Bambu dan Realitas Sustainable Yang Tersembunyi

Tidak terlalu lama rasanya euforia tentang green, eco, dan sustainable building – development mewabah di seantero jagat Indonesia bahkan dunia. Terlebih dengan high exposure media (arsitektur) mainstream yang lantas menjadikan green sebagai tren dalam mewujudkan hunian atau bangunan yang dianggap peduli terhadap keberlangsungan lingkungan. Tapi pernahkah kita berpikir lebih mendalam tentang apa itu green ? apa itu sustainable ? dan mengapa penggunaan material yang berlabel “green” saja itu tidak cukup untuk menjelaskan gagasan besar dari “sustainable” ?

Sebuah manifesto hasil dari kompetisi desain mengenai “green” di dunia arsitektur pernah cukup kritikal dihasilkan oleh biro desain Rotterdam bernama STAR di tahun 2011. Manifesto itu berjudul ” O’Mighty Green ” yang terdiri atas lima hipotesa mengenai fenomena green di dunia arsitektur. Dimana di point terakhir mereka menulis bahwa

The Green is the common lie, the secret consensus, the perfect crime; everybody knows that it cannot be that good, that it cannot be that easy, but why bother? It sells, and there is enough Green for everybody ” .

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Internship Experience with Obayashi Corporation, Japan

Obayashi Corporation is one of the five major Japanese construction companies. It was founded by Mr. Yoshigoro Obayashi in 1892 in Osaka, and operates not only in Japan but also overseas including Southeast Asia, Australia, Europe and United States. Recently, Obayashi Corporation has been involving in many major Japanese landmarks for example the Kyoto Station, Tokyo Skytree, Namba Parks, Grand Front Osaka, and Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) Center. During 2016 Ando Program Host Company Training in Obayashi Corporation, there were two trainees have been working here in a ten-day internship since 3 October to 18 October 2016. My dearest colleagues from Bangladesh, Ishika Alim and I, Muhammad Nelza Mulki Iqbal from Indonesia, were given a design assignment about Osaka New Museum and we were taken on a building construction site visit in Kyoto and Osaka. It was a wonderful experience that we never imagined, working in a tight schedule while trying to learn as much as possible about Japanese construction technology and design approaches.

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Today’s architecture, a brief comparative between Japanese and Indonesian Architecture

By comparing specific examples in your country with those in Japan, please state your opinion on the role that today’s architecture plays in urban planning in the globalization era, in terms of landscape preservation and human-nature coexistence

Recently, the increasing intention of humanity architecture, along with environmental, and the common good outcome, is inevitably a signal of serious problems in our built environment. Considering the fact that globalization and its neoliberal ideology failed to meet its goals to make a better life. Architecture especially in term of its spatial production as a tool of the capital cannot be underestimated. It also proofed that architecture still posits in a contradictory profession. Its actions intersect with a huge range of unrelated domains; at the same time, its nature -to build- is so complex that sadly grounded the architect as a builder and a thinker at the same time.

As I mentioned previously, architecture is a collective practice that will challenge its nature identity to engage with the important non-architectural issues. It is then embarking architecture not only as a solution delivery rather it can be an approach towards achieving wider opportunities. In particular, when it refers to the spatial interpretation of nature and human being.

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Japanese Architecture, and what I want to learn about

Based on what you have learned at university, what would you like to learn from Japanese architecture ?

Throughout my time, studying and practicing in architecture, planning, space, and design manifestos, I would like to argue that architecture is not merely about form acrobatics. It should be conceived as a collective practice that never be solely single entity.

In many times, architecture also can be acted as a virtual engagement beyond its physical intervention, and it goes broader than its nature function as a spatial context. Space and architecture are not separated dimension. Its indivisibly coupled following other social and spatial dimensions.   Continue reading “Japanese Architecture, and what I want to learn about”

melihat lagi informalitas dan mata pisau penggusuran di Indonesia

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melihat lagi informalitas dan mata pisau penggusuran di Indonesia.

Wacana penggusuran dan konflik lahan di ranah informal kembali mengemuka kembali menghiasi headline-hedline utama di berbagai media massa baik online maupun offline. Keberadaanya hadir dan menguat ditengah isu politik dan juga pemilihan kepala daerah. Informal dalam pengertian sederhana KBBI berarti sesuatu yang tidak resmi. Di Indonesia informalitas bisa menyentuh banyak hal dari mulai pekerjaan, status, hunian, dan bahkan kependudukan. Sayangnya, analogi informal acapkali disandingkan dengan kondisi yang tidak layak, kumuh, dan kemiskinan.

Informalitas di Indonesia hari ini, apalagi berkenaan dengan kependudukan masih dianggap sebagai “sampah”, entitas yang harus disingkirkan jauh dari pusat kota. Kota yang katanya didesain untuk selalu bertransformasi kearah yang lebih baik. Kota yang mungkin akan jadi lebih menyenangkan jika akhirnya banyak bangunan tinggi berdiri, area taman hijau dimana-mana, dan keberadaan shopping center mewah yang bisa jadi arena kekinian bagi anak muda. Untuk kepentingan itulah terkadang proses penggusuran yang kembali booming saat ini kembali menuai kontroversi.

Namun, terkadang kita lupa informal juga punya hak untuk kota. Mereka hadir mengisi pos-pos yang tidak mengenakkan di kehidupan harian kita sebagai warga kota. Banyak dari mereka berprofesi sebagai tukang sampah, pemulung, tukang cuci, pengamen, pekerja serabutan, pedagang asongan, buruh dan lain sebagainya.

Kita juga lupa bahwa profesi ini adalah profesi yang selalu tidak diinginkan oleh masyarakat terdidik di kota megapolitan seperti Jakarta. Diakui atau tidak profesi ini lah yang lantas menjadi jawaban atas segala ketakutan kita akan hal-hal yang menjijikkan dan tidak kita inginkan. Dan secara tidak langsung kehidupan formal kita akan selalu berkaitan dengan keberadaan orang-orang yang tidak resmi ini.

Pertanyaan selanjutnya adalah mengapa lantas kita acuh saja ketika hak hidup orang-orang yang berpengaruh ini dikebiri?

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FLIP-GRAM of EVOLUTION

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Talking about portfolio while doing my master degree in BUDD, I will try to propose it as a reflection throughout my journey here and show it in series chapters of a “FLIPGRAM of EVOLUTION”. As a practitioner that learns about architecture and urban as a design tool, and also working a lot with the physical intervention in my previous years. I would like to say that I am doing a process of evolution now.

What I am thinking about Urban, Architecture, Border, and Space have been slowly changed to better interpretation. Evolution as its definition meaning the gradual development of something is totally happening to me, and I do not know when it will be stopped (or maybe it can be a never ending progression?).

As an evolution process, for me, my understanding about Urban, Architecture, Border, and Space will constantly evolve and change. However, to understand it deeply I do not want to leave my process that I got before, and re-frame it as a critical step towards my new perspective.

Therefore, as a narrative of my approaches, it can be shown in this portfolio by playing the flip-images back and forth. Perhaps it can show how my understanding comes from a back-and-forth process during my way to shape and re-shape its meaning.

Finally, all of my new perspectives have been changed and driven by my intention to the theory of the right to the city. Then, it also renavigates my understanding about the city in a whole.