hakiki, seberapa lama kita hidup, ternyata semangat kebersamaan [spirit togetherness] yang menjadi satu ciri khas yang baik dalam masyarakat kita, ternyata memiliki harta yang terpenting dalam hidup setiap orang yakni, seberapa lama kita hidup atau seberapa banyak usia yang kita punya.

Tren meningkatnya nilai individualistis ini di kota – kota besar seperti Jakarta mungkin juga dipicu oleh kurangnya tempat untuk berekspresi dan berkumpul, sehingga ada dimensi seperti ini yang mempengaruhi kualitas manusia yang menghargai arsitektur yang menghargai kebersamaan. Di tengah – tengah mulai berbenahnya Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Solo, Bogor, dan kota – kota lain. Kita di hadapkan kepada pertanyaan mengenai rumah, satu kumpulan ruang tempat kita menghabiskan sebagian waktu di dalam hidup kita, nilai apakah yang akan kita pupuk didalam rumah tersebut. Tentu saja banyak rumah yang memiliki kualitas tinggi, kualitas tinggi itu menerobos kungkungan tradisional dan modern. Ia mampu tegak berdiri di tengah kungkungan permintaan jaman, sehingga lambat laun rumah tersebut dicintai oleh orang – orang yang menghuninya atau bahkan hanya sekadar mengunjunginya karena kualitas yang terdapat didalamnya.

Untuk apa ?

Buku yang ditulis oleh Bernard Rudofsky, Architecture Without Architects bisa menjadi satu rujukan dimana menjelaskan mengenai beberapa karya rumah tinggal di tungkwan Honan, Cina misal, adalah satu rumah di bawah tanah sebagai satu usaha untuk menghindari udara dingin dan terpaan badai taufan dimana temperatur bisa turun drastis, ataupun rumah – rumah petak di Hdyrabad Pakistan dengan fitur cerobong angin untuk mendinginkan udara pada ruang di dalam dimana udara panas mengalir ke atas karena kelembapan yang rendah. Terdapat satu garis yang menyatukan beberapa bangunan yang dibahas yaitu bangunan yang diciptakan adalah satu jawaban akan kebutuhan mendasar manusia. Hal ini juga terlihat dalam rumah – rumah adat di indonesia misal rumah Batak Karo, Toba dimana bangunan dibuat panggung untuk menghindari binatang buas dan menjaga kesehatan karena konstruksi yang tersedia adalah konstruksi kayu. Ataupun Keben yang ditujukan sebagai lumbung padi yang berupa rumah panggung sekaligus menunjukkan simbol kekayaan materi pemilik rumah tersebut.

Rumah – rumah tradisional Indonesia juga merupakan respon terhadap satu kebutuhan mendasar untuk hidup nyaman dengan keterbatasan material, teknik membangun yang ada pada jamannya. Di era modern ini dimana kebutuhan mendasar manusia sudah tercukupi kemudian apa lagi yang harus dijawab oleh arsitektur tropis Indonesia. Abraham Maslow dalam penjelasan mengenai teori bagaimana alam semesta mencukupi kebutuhan manusia, bahwa ternyata kebutuhan yang paling utama adalah kebutuhan untuk mengekspresikan diri. Di titik ini, esensi apa yang mau dijawab dalam desain menjadi tidak sederhana lagi, ia menjadi kompleks karena terkait dengan pemaknaan untuk apa kita hidup dimana hal ini berbeda dari satu orang dan orang yang lain. Keberagaman ini yang tercampur aduk dalam modernitas sekarang ini, dimana orang mempertanyakan batas seberapa tradisional dan seberapa modern satu desain, dua hal yang bertolak belakang. Ingin terlihat baru juga terlihat lama, ingin terlihat berat juga terlihat ringan, ingin melihat masa lalu juga melihat masa depan.

Lalu ?

Manusia memang seakan – akan bingung dengan apa yang diinginkan dengan segala keinginannya terus menerus berubah, tradisional menuju modern. Menurut saya semuanya ini dimulai dari satu usaha untuk membuat desain yang lebih baik daripada sebelumnya. Perlu kita lihat rumah Millard karya dari Frank Llyod Wright seluas 220 m2 untuk Alice Millard di tahun 1906, kira – kira hampir seratus tahun yang lalu. Rumah yang didesain untuk menonjolkan sisi ketukangan [craftmanship] dengan material beton yang dicetak menyerupai motif sehingga menjadi tema dalam perancangannya selain pengalaman ruang yang merespon sisi selatan yang terbuka terhadap matahari mengingat posisinya di daerah Amerika Utara yang ada di Lintang Utara sehingga matahari selalu datang dari arah selatan. Frank llyod Wright ingin membuktikan bahwa ia juga bisa berkreasi dengan material yang sederhana yaitu beton. Rumah ini menjadi satu penanda di Los Angeles dan menjadi satu karya yang menjadi contoh akan membuat satu hal yang belum ada di daerah tersebut sebelumnya yang memecahkan hal – hal mendasar seperti pentingnya sinar matahari, udara yang masuk di pori – pori motif beton yang ada sampai kepada hal – hal yang bersifat keindahan, dibanggakan oleh orang – orang lain, tidak hanya pemiliknya. Kalau misalnya desain Millard house sudah dibangun sejak tahun 1923, lalu kita di tahun 2014, ditanyakan dengan satu pertanyaan, bisakah kita membuat yang lebih baik lagi. Mengenai rumah tradisional di jaman modern ini, saya kemudian ingat satu kalimat dari Daniel Liebeskind, “To provide meaningful architecture is not to parody history but to articulate it.” Be Authentic, be honest with yourself dan ajakannya kemudian adalah membuat karya yang lebih baik dari masa lalu.

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Diskusi di OMAH, mengenai Architecture Without Architect.

Anugerah Terbaik

Desember 14, 2014 § 1 Komentar

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

My lovely wife :)

My lovely wife :)

The design sketch for brt station In Baku Azarbaijan in front of Hayder Aliyev Museum. – #rawarchitecture #raw

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Heydar Aliyev Museum

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Spiritual Dreams

Desember 9, 2014 § 2 Komentar

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

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

Fujimoto’s Theme

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

Understanding Tools of Design and Production in Architecture

Desember 5, 2014 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One morning at omah library :) lecture by David Hutama

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Understanding Tools of Design and Production in Architecture “To me the drawn language is a very revealing language: one can see in a few lines whether a man is really an architect.” – Eero Saarinen For the second time we are gladly inform you that David Hutama will share lecture about Understanding tools of design and production in architecture. There were times when architecture studio was so full of drafting tables to draw conceptual, schematic, or even working drawing by hand which took much time on its evolution to find what we called efficiency. Nowadays, the invention of CAD, Modelling software took over the line of production in Architecture firm. The changes were established by the need of time efficiency, costing efficiency, or even ease of transferring information between one person to another person or architect to builder or architect to other consultant which always involving techniques of creating architectural drawing or even nowadays architectural model [BIM] An architectural drawing or architect's drawing is a technical drawing of a building that falls within the definition of architecture. Architectural drawings are used by architects and others for number of purposes: to develop a design idea to communicate ideas and concepts, to convince clients of the merits of a design, or even in the next stage to enable a building contractor to construct it, as a record of the completed work, and at the end to make a record of a building that already exists. Architectural drawing become important because it consists of key information, such as the definition of space, all of the set of conventions, units of measurement and scales, annotation and cross referencing with material information or standard of construction, which described in floor plan, section, and elevation. All of these information, now could be condensed in one architectural model [BIM = Building Information Model] which then creates minimum deviation in construction. We invited students and fresh graduates for our mini lecture series or brown bag. It’s all about sharing Tools of Design and Production in Architecture.

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

November 4, 2014 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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


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

“Donna Donna”

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sign of spontanious love

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

November 4, 2014 § Meninggalkan komentar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Encountering work of Frank Gehry – Trip to Paris and Bilbao

November 3, 2014 § Meninggalkan komentar

Bilbao, Spain 141030

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




@reintamin ini yg saya ceritain rei yg pas di pic monde arabia reii

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Finding Essence

Oktober 5, 2014 § Meninggalkan komentar

Where do you want to go ?

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

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

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

Unfinished detail – waiting to be unveilled

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House for Ferdi and Joice-Weaving Brick

Oktober 5, 2014 § Meninggalkan komentar

I met Ferdi and Joice, our client a year ago. They were couple with full of optimism, having ideal that their house will be compact, small and comfortable for them, 3 bedrooms mixed with small office for their small graphic design home atelier in 150 square meter piece of land [10 x 15 m] . That moment was the process of long architectural sketches.


The design for the house consisted of several layer introducing series of weaving brick technique to provide sense of privacy in the facade which face east. I discovered that ready or customized roster would be solution for the wall. But the question was, could it be even more efficient, or could we make another solution, which was unique, which was also honest, showing masonry expression. The stacking or manipulation techniques or even I called it weaving technique was tricky because it did need to be efficient in material making and construction which means that the material need to be ready and that would not be special customized. I thought that the material would be light weight brick, the reason was simple, First, because the module was the biggest module 20 x 60 compared to red brick, and second, because it was easy to manipulate because the character was brittle. The brick was cut into 3 pieces, so we can have another module of 20 x 20, then by stacking the brick, leaving 5 cm gab we get sense of privacy leaving air circulation. The simple solution was better than using customized roster or even ready roster in term of efficiency.

Masonry for ferdian + joice

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reinterpret heinz frick

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Brick weaving – simplicity by limitation #homeforferdijoice #homediary

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Final finish by the talented one #homediary #homeforferdijoice

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House for humble couple ferdi and joice. Magnificient carpenters worked on wooden signage. #homediary

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