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1 Persen yang Dinanti : Berdialog dengan Anas Hidayat

Juni 20, 2016

Jumat 24 Juni 2016
Dear Mas Anas Hidayat yang baik,

Ketika kita berjabat tangan, tentunya ada sebuah ikatan yang saling tarik-menarik. Mungkin makin lama makin banyak yang bisa maklum, pasrah, atau rela, bahwa kita membutuhkan paradoks dalam membuat satu argumentasi yang jujur. Tulisan mas Anas banyak memberikan keoptimisan tersendiri, bahwa kita arsitek perlu untuk selalu terus belajar, tanpa henti, semakin kita menginginkan sesuatu semakin banyak pulalah kita harus belajar, ambisi berbanding terbalik dengan lamanya pelajaran. Ketika keinginan itu dituturkan dan dilakukan dengan segitu dalamnya, sebegitu banyaknya juga yang harus dikerjakan. Mungkin tidak ada kata lain untuk arsitektur indonesia, selain kerja keras. Di balik seringnya kekecewaan saya terhadap pranata kita, yang ternyata ujung – ujungnya ke sikap dalam berprofesi, ketulusan hati dalam bekerja, mungkin kita perlu optimis dalam melihat masa depan, tidak dalam kacamata paradoks yang sudah biasa dikerjakan, bekerja melalui gambar, institusi, hukum, kontrak, ataupun hal – hal yang berbau – bau formal. Namun baiknya kita menelisik paradoks dari hal tersebut, tentunya dengan profesionalitas dan etika yang dijunjung tinggi yaitu, nilai kejujuran.

Pak Irianto Purnomo Hadi, sebuah figur yang banyak dihindari oleh beberapa orang – orang muda yang saya temui, ternyata berhati sangat lembut. Mungkin saja penghindaran itu terjadi karena beliau terlalu jujur, dan lugas dalam berkata – kata. Di balik orang – orang seperti ini, tanpa tedeng aling – aling, dengan sikap yang sudah siap akan kritik, tentunya akan pas saja, celakanya begitu kumpulan – kumpulan tidak siap, ya pasti menghindar, karena kurang kerja keras, kurang persiapan, kurang latihan, tapi pingin eksis.

Dari Pak Irianto, sesingkat bicara, ada dua hal yang penting, yang pertama adalah kekerabatan, brotherhood, sekali dua kali, beliau melontarkan cerita tentang pertemanannya dengan Yori Antar, Andra Matin, Sonny Sutanto, dan lain – lain, bahwa di antara mereka tidak ada puja puji berlebihan, dan memang sesuatu dilontarkan apa adanya. Ya memang kumpulannya sudah siap dan mereka sudah seakan – akan mengerti satu sama lain. Pada akhirnya diceritakan ada semangat penjelajahan, atau eksplorasi tanpa henti, hal itulah yang menjadi cikal bakal Arsitek Muda Indonesia. Dan atas nama AMI, label itu lalu terbentuk. Pertanyaannya setelah label itu terbentuk, kemudian apa yang menjadi semangat pertamanya apakah terus ada dan semakin meningkat ? ya mungkin saja ini titipan buat kita – kita ini mas Anas, supaya meneruskan semangat – semangat mereka. setidaknya saya berusaha mencari – cari kerabat yang bisa berjabat tangan, bukan saling mengentuti, saya menemukan nafas ini dalam diri Mas Anas. Dari kekerabatan ini kita berusaha saling meningkatkan diri, seperti kedua pendekar yang saling berlatih hanya sebagai sebuah pemberian untuk hidup yang ada ini, ini konteks mas Anas dengan ndaem,

Yang kedua adalah kedalaman (depth), beliau ucap kali berkata, bahwa menggapai sesuatu yang tidak lengkang jaman,membutuhkan waktu, dan proses latihan yang panjang. Di era sekarang yang semakin cepat, hal – hal ini semakin sulit ditemui, dimana kompetisi menjadi ketat, dan sisi egoisme dari arsitek menjadi kental dan tinggi. Disinilah diskusi berjalan menyenangkan membahas figur – figur arsitek seperti louis kahn, dan beliau juga bertanya, apakah saya suka dengan Scarpa, ya itu desainer yang luar biasa, meninggalkan torehan sejarah arsitektur yang dalam, seorang pendekar byzantine. Dari situ kita membahas mengenai castevechio, satu museum yang dulunya adalah barak, dengan intensi permainan detail, dan penataan ruang pameran, sampai ke bagaimana satu karya lukisan itu ditata dengan pendekatan visual, perspektif, perjalanan pengunjung menikmati satu – persatu karya dimulai dari pintu masuk. Dari kedua ini, saya coba beranikan diri untuk mengajak beliau turun gunung juga untuk berbagi keluh kesahnya ke anak – anak muda, jadi kelembutan dan ketegasannya, dua paradoks ini bisa terbaca dengan lebih baik. Ada dua hal, kekerabatan, dan kedalaman yang menjadi penting dalam pertemuan dengan pendekar gondrong namun lembut hati ini.

Buku Pak Yuswadi Saliya, akan meluncur hari ini ke Surabaya, nanti saya es em es untuk tau alamat njenengan. Coba nanti kasih tau pendapat njenengan apa tentang buku itu, dan kita bisa diskusi bersama, pinginnya, bab per bab, tulisan per tulisan, ha ha. tapi rangkuman aja mas, supaya kita endapkan dan seharusnya ada dialog dengan buku itu. Namun ngomong – ngomong soal pameran kita. tulisan mas sudah asik pol tenan, muantap. Dengan interpretasi dari swarang,

saya suka sekali dengan paragraph ini, kalau namanya suka ya susah ya, karena pakai hati, ngga pakai pikiran, atau malah pakai hidung kaya kata njenengan, ha ha.

“Dalam pandangan s[w]ar[w]ang atau swa-rwang (swa=mandiri, rwang=ruang/ruangan), sarang adalah ruang (buatan dan milik) sendiri, yang dibuat sendiri untuk kemudian ditempati sendiri. Jadi, swa-rwang bukan rwang/ruang untuk ditempati oleh orang lain, tetapi sebuah pergulatan yang bersifat individual, personal.

Ketika seekor burung membangun sarang, itu adalah urusan antara dirinya dengan semesta, sebagai sebuah “ritual” untuk “mengukur” dirinya, yang tak membedakan antara yang alami dan yang buatan, tak membedakan antara insting/naluri dan kesadaran, antara intelejensi dan emosi.

Sedikit cerita tentang burung-burung manyar (dari novel Burung-burung Manyar, karya Y.B. Mangunwijaya):
ketika masa berahi, burung-burung manyar jantan membangun sarang untuk menarik perhatian betina. mereka berlomba untuk membuat sarang yang sebagus mungkin. Hingga pada saatnya si betina memilih, dia akan memilih sarang yang terindah di antara sarang-sarang buatan para jantan itu, dan si pembangun sarang akan menjadi pasangannya. Lucunya, ketika tahu sarangnya tak terpilih, burung-burung manyar jantan lainnya akan merusak sarang buatannya sendiri hingga hancur-lebur, dipreteli dan dilolosi hingga tak berbentuk lagi, mungkin sebagai ekspresi kekecewaan.
Tetapi, burung-burung manyar jantan selalu optimis, dia akan membangun sarang baru lagi dari nol, dengan mengumpulkan bilah daun tebu dan rumput kering, dengan harapan ada burung betina yang memilihnya nanti.

Yang esensial di sini adalah refleksi, berkarya dengan bercermin pada dirinya sendiri, yang hasilnya adalah untuk dirinya sendiri (tetapi nantinya bukan hanya untuk dirinya sendiri), mulat sarira atau “mengukur diri”, yang dalam tahap berikutnya sebagai “persembahan” kepada dunia.
Swa-rwang adalah tempat untuk meraba diri, mempertanyakan entitas dirinya sebagai upaya menempatkan diri dalam konfigurasi agung semesta.”

sebuah pergulatan sendiri, sebagai ajang refleksi untuk persembahan pada semesta.

Nah Sarang lagi dibuat materinya ya mas Anas, Sepertinya kita perlu merangkul kutub yang berbeda jadi begini, saya ingat ada pameran ketukangan yang dipamerkan di Venice Bienalle, yang dikuratori oleh David Hutama, Avianti Armand, Setiadi Sopandi, Ahmad De ni tardiyana, dan Robin Hartanto. Mereka mengkategorikan perkembangan arsitektur melalui bahannya. Yang dalam pandangan saya bahwa karya ini bisa bersifat romantis, pada jiwanya, pada filosofinya, pada pengantarnya, namun untuk produk yang diberikannya, sarang perlu menegaskan bahwa ia berorientasi pada kerja keras, untuk memecahkan masalah. Nah kepikirannya, bahwa framework dari ketukangan itu kita bisa pakai, sekaligus sebagai usaha untuk meneruskan semangat pameran mereka, nah kita – kita yang meneruskan. Jadi yang terpikirkan ada pembahasan tentang kayu, batu, logam, bata, plastik, yang akan dipamerkan adalah gambar – gambar detail saja, sebagai satu sumbangan akan vocabulary untuk yang masih muda – muda, semoga bisa membantu untuk mengarungi profesi yang sedemikian kacau beliau. Jadi rumusnya akan dibagi, resepnya akan dibagi – bagi disini, seluruh perkembangan studio sampai saat ini melalui gambar, video, dan gambar kerja. Ini adalah sebuah tantangan untuk merefleksikan, atau mengkuratori diri kita sendiri yang berguna untuk perkembangan sarang itu sendiri. dengan detail effort yang tertinggi akan muncul karena disitulah dituntut ada konsistensi, dan permainan detail adalah bagaimana kita konsisten dalam bentuk dan intensi desain dari macro sampai titik terakhir begitu pekerjaan itu diselesaikan.

Yang menarik adalah di pengantar, ada beberapa fakta yang kita coba ulas, bahwa dalam pengerjaan 350 proyek yang ada sekarang, yang terbangun hanya sekitar 10 – 15 buah, selama 4 tahun. Jadi kita bisa cerita soal kompleksitas profesi yang memang membutuhkan kesabaran dalam berarsitektur. Kita bisa cerita juga tentang stastitika jumlah adik – adik yang datang dan pergi. di RAW , di DOT, atau di Omah library. sebagai satu jalan untuk melihat satu jalan yang penuh turun naik, tumpang tindih, manuver kiri dan kanan, dan melihat permasalahan yang tidak sederhana. Sarat dengan ledakan informasi, tanpa tedeng aling – aling, tanpa permisi, dan kemudian kita pergi dengan terbirit – birit ha ha ha, semoga tidak dikejar orang – orang. Arsitektur yang kita jalani sehari – hari saya setuju ini urusan profesi, menggapai kesempurnaan dan menghidupi banyak orang dengan inspirasi, dengan kenyamanan, juga dengan fulus yang diciptakannya.

Sumrabah ini menarik mas anas, bagaimana menyebar kemana – mana tanpa intensi khusus untuk itu, namun dengan keinginan untuk berbagi itu pun sudah sebuah intensi ya. Namun bagaimana yang dibagi itu, merasa dikentutin, atau dibelai, itu lain halnya, soal bertemu kekasih dan bertemu godot, yang tidak pernah ada. Saya coba cari referensi yang diberikan mas Anas, Finding Godot, apa ada referensi lain yang bisa dibagi, sayangnya dekonstrusi kimbell saya ngga dapat, sulit untuk dicari.. kembali ke sumrabah, kalau – kalau yang dibagi itu bisa menerima, dan suka, cinta dengan apa yang dibagi, atau sebenarnya mereka sedang menelisik adakah cinta disana, adakah sarang(dalam bahasa korea berarti cinta) itu ada disana, kalau ada , maka mereka (burung – burung manyar ) akan bersiap – siap memadu kasih.

Sedikit cerita lagi mengenai almarhum Heinz Frick, saya kebetulan berkesempatan ke rumahnya dan ke ruang tidur sekaligus ruang kerja dan perpustakaannya. Orangnya rapih sekali, ada map – map, manuscript, yang berisi kliping, dan data statistika dari buku – buku yang dikopi. Dari situlah saya melihat orang ini, adalah seorang akademisi yang bisa mampu memilah – milah informasi dan bekerja sama, dilihat dari banyaknya buku, kualitas buku, dan orang- orang yang diajak bekerja sama dalam pembuatan buku. Dan kemudian kemarin pada waktu saya ke cilacap, kebetulan saya take off dari bandara Halim Perdana Kusuma, disitu ada buku judulnya working clean karya dari Dan Charnas, ia mengetengahkan konsep mise en place, saya tuliskan prefacenya disini ya,

“everyday, ches across the globe churn out enormous amounts of high quality work with efficiency using a system called mise – en – place- a french culinary term that means “putting in place” and signifies an entire life style of readiness and engagement. …. Charnas speels out the 10 major principles of mise – en – place for chefs and non chefs alike : (1) planning is prime (2) arranging spaces and perfecting movements (3) cleaning as you go (4) making first moves) (5) finishing actions (6) slowing down to speed up (7) call and callback (8) open ears and eyes (9) inspect and correct (10) total utilitzation. ”

Ini ada paradigm ekstrim mengenai bagaimana chef bekerja, seperti ada ceritanya si Jimi Yui adalah seorang kitchen desainer terkenal, seperti paradigm biasa, bahwa dapur perlu besar dan lux, membuat setiap chef bergerak dengan mudah. Ini adalah logis, dan bisa dinalar bahwa ini satu kesepakatan yang bisa diterima bersama. Namun Jimi Yui mendesain kitchen untuk chef – chef terkenal di dunia seperti Mario Batali, MAsaharu Morimoto, dan Eric Rippert. Ia mendesain dapur yang sangat efisien, sekecil mungkin, bahkan chef tidak perlu untuk melangkah kemana – mana, ia cukup diam ditempat dan semuanya ada disekitarnya. Hal ini terbukti efisien, tidak membuang waktu, dan akhirnya chef tersebut bisa melakukan hal – hal yang lain, ia membuat stastitika bagaimana chef itu bergerak dan berapa waktu yang terbuang. Nah saya pikir, hal ini ada paradoks dengan apa yang terjadi disekitar kita, terkadang hal – hal yang menjadi kesepakatan bersama, membutuhkan dobrakan, sepertu bagaimana Jimi Yui bekerja. menurut mas Anas bagaimana, mungkin saja bentuk ekstrim studio bisa diredefinisi perlahan – lahan, tentunya dengan niat untuk meningkatkan kualitas.

Saya pikir Mas Anas pun demikian, tulisan – tulisannya mendobrak pemikiran saya, karena soal pikiran itu mudah, rasionalisasinya jelas dan bisa dipelajari namun siapa yang bisa menakar ledakan hati, siapa yang bisa membatasi, apalagi kalau aktornya hanya kita ha ha ha. (maaf mangap terlalu lebar) setelah sumarah, sumrabah, lalu sumringah. ha ha.

Hari ini, sudah akan ada progress untuk instalasi kita, saya akan kirimkan ya, semoga dua tarikan, paradoks, yang terjadi akan membuat kita semakin banyak belajar, dan berkembang, Mas Anas maaf kalau sedikit meledak – ledak, soalnya lama saya belum balas, jadi ide – ide ini menumpuk, baru sekarang disalurkan, Mas kalau sempat kita buat tulisan dialog ini semakin meledak – ledak, saya juga suka sikutan sikutan sampeyan. ha ha.

salam semesta,

Realrich

Rabu, 22 Juni 2016
Dear Mas Realrich Sjarief yang baik,

Selama sekitar tiga minggu setelah pertemuan kita, saya mengalami semacam terpaan gelombang-gelombang yang semakin cepat dalam pusaran. Saya seperti tidak percaya minggu lalu sudah datang ke Jakarta, seperti mimpi saja ketika memberikan lecture di open house-nya RAW/The Guild. Saya juga berpikir, setelah kita saling berkirim email, sampeyan yang arsitek saja masih bisa dan sempat-sempatnya menulis begitu panjang dan bernas. Sedangkan saya yang mengaku architext malah seringkali terlambat menulis, terlalu lama dipendam di kepala dan tak lekas dikeluarkan dalam tulisan (mungkin terlalu banyak pertimbangan, haha, atau kepala saya sudah terlalu kacau, hmmm..)

Saya rasa, tidak banyak arsitek yang bisa melakukan seperti yang sampeyan lakukan (mendesain, menulis, menyeni, dan entah apa lagi). Saya juga percaya, jika arsitek bisa mengungkapkan apa yang ada di kepalanya, maka apa yang dia kerjakan dengan tangannya akan lebih mudah dipahami dan diterima oleh orang lain. Sebuah kesatuan antara kepala, tangan, kaki, mulut, telinga, mata dan bahkan perut (saya masih yakin juga bahwa arsitektur selalu berurusan dengan perut – selain dengan hati dan otak, seperti sering diajarkan dalam metode perancangan).
Mas Realrich, saya sangat suka dengan cerita-cerita sampeyan tentang para arsitek. Misalnya tentang pak Irianto PH yang katanya mau datang ke kantor sampeyan. Menurut saya, dia tidak sedang melirik ke “sekuntum bunga yang mekar”, tetapi sedang menengok ke “sebuah sarang yang sedang bergejolak” (gejolak positif, bukan negatif), yang menyimpan gelegak pembaruan di arsitektur Indonesia yang sampai saat ini masih mengalami makropsia, kurangnya iklim dialog/diskursus yang bermutu, dll. Ini sarang yang para penghuninya siap nge-trance, dan saya akan terus menunggu ledakan-ledakannya.

Kalau tentang karya terbaik menurut teman sampeyan seperti yang mas Rich ceritakan, yang dipandang secara sempit dari “kacamata kuda”, hmmmm,, saya rasa begitulah cara banyak orang kita dalam melihat karya. Kalau dari pandangan hermeneutik, saya pikir itu sejenis penafsir yang kurang kreatif, yang level horisonnya masih “rendah”, yang ingin membongkar candi dengan kunci inggris, atau ingin menservis arloji memakai pedang samurai (malah terlalu sarkastis, hahaha). Hmmm, saya jadi ingat kata2: “dalam dunia kecap, tidak ada nomer dua (karena semua nomer satu), dalam dunia arsitek, tidak ada nomer satu (karena semua punya nilai/pandangan/karakter sendiri yang jelas tak bisa dibandingkan secara simple saja seperti membandingkan pisang goreng dan kue lemper).”

Senang diceritain buku The Power Paradox-nya Dacher Keltner. Tentang power, yang berseliweran membentuk tegangan-tegangan. Power-nya Machiavelli, Will-nya Nietzsche sampai Desire-nya Deleuze memang menarik untuk diikuti. Sampai-sampai sampeyan membikin antitesisnya: Sumarah (menyerahkan diri). Mungkin nanti akan ada sumeleh (meletakkan hati) atau sumrambah (menyebar ke mana-mana). Antitesis itu membuat tegangan-tegangan akan makin dinamis, membuat pusaran semakin mendebarkan…
O iya, saya belum pernah membaca bukunya pak Yuswadi Saliya yang berjudul “perjalanan malam hari” (sekaligus ngarep dikirimi dari Jakarta, hehehe). Ya memang dalam dunia praksis yang kadang-kadang begitu pragmatis (dan ekonomis), perlu seorang begawan yang selalu mengingatkan, atau membantu merenungkan tentang profesi arsitek. Bukan sebagai (sekedar) pekerjaan belaka, tetapi sebagai panggilan semesta. Kalau kita balik menjadi “perjalanan menuju pagi” bisa jadi lebih seru. Semacam perjalanan “habis gelap terbitlah terang”. Kita memang harus optimis bahwa pagi akan tiba, saatnya beraksi di bawah matahari kesadaran…

Saya kemarin sudah bikin sedikit tulisan tentang “sarang” untuk kolaborasi kita. Mungkin masih belum matang sih, akan saya coba untuk lebih menajamkannya lagi…
salam,

Anas

Kamis, 16 06 16

Dear Mas Anas Hidayat yang baik,

Ketika pusaran itu bergerak, dan mungkin saja kejujuran menjadi penting, karena semua hilang arah, karena arsitek kehilangan kuasanya karena percepatan pertumbuhan jaman, dengan gejala – gejala hati yang sombong, dengki dan penuh angkara murka tanpa adanya kuasa. Saya sangat tertarik dengan bahasa hermeneutik sampeyan, dengan tafsir – tafsir yang mendasar yang sebenarnya menyadarkan kita semua, bahwa kita perlu percaya kata hati kita, bahwa kita adalah singa yang ada di alam bebas, bukan singa yang ada di sangkar besi. Penyentuhan presentasi njenengan adalah penyentuhan hati, yang bisa menyentil orang yang pintar menjadi marah, dan tidak terima, dan ketika kita sadar, ternyata yang diarahkan adalah bukan hitung – hitungan belaka, namun ini adalah soal hati.

Soal peran arsitek menjadi 1 %, mungkin kita semua disadarkan untuk harus selalu dekat dengan tanah, karena memang kuasa kita adalah ketika kita masih mengerjakan project tersebut. Ketika karya tersebut selesai dan tuntas peran kita, maka peran arsitek menjadi 1 %, dan memang 1% oleh karena sekarang saya menjadi bisu, mas anas saya tantang untuk mengambil 99 % tersebut dan mengambil alilh peran arsitek, menjadi peran tafsir untuk kebaikan publik.

Mas Anas, baru saja satu adik yang saya kenal mengabarkan bahwa ada satu arsitek senior, yang terkenal emosional, blak – blakan, ganas, dan rupawan dan ganteng, ingin datang mendatangkan satu kantornya ke theguild untuk berkunjung, namanya pak Irianto Purnomo Hadi dari antara architect. Ndalem sangat penasaran kenapa beliau ingin datang, mungkin saja, ini dari tebak – tebak tanpa maksud apa – apa bapak itu penasaran mendengar dari anak kantornya ketika acara kemarin, semesta sedang bergerak, dan sebaiknya kita menyambungnya dengan gegap gempita, gelap atau terang, mungkin saja kita akan bertemu pendekar atau guru yang belum terlihat, tokoh – tokoh baru. Mungkin saja ada tokoh – tokoh yang lain muncul satu persatu, dan memang ini pusaran bergerak saling tarik menarik yang sudah dimulai, ditanggapi dan diteruskan dalam langkah – langkah selanjutnya, syukur – syukur kalau orang – orang itu bisa ikut nge trance dan joged bareng, dan kemudia kita bisa berdialog juga, bermimpi bersama.

Saya ada cerita bertemu teman baik saya di satu acara di pameran di casa kemarin, dan ia bercerita tentang bahasa batu bata yang baru ia lihat, katanya arsitektur itu adalah arsitektur terbaik jaman sekarang, karya itu adalah karya seorang arsitek senior. Saya melihat foto – fotonya, dan sempat takjub, memang itu adalah satu karya yang luar biasa. Luar biasa karena konsistensi permainan detail, pengolahan ruang dalam – luar, terkejut, tenang, dengan permainan – permainan cahaya. Namun, saya kemudian berpikir, apa itu terbaik, dan apa ada yang terbaik ? Apa perlu ada sesuatu yang terbaik ? Kita mendapatkan terbaik mungkin untuk mendapatkan satu contoh yang ekstrim dengan permasalahan yang dipecahkan secara spesifik, tentunya sudut pandang dalam melihat kualitas menjadi penting.

Saya pun iseng saja sebenarnya menimpali, bahwa ia perlu pergi ke India, untuk melihat satu master disana yang sudah membangun 35000 rumah dan memiliki arsitektur yang jujur untuk memecahkan masalah cuaca, konstruksi, pemilihan material, dan pengolahan bahasa arsitektur yang eksotis sarat akan alasan dan intuisi (Laurie Baker) , ataupun ia perlu ke Italia untuk melihat kekayaan detail yang didesain oleh Carlo Scarpa, atau malahan melihat Pohsarang Kediri dengan pembahasan ndoro klepon yang sampeyan tuturkan didalam buku Arsitektur Koprol mengenai lokalitas dan inovasi yang melewati keterbatasannya, atau lebih – lebih lagi arsitektur turen yang dibangun oleh santri – santrinya atas nama cinta. Bahwa ada arsitektur yang berupa – rupa dan unik – unik berbeda dengan arsitektur yang disampaikan tergantung sudut pandang yang ingin diciptakan. Arsitektur unik – unik ini memberikan warna – warna yang berbeda dalam kebudayaan dunia yang pluralistik, oleh karena itu, apakah pantas argumen terbaik itu muncul, mungkin saja, namun argumentasinya kalau hanya simplistis berupa kesan, gambar, tanpa memahami satu gambaran yang utuh adalah mungkin saja benar atau mungkin saja sedang tersesat. Saya melihat dibalik kedigjayaan yang ada, inovasi arsitektur dari gambar tersebut masih bergulat diantara wabi sabi, imperfect but perfect, seperti kevin Mark Low, atau Alvar Aalto, maka saya perlu kesana untuk mengalaminya secara langsung., Pada saat terakhir berdebat, ada satu kalimat yang membuat saya terhenyak bahwa setelah kita berdiskusi , katanya ia membatasi pembahasan karya yang kita perdebatkan yang hanya ada di Indonesia, dan tidak melihat negara lain, saya merasakan sedang dikentutin, dan itu bau kacang mente, ha ha, inilah sebabnya kalau menilai tanpa sudut pandang, pasti akhir – akhirnya bau kentut akan keluar.

Secara sikap, saya kemudian membayangkan seakan – akan kita ada di jaman 1800 dimana di Inggris taman – taman publik dibatasi oleh pagar – pagar besi dan hanya orang- orang ningrat yang boleh pergi ke taman. Pagar tersebut adalah representasi batasan terhadap informasi, seketika paradigma pembicaraan menjadi sempit sayangnya tanpa sudut pandang mengapa satu karya itu dianggap terbaik, bukan mau – maunya sendiri nilai sini nilai situ, lagian siapa lu siapa gue ? maaf kalau sedikit sarkasme atau sinis.

Terus terang saya sangat bahagia membaca tulisan njenengan yang berjudul The Gerundelan of 99,9% The Guild: Arsitektur Jaman Edan-Urban-Scarpan-Deleuzian , yang memiliki penafsiran seperti itu, saya tidak akan berkomentar apa – apa, hanya bahagia dengan respons yang ada, berarti ada dialog yang semakin intens antara kita, saling babat, tendang. sikut, pukul ataupun belai membelai, dari benci menjadi cinta, dan sebaliknya, dua tegangan yang berbeda.

Mas anas, saya baru mendapatkan buku bagus, yang judulnya The Power Paradox tulisan dari Dacher Keltner, disini ia membahas mengenai, buku machiavelli, the prince mengenai bagaimana mendapatkan kekuatan dunia. Sumarah memberikan antitesi dari apa yang ditulis oleh machiavelli, namun buku yang ditulis oleh Keltner ini, memberikan sebuah perspektif mengenai kekuatan paradox, dari tegangan – tegangan pada kondisi ekstrimnya masing – masing yang ada disitulah muncul kekuatan apabila kita bisa mengambil paradoks yang terjadi. Di balik sebuah krisis ada sebuah peluang, pertanyaannya, dengan sebegitu problem profesi kita, mungkin saja kita belum mengambil manfaat darinya, dengan mempertimbangkan peluang – peluang yang ada.

Dari masalah disitulah adanya manfaat, mungkin saja kuncinya adalah bukan di arsitek tapi di ketukangannya, mungkin saja kuncinya malah di teknologi bangunan, bukan di programming, mungkin saja lebih – lebih lagi kuncinya adalah pola pikir (paradigm) bukan programming, seperti yang dibahas Collin Rowe, apakah kita mendesain programnya dulu, atau bangunannya. Kita semua di tangan manusia – manusia yang disebut arsitek ini, bandul keseimbangan di antara tegangan tersebut bisa dimainkan olehnya, bukan dipermainkan olehnya. Mungkin dari situ perlunya keahlian saja dalam aspek – aspek diluar arsitektur, terutama mengenai hati dalam bersikap, perlunya training yang matang, dan sikap dekat dengan bumi.

Mas Anas sudah pernah membaca buku perjalanan malam hari yang ditulis oleh pak Yuswadi Saliya ? Saya pikir setelah saya membaca buku itu, saya mungkin berkesimpulan, beliau kecewa dan apa iya lagi frustasi ya dengan iklim kita. Kebisaannya dalam tuturkata, melahirkan sebuah tulisan yang berisikan kompleksitas profesi kita yang carut marut yang disusun dengan runtun.Kalau tidak ada nanti bisa saya kirimkan satu dari Jakarta, sepertinya saya punya lebihan di perpustakaan. Sempet saya iseng saja berpikir gimana kalau judulnya kita balik, menjadi perjalanan menuju pagi, seakan – akan ada optimisme untuk arsitektur yang lebih baik lagi, dari situ ada kekreatifitasan untuk menjaga arsitektur kita lebih baik lagi, yang saya yakin dengan arsitektur yang baik, maka profesi akan lebih baik lagi, tentunya dengan landasan hukum, pranata, dsb dsb.

Kondisi kesehatan saya sedang turun, dari acara kemarin sampai ke pekerjaan – pekerjaan yang menuntut kita untuk berkomitmen. Maklum mungkin ini sedang mau lebaran, jadi semua senggol – senggolan, ingin berdialog, saya pikir ini wajar, hanya saja sekarang sedang musim penyakit flu jadi kena juga. Sedikit istirahat pasti bisa membuat segar kembali, apalagi setelah membaca, The Gerundelan of 99,9% The Guild: Arsitektur Jaman Edan-Urban-Scarpan-Deleuzian, saya pun menjadi segar. Mas Anas untuk pameran IndonesiaLand kita nanti saya persiapkan dulu ya, bagaimana kita bisa saling membelah diri, namun rangkaian prosa- prosa ini bisa menjadi satu pelengkap untuk dialog yang manusiawi, karena kita kan manusia ya bukan alien ataupun monster jadi – jadian ha ha ha. Namun sudah jelas nanti kita berkolaborasi ya,

Salam,

Realrich

Dear Mas realrich Sjarief yang baik,

Terimakasih atas cerita-ceritanya yang menyegarkan, tentang Boss Utara dan tentang Andra Matin, juga tentang Pendidik Utara. Lakon-lakon penting yang malang-melintang dalam pusaran arsitektur kita. Saya suka sekali dengan metafor “pusaran” yang sampeyan sampaikan (sejak di Artotel minggu lalu), ada semacam kedinamisan, sekaligus juga permasalahan dan kompleksitas di sana. Hmmm… sampeyan masih sempat-sempatnya menulis panjang di sela-sela kesibukan senin ke senin, rabu ke rabu. Benar-benar Architrance… hehehe…

O iya, saya sangat tertarik untuk tawaran kolaborasinya, ayo kita mulai. Wastumiruda sebenarnya sudah lama ingin turun gunung, hanya menunggu waktu yang tepat saja. Dan rasanya, saat ini adalah waktu yang tepat, ketika saya bertemu dengan seorang Architrance dari Batavia Barat, yang kadar trance-nya sudah mulai menyeruak dalam pusaran.
Saya ingin membahas sedikit tentang celah, atau pintu kecil (ini terpikir dari jalan masuk 60 cm yang sampeyan paparkan). Di Serat Jatimurti (sebuah kitab lama Jawa yang membahas dimensi), ada bahasan tentang Alam Kajaten (Alam Kesejatian), yang menyebutkan bahwa alam kajaten itu merupakan alam yang bisa menampung yang tak terbatas, bahkan bisa menampung seluruh isi semesta.
Saya menafsirkan alam kajaten itu sebagai “pintu” (bisa berupa celah, lorong atau lubang). karena “kekosongan” pintu berbeda dengan “kekosongan” ruang (space). Jika ruang pada hakekatnya berupa volume yang bisa menampung sekian orang (dan bisa sesak, atau penuh), sedangkan pintu bisa dilewati ratusan, ribuan, dan bahkan jutaan orang, mungkin sampai angka tak terbatas dan tak pernah penuh (karena pintu kodratnya untuk dilewati/dilalui, bukan didiami/diduduki/dikuasai).

Untuk acara hari Minggu, saya tidak ada usulan, saya sudah pas diletakkan di awal, sebagai sebuah pancingan agar penafsir-penafsir lebih bebas mengungkapkan apa yang ingin mereka sampaikan. Kalau untuk profil saya, cukup ditulis: Architext saja. Atau kalau mau agak panjang: Architext lulusan S1 (Arsitektur) dan S2 (Perancangan dan Kritik Arsitektur) ITS Surabaya, yang sedang menulis beberapa buku (termasuk Buku 15 Cerita), Dosen (UKDC dan UPN Veteran Jatim Surabaya), dan Dalang Wayang Arek (meskipun jarang manggung, hehe)

Setelah membaca 99% The Guild, rasanya saya ingin cepat-cepat datang untuk melihatnya secara langsung sebagai experiencing. Dari deskripsi sampeyan, saya rasa ini studio yang hidup, yang lahir dan berproses dari pergulatan, dan layak untuk diapresiasi publik. Yang setelah minggu sore besok segera berubah menjadi 1% The Guild, karena arsiteknya Bunuh Diri (hahaha..), dan publik dengan leluasa akan menafsirnya. Ini saya singgung juga di paparan saya untuk acara minggu sore besok.

sampai ketemu di acara besok,
salam,

Anas Hidayat


Dear Mas Anas Hidayat yang baik,

Mohon maaf saya baru membalas surat ini. Hari senin dan hari selasa sampai rabu biasa menjadi hantaman terbesar dalam kondisi berpraktek, kita punya inisiasi energi selama hari – hari awal minggu supaya bisa beristirahat di akhir minggu. Sebenarnya dipikir – pikir hidup itu sederhana, dari senin sampai senin, selasa sampai selasa, rabu sampai rabu, dan seterusnya, usaha kita menjalani hidup – hidup ini ya usaha yang untuk bisa hidup saja.

Saya mengidentifikasi wastu miruda dengan njenengan karena memang itu pemikiran, yang saya berandai andai ada pemikiran, perbuatan, hati, setidaknya ini bisa menelisik siapa itu anas hidayat. Mungkin saya ini menurut archilexicon wastumiruda adalah architrance= arsitek kesurupan mas ha ha ha. Terus terang membaca wastumiruda, seperti kembali ke saat – saat subtil, mungkin karena memang ruang hampa itu diciptakan sebagai jeda dalam keseharian, disinilah saya berpikir komunikasi ini menjadi penting.

Minggu kemarin selepas dari Bandung dan Surabaya, saya berkesempatan berkunjung ke satu lakon yang cukup penting, ia bisa kita namakan boss utara selain pendidik utara si David Hutama. Nama si boss ini Sonny Sutanto, unik karena saya menemukan pendekatan yang biasa – biasa dan wajar dalam berproses, beliau memang arsitek yang menangani banyak kasus komersial, namun disitu saya merasakan ada struktur, ada kategori, ada satu pranata yang dibuat dengan baik. Setiap desainer dikotak – kotakan supaya bisa punya otoritas, dan drafter ditempatkan di satu tempat terpusat, si boss ada di tengah – tengah semua dengan akses langsung ke perpustakaan. Detail arsitekturnya diwarnai oleh dekoratif dan quote ada di letakkan di courtyard yang menyatukan fungsi – fungsi yang ada. Yang menarik adalah buku yang diedit oleh David Hutama. Karena buku ini menunjukkan kekompleksitasan profesi arsitek kita di dalam rentang waktu 20 tahun terakhir, sehingga informasinya bisa digunakan untuk kita – kita yang muda ini dalam menapaki profesi kita yang tidak teratur, dan lemah akan apresiasi dalam dan luar.

tampak depan kantor Sonny Sutanto Architect

tampak depan kantor Sonny Sutanto Architect

area foyer sekaligus tangga dengan desain kulit terracotta

area foyer sekaligus tangga dengan desain kulit terracotta

Proses Pembangunan yang ditampilkan

Proses Pembangunan yang ditampilkan

Ini kontras dengan buku yang baru dikeluarkan oleh Andra Matin, yang simplistis, minim akan informasi, hanya berubah interview satu arah dan minim akan penjelasan gambar dan tekstual. Saya kemudian bertanya – tanya, apakah ini karena cepat – cepat, atau memang saja karakter andra matin yang simplistis dan easy going ataupun yang hangat dan cepat dekat dengan siapapun. Mungkin inilah contoh adanya dua tegangan yang berbeda akan pola pikir yang berbeda juga, saya yakin proses pergumulan perumusan buku Sonny Sutanto sangat besar, dan membutuhkan waktu yang lama. Selepas dari berapapun biaya dijual bukunya, yang saya pikir itu lebih ke dalam hal – hal bisnis dan tidak esensial dalam membicarakan bagaimana satu karya itu dibedah. Saya harus memberikan apresiasi kepada mata air yang mulai muncul satu persatu dengan tegangan – tegangn berbeda . Sayangnya si pendidik utara ini sebentar lagi pergi ke negara kuda besi, saya harus kehilangan teman sepemikiran, oleh karena itu mas Anas jadi semacam, penyegar, semoga kita bisa mendapatkan penyeimbang dalam alfa yang muncul kembali untuk membentuk omega yang akan datang sebentar lagi.

Kembali ke obrolan surat- surat kemarin, kebetulan saya diundang bu Sarah ginting dan Chobib untuk berpameran di Indonesia Land, membuat instalasi lagi. Sebenernya saya capek berpameran ini, karena kondisi praktek yang sudah menyibukkan, namun berpikir juga bahwa ini adalah satu momentum untuk berbagi ke publik, disaat pameran ada kita bisa punya agenda untuk berbuat kebaikan.

Saya berpikir ya mas, kalau – kalau wastumiruda mau turun gunung, ayo kita pameran bersama. saya ajak mas anas hidayat kolaborasi, saya sudah bicarakan dengan Sarah dan Chobib, dan mereka manggut – manggut excited melihat architrance = arsitek kesurupandi depan mereka sepertinya ha ha ha. Kalau mau ya, nanti disiapkan ya text ataupun pemikiran, tentang wastumiruda, kebetulan kita punya banyak jejak – jejak kehidupan di studio saya, jadi mungkin setelah pavillion sumarah kemarin, mungkin bisa jadi kita bisa buat satu instalasi hyper small, hyper complex, maze, terbuat dari kotak – kotak rubik cube, dimana orang masuk diberikan jalan 60 cm, pas tidak lebih tidak kurang, mengikuti alur yang sebenarnya pengunjung tidak mengetahui apa akhirnya. Itulah cerminan budaya kita mungkin, komplekse, disorder order, paradoks. mungkin tekstual bisa mengiringi dan dalang pun bisa mulai berpantun, berdongeng untuk cerita – cerita di masa lalu masa kini dan masa depan.

O Iya hari ini akan diatur sama kantor saya ya untuk tiket surabaya jakarta, dan akomodasi selama disini satu hari, monggo mawon kalau ada usulan mengenai acara, saya buatkan publikasinya 1 2 hari kedepan soal mas anas ya, apa bisa dikirimkan profil njenengan, ya saya buatkan judul lecturenya 1 % yang dinanti, kalau mau diganti silahkan ya:

ada 2 hal yang mau saya share lagi, pertama tulisan soal 99% theguild, dan ada breakdown acara dari website, saya tuliskan satu – satu dibawah ya, yang ketiga ada di attachment itu brosur untuk acara kita di hari minggu

1. 99 % The Guild
99% The Guild adalah refleksi sebuah pemahaman terhadap kondisi dua jalan pemikiran proses desain yang paradoks. Pemahaman pertama diukur dari pergumulan manusia tentang mencipta ruang dari bentuk – bentuk yang sudah pernah diketahui dengan kombinasi bentuk baru yang kemudian dicari kembali kegunaannya dari pengalaman – pengalaman masa lalu. Ini adalah bentuk pelatihan tanpa henti sehingga terkulminasi di dalam momentum begitu desain itu diciptakan sesuai citranya dengan perjalanan panjang. Ini adalah soal definisi sekaligus fungsi supaya mempunyai nilai kejujuran dalam produk dan proses. Disinilah proses kreatifitas selalu berusaha menembus batas dari batasan yang mengelilinginya dari angan – angan dari arsitek menuju coretan garis, seluruh aktualisasi pengalaman dalam coretan – coretan garis pertama, kedua dan seterusnya.

Pemahaman yang kedua adalah ukuran hubungan manusia dari dalam ke luar. Ini adalah cerita bagaimana memanfaatkan segala keterbatasan lokasi, juga manusia – manusia pembuatnya, lokasi dan cuaca yang ada , dan manusia – manusia yang akan menggunakannya. Disinilah ada proses negosiasi dari keterbatasan sumber daya, waktu, dan lebih – lebih lagi keterbatasan pemikiran dengan orang – orang sekitar, disinilah adanya proses transfer ilmu pengetahuan, yang disengaja ataupun tidak disengaja dalam satu proses yang alamiah dalam proses mencipta arsitektur yang rasionalis juga impulsif, dan intuitif.

The Guild dimulai dari , sebuah studio di dalam garasi berukuran 3 m x 10 m yang memulai titik pertamanya, menorehkan garis, dari satu ruang yang bercat hitam minim akan cahaya, yang memiliki keterbatasan ruang ergonomi yang ekstrim di rumah orang tua saya, dimana batas nyata – nyata terlihat mewarnai derap langkah kawah candra dimuka tersebut . Garasi Itu adalah tempat dimana desain digodok, dari mentah menjadi matang menanti supaya daya energinya bisa diledakkan dalam kekuatan tangis dan tawa dalam kenangan yang sudah menghujam jantung pikiran dari senin menuju senin, dari subuh menuju subuh, dari senja menuju senja, dari hari raya ataupun hari – hari biasa. Kemudian pertanyaan muncul mengenai apalagi bentuknya setelah babak pertama selesai dan babak kedua siap dimainkan ketika memang waktunya sudah tiba untuk pindah ke tempat yang baru.

Proses desain The Guild dimulai dari sebuah kombinasi program rumah, kantor RAW , dan perpustakaan arsitektur omah library yang didesain berupa kotak berukuran 12 m x 12 m menggunakan grid 6 m dengan perhitungan untuk mengurangi sisa bahan konstruksi baja, dengan teritisan panjang, kantilever baja berekspresikan semen, kayu, baja, dan material yang transparan. Permainan terbuka – tertutup didasarkan atas pertimbangan skala ruang dan pertimbangan untuk untuk menangkal cahaya matahari di antara jam 9 pagi sampai jam 4 sore dengan perhitungan bahwa setiap material tersebut punya thermal konduktifitasnya sendiri – sendiri. Pertimbangan tersebut terkulminasi menjadi perhitungan bentuk dari ketinggian, besar dan kecil, penempatan dan sudut – sudutnya pada sisi atas bangunan, pada sisi kulit luar bangunan.

Omah library diletakkan di sisi terluar, perimeter dan setengah di bawah ketinggian 0.00 karena pertimbangan akses publik dan kebutuhannya yang membutuhkan kondisi untuk menjaga buku – buku dari terik matahari, dan temperatur yang konstan dengan sesedikit mungkin menggunakan penghawaan buatan dengan akses akhir adalah sebuah ruang penyatu dari ketiga fungsi yang ada.

Bangunan dibagi kedalam zona publik dan privat seiring dengan bertambahnya lantai, makin ke atas makin privat, dengan pertimbangan akan bangunan yang modular, sirkulasi yang memudahkan orang untuk menggunakannya sesuai dengan 3 program : perpustakaan, studio, dan kediaman. Studio RAW didesain dengan bentuk yang kotak total 3 lantai dengan floor to ceiling sebesar 2.1m dengan permainan solid void, lengkung dan bidang lurus untuk memecahkan floor to ceiling yang cukup pendek. Area desainer, associate, dan administrasi disatukan dengan satu buah ruang tengah berukuran 3 x 6 dengan mezzanine di tengah – tengahnya yang 3 fungsi ini adalah jantung dari kantor arsitek. Ruang prinsipal ada di daerah dekat dengan ruang keluarga, terpisah dari kantor dan disinilah tempat pertemuan kantor dengan pihak luar menghadap ke taman yang merupakan ruang penyatu dari OMAH ruang keluarga dan studio RAW

Akses langsung dari studio RAW dan ruang keluarga yang multifungsi dihubungkan dengan foyer 2 x 2 m dengan pintu masuk yang sama, menunjukkan bahwa orang – orang yang bekerja di dalamnya diterima sebagai satu keluarga besar. Hanya ada satu kamar tidur disini, yang memiliki ruang keluarga sendiri di lantai atas dari ruang keluarga berukuran 4 x 12 m.

Terkadang bisa terlihat ada kenakalan – kenakalan bentuk yang tidak terduga, sebagai interpretasi bahwa arsitektur juga tidak lepas dari mimpi, dan coretan – coretan garis lengkung dan tegas yang, bahwa aktualisasi adalah sebuah fungsi juga dengan takaran yang wajar. Pengolahan – pengolahan detail selanjutnya adalah bagaimana mengaktualisasikan ke dalam fungsi bagaimana struktur dari detail berdiri, bagaimana kemudahan proses perawatan, dan bagaimana menambah efisiensi seperti memperkecil beban dengan memilih material dan bentuk sambungan yang tepat untuk memperkecil biaya dan menambah kompleksitas bahasa detail dalam bentuk yang terpikirkan dan terkomunikasikan dengan tukang – tukang dari waktu ke waktu. Intensi dari detail yang didesain ada 3 , yaitu desain berusaha untuk memperkecil volume barang yang dipakai (efisiensi biaya) , memperbesar celah – celah kretifitas pekerjaan tangan (ketukangan) , memperingan berat dari volume yang didesain (kemudahan prefabrikasi).

Sistem pengairan berjalan secara otomatis, dengan menerapkan zero greywater run off, dan zero storm water run off yang berarti seluruh air ditampung ke dalam bak retensi dengan kapasitas 8 m3 dan bak resapan berukuran 2.75 x 3 m dengan kedalaman 1.5 m yang menyumbang resapan juga ke tetangga yang diletakkan di depan lokasi The guild karena permasalahan banjir yang dihadapi pada saat hujan tiba, menimbulkan genangan air sekitar 500 m2 dengan kedalaman 10 cm di jalan depan.

The Guild adalah sebuah permulaan dari sebuah kantor yang mungkin biasa – biasa saja, desain kantor ini juga tidak spesial, seiringnya waktu, proses, pengunjung, orang – orang pernah , sudah, dan akan datang, menggunakannya dalam porsinya masing – masing bebas untuk berintepretasi, berkhayal, ataupun sedih, dan juga tertawa dalam kesehariannya yang wajar. untuk memberikan pemikiran interpretasi yang tanpa dibuat – buat, dengan seminim mungkin gincu dalam canda tawa ataupun celotehan yang merupakan identitas dari tiap orang – orang yang unik – unik. Disini ’The Guild’ menekankan arsitektur adalah pengajaran semesta mengenai mendapatkan teman, mencipta ruang, dan melepaskan diri sendiri dalam satu proses yang penuh pembelajaran untuk mengenal batas, dan dunia luar tanpa perlu mengharapkan apapun, apalagi tepuk tangan yang megah.

Kita sendiri perlu berkaca cermin dan mata pada Yue Min Jun, ia menertawakan dirinya sendiri dalam karyanya, dan membuat representasi dari kesulitan, problema, dan nafsu yang membelenggunya dengan tertawa dengan mukanya sendiri.

Di dalam dua pusaran pemahaman yang paradoks : dari luar – menuju dalam, dari subtil menuju kontras, dari angan – angan menuju kenyataan, arsitektur the guild kemudian bisa terbentuk. Rahayu kemudian muncul, untuk menemukan keseimbangannya.

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

Realrich Sjarief

2. ini break down acara dari website ya :
99% The Guild : Open House

We Glady invited you to come to 99 PercentThe Guild : Open house, new home of RAW, Omah Library, and Residence of realrich and family . Please RSVP, to book your schedule, in

https://docs.google.com/…/1AZG_hziz3wFGyLE9mLUCNqe…/viewform

There will be a lecture by Anas Hidayat titled 1 percent yang dinanti, about the death of the architect after the work is born and sharing of the craftsmanship process with the team involved to attract discussion and further response. We need you to RSVP because space is limited, there will be food for people who are fasting at 6 pm after the lecture.

The term 99 % is a process of almost finished which every work is always faced where 1% is left to the future, where work is occupied, changed, redefined by further need. The work of architect processed based on its expedients, alchemy, and experiments during the process of the making. Expedients are about the resources available in the process, alchemy is about the relationship along the persons inside the making, and experiments is more into the product driven by expedients and alchemy. The discussion about this work is based on this 3 category to uncover the relationship in the process of making of the guild which we are all hoping to hear, see, and learn from its 99% product and process. The process of living inside the cluster is always evolving, in this open house, but the process will be opened and shared, for critics and restless spirits just for evaluating the process and product.

invitation card will be given after RSVP because the space is limited. Thank you, see you allDear Mas Realrich Sjarief yang budiman,

Mohon maaf saya baru bisa membalas surat sampeyan hari ini, kemarin saya baru dari Purwokerto, Jawa Tengah naik KA bolak-balik, untuk mewawancarai salah satu arsitek yang masuk dalam Buku 15 Cerita.

Kembali ke pembicaraan awal kita. Sampeyan sudah membaca Wastumiruda ya, hehe. Dan sampeyan malah mengidentikkan saya dengan Wastumiruda, hmmm.. sebenarnya tidak terlalu identik sih, meski saya akui bahwa saya menggunakan Wastumiruda sebagai corong untuk mengungkapkan ide-ide dan pemikiran saya.

O iya, saya sebetulnya sudah lama mendengar nama sampeyan, tetapi hanya sekilas saja, seperti orang berkendara di jalan dan membaca iklan-iklan yang bertebaran, hanya mata yang membaca, tetapi tak membekas di hati. Baru setelah bertemu hari Kamis minggu lalu, saya baru tahu bahwa sampeyan bukan arsitek sembarangan. Apalagi ketika sampeyan menunjukkan website RAW yang berisi tentang karya-karya/konsep/pemikiran/ide-ide sampeyan. Saya semakin penasaran, saya buka lagi tentang karya sampeyan 99% Sumarah, yang terinspirasi dari candi-candi, tetapi menggunakan material kontemporer, dengan filosofi yang membikin saya berdecak kagum. Sebuah bibit hermenutik yang dahsyat, ketika arsitek menyerahkan karyanya sepenuhnya kepada publik untuk ditafsir, dibaca dan dinikmati, dan sumarah dalam menerima konsekuensinya. Mungkin ini sebuah bibit “bunuh diri” juga, wujud kerendah-hatian seorang arsitek.

Jika saya tinjau dari Archilexicon-nya Wastumiruda, sampeyan bukan hanya seorang arsitek, mungkin malah Architecxt, (dengan c dan x sekaligus), karena sampeyan dengan fasih bisa mengungkapkan ide-ide dan karya-karya sampeyan dalam tulisan, yang mungkin pada saatnya nanti menjadi teori-teori yang berguna bagi kemajuan arsitektur kita. Sampeyan juga seorang Bibliarchitect (arsitek yang bergelut dengan buku-buku) sekaligus Archiographer (yang pandai menjelaskan karya). Juga Architectonaut (penjelajah lintas-jagad arsitektur), karena sampeyan menyukai Yue Min Jun yang menertawakan diri sendiri dalam karyanya, yang juga tahu tentang Sudjojojo, Affandi atau Basuki Abdullah.

Ketika kita saling berbalas surat seperti ini, saya bisa berefleksi dan juga mengasah pemahaman saya. Semoga menjadi awal yang baik. Baru kali ini saya mendapat kawan arsitek yang bisa saling-berbalas dengan surat-surat panjang yang penuh makna dan perenungan.

salam hangat,

Anas


Dear Mas Anas Hidayat yang baik,

Saya seakan menemukan lakon baru dari lembaran – lembaran yang terbaca, cerita mu bukan cerita ngawur, cerita yang menunggu untuk memiliki sebuah keadaan sebagai landasan, seperti sebuah alegori dalam arsitektur yang belum siap untuk dinikmati, saya yakin 200 persen perlahan – lahan buahnya akan tumbuh, dan yang sampeyan tebar adalah benih – benih kebaikan dalam profesi arsitek yang serba individualistis, egois, dan mengecewakan sekarang ini, keadaan apresiasi homogen, dan rendah akal namun tinggi nafsu. Inilah cerminan budaya kita yang semu, kita perlu berkaca pada Yue Min Jun, ia menertawakan dirinya sendiri dalam karyanya, dan membuat representasi dari kebudayaan yang membelenggu kita dengan tertawa.

Apa ya, kejujuran menjadi satu yang dinanti – nanti, apalagi kritik terhadap diri sendiri. Akan ada saatnya, saya berharap, bahwa keseimbangan akan terjadi, dan kekecewaaan ini terobati. Setidaknya saya sudah menemukan salah satu teman seperjalanan, dengan mengucap syukur terhadap semesta yang sedang tersenyum untuk merasakan hangatnya bumi dan indahnya langit. Emosi dan impuls yang sedang tinggi – tingginya ini akan menemukan keseimbangannya kembali ketika kembali ke jalur praktik dan akademisi, berusaha untuk berbuat yang terbaik yang kita punya demi orang lain dalam keseharian kita yang kita cerminkan dalam laku, hati dan nalar,

Tokoh wastumiruda, yang saya baca bukan menghindar dari permasalahan, namun ia menghindar dari nafsu dunia, dan kemudian mencari jati diri ke universalan, yang penuh dengan paradoks, akan baik benar, salah benar, lalu, depan, karena semuanya itu benar yang membedakan adalah sikap kita menebarkan kebaikan yang hakiki. Kita dianugerahi ekpresi seperti affandi, daya karya seperti basuki abdullah, dan semoga hati seperti sudjojono, sebagai pramnya sastra, sama seperti yang mas perbincangkan. Kemarin saya perbincangkan pertemuan kita, kepada adik – adik saya di kantor, dan saya pikir, ini menarik, karena Wastumiruda akan datang ke Jakarta, untuk merayakan kematian kematian. Ada perasaan gegap gempita, karena ada perayaan, seperti ngaben di Bali, perayaan – perayaan ini adalah perayaan publik, komunitas, sebagai kesempatan untuk menebarkan nilai – nilai kebaikan.

Saya kemudian bertanya – tanya, apa yang akan terjadi dimasa depan, apa buah refleksi yang akan menghantam kekreatifitasan, nalar rasa dan logika. Apa ombak yang akan muncul, dan saya akan memberanikan diri untuk mengubur diri dan diam, dan menunggu. Satu lakon rasionalistis ada di tangan teman saya David Hutama, dan satu lakon empiris ada di tangan mas Anas, dua pusaran itu, semoga bisa membawa, hantaman terhebat dalam proses berarsitektur ndalem, dengan kesungguhan untuk bisa berbuat untuk orang lain. Ada saya ingat satu lakon, namanya pak Sunaryo mas Anas, saya ingat ini gara – gara mas juga, karena bertemu bu Sarah Ginting, dan Chobib Duta Hapsoro. Dia matahari dari Priangan selain mas wastumiruda ada juga David Hutama, pendidik dari utara, hanya karena dia tinggal di Jakarta Utara ha ha ha.

Sewaktu itu ia sedang membuat WOT Batu dan kebetualan ndalem diundang untuk menyaksikan 50 % dari karyanya pada saat itu, dan seperti pertemuan kita ini, semesta berbicara. nanti saya kirimkan, ndak untuk niat apa – apa, kalau sudah seneng ya begini tingkahnya ndalem mas,

Selamat pagi salam untuk keluarga njenengan,

Salam Hangat

Realrich

Mas Realrich Sjarief yang baik,

Saya sangat tersanjung membaca surat sampeyan. Saya pun sebenarnya ingin membuat sebuah tulisan tentang pertemuan kita kemarin, tetapi masih sebatas angan-angan, dan kemudian malah keduluan oleh surat sampeyan. Ah, sampeyan teryata lebih “Koprol” daripada saya, hehehe…

Selama sepuluh tahun lebih saya berdiskusi dan mengungkapkan pandangan saya dengan para arsitek, baru sampeyan yang secara lugas menyatakan: sangat menarik! dan itu membuat saya kaget setengah mati. Kalau dalam pola pikir Jawa saya, seperti ada Hawaning Bawana atau “Kekuatan Semesta” yang mempertemukan kita, yang semoga terus menggelinding melewati ranah-ranah baru yang lebih menantang…

Mungkin nanti akan saya tulis di blog saya dalam bentuk cerita dengan tokoh bernama Wastumiruda (wastu=arsitektur, miruda=minggat/menghindar). Meskipun blog saya ini kurang terawat, tetapi paling tidak mas Realrich bisa membaca cerita-cerita “ngawur” saya di: https://wastumiruda.wordpress.com/

salam hormat,

Anas Hidayat
REK! REpublik Kreatif
Surabaya

Kamis 02 Juni 2016

Dear Mas Anas Hidayat yang baik,

Saya habis membaca tulisan – tulisanmu di buku arsitektur Koprol di kereta perjalanan dari Bandung ke Jakarta , dan kebetulan ada 2 tulisan yang menyentuh hati saya. Untung saja kita bertemu di satu pagi di hotel Artotel milik keluarga Radjimin dan rekan – rekannya, kita duduk membicarakan hal yang lain, dan kemudian kita bergurau kemudian kita berdiskusi mengenai hermeneutika dalam arsitektur, saya bersyukur diperkenalkan oleh Andy Rahman dalam pertemuan di pameran studio ARA Intimacy kemarin di hari Rabu tanggal 1 juni 2016

Baiknya saya sudahi kronologis pertemuan kita dan, kembali ke tulisan tersebut, Tulisan yang pertama Hikayat Gereja Pohsarang, Kediri, dan dan yang kedua Pondok Pesantren Turen, Malang: Arsitektur sebagai laku. Ada beberapa hal yang menarik, pertama soal lokalitas, dari tulisan ini saya menemukan teman seperjalanan yang satu nafas, setidaknya dalam apresiasi dalam bentuk tulisan. Di tahun 1939 gereja Pohsarang selesai dibangun, dan itu adalah salah satu karya yang melewati jamannya, mencoba untuk menggali kreativitas terhadap budaya setempat, hasilnya adalah arsitektur yang tidak lekang jaman, mana saya tau bagaimana reng itu bisa digunakan sebagai batang tarik yang menumpu genteng. Bentuknya yang cantik, menandai hasil pergulatan Maclaine Pont terhadap keterbatasan. Disinilah usaha untuk menerobos batas itu terlihat dan ada warna yang serupa dengan stadion yang didesain Frei Otto di Munich dalam diskusi dengan Undi Gunawan satu sore di kampus UPH, disinilah saya percaya arsitektur tidak terbatas akan besar kecil. Ini hanya satu butir dalam banyak sekali butir konsep yang bisa ditelaah di Pohsarang dari macro menuju Micro yang masih tersisa, yang kemudian kita mencoba membayang – bayangkan di jaman itu seperti apa kesulitan dan bagaimana konteks bisa direkonstruk untuk mempelajari apabila kita menghadapi kesulitan di jaman sekarang.

Kemudian tulisan kedua, menjelaskan tentang satu pondok pesantren di Turen, Malang, menandakan bahwa ada juga arsitektur yang tanpa turunan, ada di tengah – tengah kita. Saya mencari – cari terus, dimana di bumi nusantara ini, ada arsitektur tanpa turunan, sebagai hasil dari manifestasi pekerjaan tangan yang tumbuh perlahan – lahan seiring manusianya tumbuh yang ternyata ada juga di Nusantara, di sebuah pesantren.

Untung saja saya membaca 2 tulisan ini sekarang, semesta sedang berbicara karena momentumnya tepat dimana kalau – kalau ada dua pusaran di dalam arsitektur Indonesia. Dimana saja kebudayaan akan paradoksial, dan baru saja pak Cosmas Gojali, dan bu Diana Nazir melontarkan  temanya di bravacasa, Simplexity dan Complexity 2016. Arsitektur Jepang, India dan lain – lain mungkin bisa mewakili kesederhanaan (simplexity) dan kemauan untuk kembali ke alam, dan arsitektur barat, bisa mewakili kekayaan bahasa melalui kompleksitas industrialisasinya, dan kekayaan khasanahnya yang sudah turun menurun di sempurnakan menjadi demikian kompleks dan terintegrasi. Dua buah paradoks yang menggapai keseimbangan itu menghantam bumi nusantara kita. Kalau – kalau saya ibaratkan,  Avianti Armand bisa saja reaktif, ataupun besikap  fenomenologis dengan tulisan – tulisannya, ia akan berdiri di tengah pusaran itu, sedikit bergoyang untuk mencari keseimbangan, dan menyalurkannya sedapat yang ia bisa ke arah yang membutuhkan. Namun Mas Anas yang ada di tengah pusaran paradoks,  tidak berdiri, namun sedang tidur terlentang, di tengah pusaran tidak bergoyang sama sekali, menunggu orang – orang mengangkatnya dengan tetap tidur terlentang  kemudian dalam tulisannya mas Anas membuat saya  menyadari bahwa arsitektur memiliki banyak sudut pandang, dan tidak simplistis. Disinilah arsitek mungkin akan mendapatkan kembali kejayaannya, untuk memiliki otoritas karena gayung itu diberikan sukarela karena publik menyadari bahwa ia memang layak dibuat.

Oleh karena itu, saya tunggu mas Anas di Jakarta untuk turun gunung, untuk merayakan kematian arsitek setelah karyanya selesai, seperti kematian seorang penulis ketika tulisannya sampai ke tangan pembacanya sebagai refleksi untuk membuat karya yang lebih baik lagi.

Realrich

 

Heart of Pedagogy

Juni 2, 2016

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

Defry Ardianta as moderator of the discussion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Little Brother is getting married

Mei 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letting Go

Mei 29, 2016

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Walk with Miracle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Struggles of our Life – Parent- Son – Daughter

Mei 29, 2016

 

Micracle is 7 months old now

Micracle is 7 months old now

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

There was a story …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

Taking challenges

Mei 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

then,

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

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

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

The garage office interior was moved,

The garage office interior was moved,

The office family is helping the moving

The office family is helping the moving

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

how we should grateful for all of the process.

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

Laurensia and Miracle in the guild

Laurensia and Miracle in the guild

 

 

 

Home Sweet Home

Maret 31, 2016

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

new lighting spot installment to support activity.

new lighting spot installment to support activity.

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

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

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

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

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Second Meeting with Colleague

 

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

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

 

Rahayu di antara Awal dan Akhir – Untuk Agus

Maret 15, 2016

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

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Dear Agus,

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

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

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

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

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

Salam,

dari pribadi yang gelisah.

Realrich Sjarief

the heart that loves is always young

the heart that loves is always young

Architecture Survival Guide

Maret 5, 2016

160306, 04.00 am, OMAH Library, Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

garageI did lecture a month ago with just a good will for young architect. I got so much thing, nurtured by clients, being happy with the process being architect. I do love architecture, there are much about 3 story in the process : forming expedients, practicing alchemy, and practicing experiments. that session was my first time, thinking about profession.

The story of survival, comes when the resource is not enough. Based on last discussion in the little prince, there is little desperation among the young architect, they are very optimistic. They talked about the respect to the master, that they are willing to learn so much thing for being architect not even from one person, but from many person. They won’t give up, but interestingly, there are various job that was discussed such as junior urban designer and as architectural assistant while their scope of work is different. Architect is a certified profession in Indonesia, it’s like doctor, lawyer, accountant while urban designer is new, the product is more into vision and guideline. Being architect need to be social and contemplative as well, it depends on the your own value as an architect.

As a person who will be young architect might wonder on how the process of selection of an architect, this will answer how to get client: [1]

NB A survey by the RIBA in 2014 (Ref RIBA Journal February 2014) revealed that the most common methods of appointing architects were :
Direct appointment 50%
Competitive fee bid or financial tender only 21%
Framework agreement with or without further competition for specific projects 10%
Invited competitive interview (no pre-qualification questionnaire PQQ) 4%
Expression of interest / PQQ only (no design work) 3%
Expression of interest / PQQ followed by competitive interview (no design work) 3%
Expression of interest / PQQ followed by design competition 2%
Invited design competition (no PQQ) 1%
Open design competition 1%
Other 4%

Smaller practices tended to be appointed mostly by direct appointment (61%), whereas this was less common for larger practices (25%). So it’s pretty clear that architect need to be social person. In order to be social there are various book that is best pick : Outliers written by Malcolm Gladwell, Good to Great written by Jim Collins

In forming how to get selected , architect need to show his design work by portfolio, and set of quotation or even if it is based on trust, the quotation could be adjusted but it really depends on chemistry between architect and owner.

Even, Traditionally there are 3 standard ways an architect may charge: [1] as I mean standard, that is to be noted, that some of the contract and circumstance can be varied and modified as nature of the project changes.

1. A percentage of the build cost. This requires that an approximate build cost can be estimated (so that an appropriate percentage can be calculated) and that the scope and nature of the services required from the architect are known.

2. Lump sum fee. This is popular for home owners and small clients as it gives certainty about the total cost at the outset. Lump sum fees are appropriate where the scope of work required is well known when the appointment is made. If the nature of the appointment or of the project varies beyond agreed limits, then the fee may need to be re-negotiated.

3. Hourly rate. This is generally reserved for work where it is difficult to define the scope of services required or the nature of the project when the appointment is made. It is important in this case that fees are capped to a maximum that can be charged without prior agreement and that detailed records of hours worked are kept.

A percentage of build cost is the reasonable and most fair option but it needs the collaboration with the construction industry in best team to put the building in more efficient way and more advanced integration building system. Lump sum fee is picked because of the nature of the project is still unknown, the capability of the consultant and the contractor is unknown. Hourly rate is picked because the trust is small or the work is small. That is why I love to work on site, build on site, work with builder directly forming a relationship, craftmanship, social connection, or economic problem.

Good practice of architect firm was discussed by Bob Miklos, “There is a prevailing understanding of what is appropriate on a percentage basis,” notes Bob Miklos, a partner in Boston’s Design LAB. “We use a percentage … to establish the fee that becomes a fixed fee, to see if we’re in the ballpark.” This can range from 9 to 10 percent for new construction and basic services and consulting to 10 to 12 percent for renovations “in a good year,” Miklos says, while commercial projects ratchet down to 5 to 7 percent. (Renovation projects get higher fees because architects must investigate and document existing conditions that will be preserved, worked around, modified, or added on to.) [2] The standard is much lower in Indonesia while the billing is based on month and non personal cost

There are 2 various type of client :
1. Sympathetic client : this is friend for life who appreciate architecture.
2. Distrustful client : this is the harder part when there is compromise, actually it’s about alchemy process between architect clients.
3. Swing client : architect need to explain, share informations needed about technical and more to the design, also the nature of the project for client’s need.

choosing architect is a very difficult job,because client and architect need to be collaborate, and the expectation is high from the both side to create a beautiful and meaningful project for clients and for life of an architect. It’s worth it.

Peter Wangkar is one of my sympathetic client, who appreciate work of architecture. Here is the project in BSD, it is about a sanctuary of his life, he worked hard for his life, and he would like to have a functional house sited in the beautiful site, facing very nice view. The form is curve and used for framing view.

Peter Wangkar is one of my sympathetic client, who appreciated our work of architecture. Here is the project in BSD, it is about a sanctuary of his life, he worked hard for his life, and he would like to have a functional house sited in the beautiful site, facing very nice view. The form is curve and used for framing view. Our studio is working hard for fruition of this house, by investing time to provide detail, and further study of elevation section and more to detail.

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[1] http://www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/Architect’s_fees
[2] http://www.architectmagazine.com/practice/architectural-fees-whats-your-time-worth_o

Course is starting

Februari 29, 2016

20 February 2016 The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder. – Ralph W. Sockman

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I had a discussion with David about creating bridge between academic and practice. We have a wish to bridge the gab, by introducing course to the young architect. He came up with such interesting proposition, two streams, critic and design. David will guard the critic part and me the design part. The lecture is starting today. I found it interesting because, some of the problem, what we called it appreciation happened because the public is just lacked of information about our profession.

“The lowest form of popular culture – lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives – has overrun real journalism. ” Carl Bernstein

David wrote some part of the critic which will improve the understanding of issue, building thinking and critical framework on appreciating architecture.

” “Design is not the icing on the cake but what makes architecture out of buildings and the places we want to live and eat and shop rather than avoid. Instead of less talk, what need are more critics – citizen critics – equipped with the desire and the vocabulary to remake the city. “(Alexandra Lange)
The main objective of architecture is to accommodate activities of man through making a place of space. Therefore, we can know the quality of architecture by assessing on how it performs it to function. This might be a rudimentary or even old-fashioned – explanation on architecture yet it becomes more vital now. Nowadays as building technology and design technology have been developing so advance, we have more architectural discourses on its quality of space, details, and form making. Even though in essence architecture is still doing what it does yet it is getting more complex. In other words, architecture becomes more difficult to understand since now it is weaved with many layers.

In this manner, we need someone who can translate and digest the thick layers of architecture in order for people to understand and to make a judgment on architecture. This is significant of the role of the critic. A good criticism will connect people to architecture and in a way will put architecture back to its place as a spatial medium for a man to live their life.

This course is not aiming to train or to produce professional critic. The aims of this course are to encourage everyone to conduct a good and fair criticism. By the end of this course, we expect that each participant can write criticism in a proper framework, logic, and structure with fun. Fundamentally, the operation of criticism is an act to put something or many things into its/their proper places and order. Therefore in the era of overwhelming social media and information, we have to encourage more people to think critically, to be more patience and calm in judgment and hopefully they can share their critical thought to public through many expressions; writing, exhibitions, or publications.”

Then, I wrote some of other paragraph for the design stream, this course actually is not learning in a master class, it’s more about practicing design. It’s about all of the basic thing being an architect.

“While we are designing, we are remembering all of our aspect of our childhood, our training, and time of practicing. Being a fresh graduate, The expectation of being an architect increased, from time to time, yet the profession is getting critical than before. Building technology, material are invented in every second. The industry changing, economy changing, culture changing, the context is changed but the foundation is never changed. In order to be able to practice, you have to learn the foundation of skill as an architect. It’s about knowing what you know, then do it fluently, sometimes without you are noticing because it is in your spirit. The skill is flowing, because of the design foundation.

The design foundation consists of three components. First It’s about mastering skill as an architect or realizing your expedients. Expedients mean the resource that you have in your starting design processes iterations such as previous design experience, background or even the most important cash flow.Having expedients is the most and first critical point to be an architect.

Second the skill to maintain all of the relationships in between man to man or it is an alchemy, and the effort to designing the building, Alchemy means a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination of man to man, man to society.

Third is about experiments, it is an elaboration of the set of the deep layer of skill on practicing, to keep the intention, and perfecting the product, Experiments means a scientific procedure undertaken to make a discovery, test a hypothesis, or demonstrate a known fact. Then at the end, by going through these three cycle, architect forms a system for self-criticism to create another iteration in his or her life to be his or her own master. One master in architecture will believe that designing is sacred activity believing that doing architecture is more to nurturing our own spirit, it’s more to devotion.

This course aims for the participant to be able to practice being an architect or just increasing the appreciation of architect’s profession. This course won’t teach you being a star architect, or act like one. The aims of this course are to coach the good young architect generation. By the end of this course, we expect that each participant can have good architecture practice framework, know how to to analyze, to critic and to design, functional building by integrating MEP, Structure, and program, set a reasonable fee, contract, knowing your own limit and resources, and conduct a good practice for establishing career as an architect with optimism. Being architect is about to serve people with design capability and design responsibility.”\

I do hope what we are doing in this course will do good for young generation of architects as what we have been given so much thing in this profession. Greg, Fandi, and Rezki finally smiled, the class is already begun, and I am extremely happy, and look forward to see the alchemy started.

The Alchemist by Mattheus von Helmont (Antwerp 1623-After 1679, Brussels) Oil on Canvas. A bearded seated man facing three quarters left, with glasses and bright red shirt, bends over open book on desk stacked high with mess of books, papers, glassware. More of same at his feet plus broken and unbroken crockery, large copper pan, and strands of straw throughout. At left middle ground two men at table; behind them a man stands by a large furnace and pours from one vessel into another. To right in background through partition are three men around a free standing small furnace heating a pot. Van Helmont was a follower of Adrien Brouwer and David Teniers II. Popular subjects for these artists include peasant interiors, alchemists, doctors, and craftsmen at work.

The Alchemist by Mattheus von Helmont (Antwerp 1623-After 1679, Brussels) Oil on Canvas. A bearded seated man facing three quarters left, with glasses and bright red shirt, bends over open book on desk stacked high with mess of books, papers, glassware. More of same at his feet plus broken and unbroken crockery, large copper pan, and strands of straw throughout. At left middle ground two men at table; behind them a man stands by a large furnace and pours from one vessel into another. To right in background through partition are three men around a free standing small furnace heating a pot.
Van Helmont was a follower of Adrien Brouwer and David Teniers II. Popular subjects for these artists include peasant interiors, alchemists, doctors, and craftsmen at work.

 

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

Februari 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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view from the pool side


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


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


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First initial sketch of the house


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Basic principle of the zoning

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

Little Prince – Where are you ?

Januari 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“To establish ties?”

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

― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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

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

34 th Birthday – Miracle Birthday

Januari 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

When Friction finished, iterations went normal

Januari 3, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learning the Opposite Side of Soejoedi to Hasan Poerbo

Desember 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Suddenly I woke up
and many people were there,

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

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

Wishes for Miracle

Desember 16, 2015

Jakarta, 151612

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

Selamat atas kelahiran putra tercinta…

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

my wish to you and your family…

With love and kisses

Nina Subiyanto dan Bayu juga Ajeng dan Ibu Atie”

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

 

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My Garden of Dreams and Memory – Writings for Baccarat Indonesia

Desember 12, 2015

2010, Japan “Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it.” – Rumi
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The writing for Baccarat Indonesia was just published, it was written when we had trip to  Japan few years ago during summer studio, by Professor James Weirick. The trip was about travelling to 4 different cities (Kyoto, Nagoya, Tokyo, some remote area such as Shirakawa, Mt. Gifu, and new site of Imperial Hotel by Frank Lloyd Wright). The brief from Editorial team was about telling story about garden. So the story is about  the zen garden, and story about beautiful garden of versailes, the idea was about explaining garden of the east and garden of the west. Those are two different standing point, one is more about the logic, power of man, another is about the spiritual being, reflection to blend with nature.

Tinggalkan pikiran – pikiran dunia, merunduklah. Dengarlah suara teko air teh yang mendidih, dengarlah suara alam, burung – burung yang berkicau, suara air yang menetes, suara kaki orang yang berjalan, alam sesungguhnya berbicara, rasakan kesempurnaan dalam ketidak sempurnaan, mata ini menatap ke arah huruf kaligrafi jepang yang ada di depanku, kemudian wanita di depan ku berkata, prinsip ini melandasi budaya Jepang pada upacara minum teh, yaitu Simple dan Rustic.

Tak heran semua yang ada di Jepang terlihat begitu sederhana dalam kesehariannya meskipun jejak – jejak modernisasinya juga terasa dimana – mana. Konstruksi Detail – detail kuil yang terbawa dari jaman dinasti Tang China, berubah menjadi sederhana dan tampil apa adanya.dengan warna – warna alam. Berbeda dengan China yang menggunakan warna – warna cerah untuk kuil – kuilnya. Di Kyoto, kuil2 dijaga kelestariannya, di jaga kesempurnaannya setiap 30 tahun, mereka tetap berbicara dengan alamnya dengan kondisi yang terbaik untuk anak cucu mereka untuk melestarikan budaya. Hal ini juga terasa dalam retakan – retakan budaya yang ada di Ubud, Bali yang menyisakan secercah kenangannya akan kualitas spiritual yang masih tersisa.

Musim gugur, di bulan november, saat yang sangat indah dimana pepohonan mulai menunjukkan warna-warninya. Gingko dengan warna kekuning-keemasannya, Mapple degan warna merah kekuningannya, maupun Sakura yang berwarna kecoklatan. Berjalan – jalan ke 4 kota yang berbeda, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka. Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka dengan densitas yang sangat tinggi. Karya maestro – maestro designer Jepang yang bertaburang antara kota2 ini menjadikan kota ini menarik sebagai objek arsitektural ataupun relasinya dengan tata ruang kota. Juga Kyoto, kota yang sangat indah dengan kuil2 shinto dan buddha, menunjukkan transisi dari artifisial ke alam.Dari Jepang aku belajar lebih mencintai budaya, alam dan kesungguhan untuk berkarya. Dari totalitas yang ada, belajar untuk mengembangkan rasio dan rasa, pikiran dan perbuatan untuk menghasilkan karya terbaik. Di balik rasio yang bisa didapatkan dari negeri barat, dari budaya timur kita mendapatkan pelajaran rasa dari Jepang, negara yang cantik, dan indah dalam keseharian.

Dari budaya barat dan timur, dari penataan istana Versailes dengan desain taman baroque yang simetris, dengan geometri yang teratur, sampai kepada taman Ryoanji di Kyoto, ataupun taman di desain tata lansekap Bali yang menghadirkan tanaman kamboja dengan berbagai jenisnya. Bahwa pada hakikatnya perencanaan ini untuk menyediakan bunga kamboja sehari – harinya yang dibutuhkan untuk berdoa den meminta rejeki ataupun untuk bersyukur akan rahmat yang diberikan. Bunga ini kemudian semerbak dengan wanginya yang harum. Dari sinilah kita mengetahui kegunaan kamboja di lain sifatnya yang mudah untuk dibiakan, dipotong pada pangkalnya ditanam di media tanah, ia pun akan hidup tanpa perlu air yang banyak.

Ataupun taman vertical pun muncul dalam lingkungan hidup kota yang padat, yang dipopulerkan oleh Peter Blanc, seorang desainer lansekap dari Perancis yang membuat eksplorasi yang sebenarnya sudah pernah ada sebelumnya, seperti yang ada di gua pindul, ataupun ada di lereng – lereng gunung, dengan memadukan tanaman tersebut di media yang vertikal, dimana hal tersebut dicoba untuk diterapkan dengan pengairan yang baik, dengan sistem yang bisa memadukan dengan keterbatasan tempat.

Taman, adalah sebuah anatomi yang penting dalam sebuah bangunan, layaknya sebuah badan manusia, taman adalah satu hal yang adalah tempat untuk mengembalikan 5 indra kita sebagai manusia, dengan mencium semerbak wangi bunga, atau wanginya daun pohon kayu putih yang bisa tumbuh di lahan yang tidak memiliki banyak air. Ataupun melihat hijaunya daun, merasakan hangatnya rerumputan di kaki kita, mendengar gemericik air dan suara burung – burung, ataupun mengecap manisnya buah – buah yang dihasilkan dari taman.

Di lain itu, taman tidak hanya memiliki parameter terhadap time and space, ataupun economy and ethic, untuk menunjukkan kemewahan, atau, sekedar tempat yang harus ada, atau function and aesthetic, tempat yang cantik – cantikan saja. Tamun taman bisa dikombinasikan sebagai tempat untuk pesta kebun, sebagai place and event, tempat yang merupakan kenangan bagi orang – orang yang datang.

Sederhananya di dalam sebuah rumah, dimana taman yang ini begitu indah adalah taman yang bisa membuat kita berkontemplasi secara puitis terhadap alam. Taman tidak hanya berfungsi sebagai estetika saja, atau sebagai resapan saja yang membuat bumi ini lebih hidup, namun taman ini bisa meninggalkan dan membawa sisi spiritualitas kita lebih tinggi, dengan daun – daun yang berjuta warnanya, dengan susunan batu yang ditata begitu cantiknya, dengan pemilihan tanaman yang diatur dengan kegunaan dan warna warninya. kenangan bagi keluarga mengingat hakikat kita sebagai manusia yang seutuhnya, melebur kepada alam untuk mengingat waktu kita semua yang sedang menghitung mundur, dan tidak perlu tergesa – gesa menikmati perjalanan ini.

“Jadilah pohon yang rindang”, kata om William Soeryadjaya, yang buahnya lezat bisa dinikmati siapapun. “untuk ke bintang, alami kerja keras yang luar biasa dan menjadi pohon yang memiliki tajuk yang lebar.”

This storywas inspired so much by om William, his humbleness towards life explained in his biography which make us  admires him. I remember talking to Ditri, managerial editor of Baccarat, time flies, relationship happened, it madr use started to think, and wake up in this beautiful world, beautiful landscape, how grateful we should be in this world.


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30 days of Miracle – the little prince

Desember 11, 2015


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

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

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

Young People Speak up

Desember 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Warmness in Rumah Petak

Desember 7, 2015

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

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

3 x 3 workaholic room

3 x 3 workaholic room

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

Floating Table Tennis Board

Floating Table Tennis Board

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

Lovely people around

Lovely people around

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

Lecture in OMAH Library

Lecture in OMAH Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Leverage is much higher

November 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

credit to the National Gallery of Singapore picture to Tatyana Kusumo

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I miss them :)

November 19, 2015

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

The Strange Library

November 15, 2015


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

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

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

Allegory in Architecture

November 15, 2015

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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.

Miraclerich

November 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

not much then really.”

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

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

Walk a Little Slower, Daddy, Mommy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do many smiles

November 5, 2015 2 Comments

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

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

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

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

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Men at Work

November 5, 2015

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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Journey To the East – Awakening the Roots

Oktober 31, 2015

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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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[1] https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/journey-east
[2] Greene, Robert. Mastery

Growing Mind – Awaking the Third Drive

Oktober 29, 2015


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, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tracy-cutchlow/why-some-kids-try-harder-and-some-kids-give-up_b_5826816.html
[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 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How much is your time weigh Mr. …

Oktober 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I added at the end,

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

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

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

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

Partnership means Family

Oktober 21, 2015

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 ?

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[1]http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partnership
[2]https://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Partnerships
[3]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partnership

Students and The Spirit of the Young

Oktober 20, 2015

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Landscape as Events

Oktober 9, 2015

“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 …
 

Bibliography
[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

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

Terracing Landscape House

Oktober 3, 2015

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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.

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Dematerilization Moments

September 25, 2015

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 #rawarchitecturekaryanyaarsitekku #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] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Praise_of_Shadows [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.

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.

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

September 19, 2015

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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

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

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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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zwh9dPyidA

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

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

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

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Notes for exhibition – Bravacasa in Pacific Place

Juli 18, 2015

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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Building Nation Legacy through Architecture Fundametal – writing for Baccarat Indonesia

Juli 17, 2015

 

“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.

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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


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 www.raw.co.id/summerarchitectureworkshop

 

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

Juni 30, 2015

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

Membangun potensi kawasan seni dan budaya di Jakarta
Apa ‘resep’ terpenting untuk membangun Jakarta…
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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!
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Riko Arsiananta Bilbao effect..
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Muhammad Herryanto adakah arsitek indonesia yg pengalaman merancang gedung pertunjukan ?
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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

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

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