A reflection of BUDD Camp 2016

Having an opportunity in a BUDD Camp Brescia 2016 seems like a great occasion for me. It was not only expanding my understanding to the current urban issue but also, my first real experience working in the ground field. After a series of discourses during our class in MSc Building Urban Design in Development, the camp acted as a breakthrough toward real cases and knowledge implementation. Starting to develop myself into a critical practitioner, our time in Brescia has given an experience how does developing practitioner work under the pressure of time, quality of output, team collaboration, and reflecting our notions. Working with the issue of migrants and how we can imply our interventions toward critical and alternative future scenarios is a challenging yet interesting at the same time.

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Urbanism can be shown to be a temporary-centric based on historically urban phenomena and urban forms of integration in a specific time. Thus, an integrated plan for a temporal urban condition should be a system of interlinked actions which seeks to bring better intervention within the city in a whole.

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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.

Between Physical and Non-Physical Strategies

Between Physical and Non-Physical Strategies

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The long history of making a good city has been emerged since the end of 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. These discourses related to the bad city condition in European and Northern American society including mental and physical (Fainstein, 2000). It then raised planner as a visionary expert to envision future good city. They believed that notion about good city can be taken from imagining ideal city through its physical regularity, neatness, and beautify of the city. For “professionals and expertise”, it was urgent to make a new order of the city to come up with all social conflicts and miseries. Reformation of physical environment was believed to solve city and life society problems (Fishman, 1996). The earliest era of planning activity towards prospecting good city was guided by determinism of physical environment philosophy. Its subject matters designed city, parks, boulevards, and new settlements, among others.

One of the most prominent literature of a good city is The Good City Form (Lynch, 1981), that was written by the most influential thinkers in contemporary urban planning, Kevin Lynch. An urban environment is a complex system of interaction between people and surrounding objects.He mentioned that achieving good city will require five performance dimensions such as vitality, sense, fit, access, and control, and two meta-criteria including efficiency and justice. He then defined the legibility of the cityscape as the entry point with which its parts can be recognized and organized into an obvious pattern or symbolic manner. Therefore, he emphasized image ability as the feature of a physical object which can view as vivid images towards good city meant to be. His solution about making a good city was clear, by using a strong physical recognition that recognized by city inhabitants.

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Everything is More!

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Who we are? We are everything. Yes, I still remembered the question that appeared in our first meeting two months ago. I thought from its name my recent course MSc BUDD, Building Urban Design in Development, it tends to be an “ordinary” urban design like what is in my mind for several years. Even I ever predicted it will be different, but I never imagined that it goes totally beyond than I thought. I am a person with an architectural background that starting in love with urban and its congestion. I am kindly similar when it talks about built and environment, but not so much work on social and political. In some cases, I often get lost where I am. Luckily, people surrounds me and all of the tension of studying force me to follow the process, and slowly but sure (perhaps) re-shaping my mind afterwards. And it has not finished yet, more and more!

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