Posts Tagged ‘design’

14 Oct 2013

Interaction + Intersection Urban Design Workshop



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by Pawda Tjoa

After months of planning across three different time zones, Cities South of Cancer, in collaboration with Rujak Center for Urban Studies and Universitas Tarumanagara in Jakarta organised an Urban Design Workshop involving students of architecture, academics, practitioners and urban designers from Jakarta and beyond.

During this workshop, we worked with architecture students and practitioners to explore alternative ways and approaches to urban design in the streets of Jakarta stretching from Kota Tua to Kebayoran Baru. Instead of rushing into finding a solution, we challenged designers to rationalise and analyse the urban issues they found, so as to approach urban issues better informed.





This workshop began with a series of talks, followed by a site visit. After an opening speech by Marco Kusumawijaya from RUJAK Center for Urban Studies, the Keynote Lecture was delivered by Dr. Felipe Hernández from Cities South of Cancer, University of Cambridge. With examples from contexts in Latin America and China, Dr Hernandez introduced the concept of articulatory urbanism, and emphasized the importance of contextualizing urban phenomena in the larger global network and system.

Dr Hernández’s talk was then followed by an introductory statement by Pawda Tjoa (Cities South of Cancer, University of Cambridge), to set the theoretical framework for the workshop activities. This kick-started a series of public talks by Reuben Blackie and Iswanto Hartono on issues closer to home—PKL and informal economies in the streets of Jakarta.




Everyday of the workshop began with a studio session, before participants were released to conduct their own fieldwork. Intensive studio days then alternated with fieldwork days. Throughout this workshop, participants are also constantly reminded that regardless of the sites that they have been assigned, be it Kota Tua or Bundaran HI, they must work as part of a larger context, acknowledging these ‘intersections’ are all closely connected even if distinct in character.

On the third day of the workshop, participants presented and exhibited their site analysis to a group of studio mentors and reviewers, including Dian Irawaty (RUJAK) and Imma Anindyta (UNTAR). They then proceeded to work on a proposal for a possible urban intervention based on their site analysis. Before they do so, however, participants were required to return to their respective sites to continue their survey and site studies. This was critical to ensure that the workshop puts equal emphasis on fieldwork and studio sessions.


Presentation of Proposals took place on the final day of the workshop. Reviewers included Dr Felipe Hernández, Suryono Herlambang and Dr Danang Priatmodjo. While much improvement was observed, it was clear from the presentation that there remained the tendency to immediately solve a particular problem that the participants identified during the short period of the workshop. This was a point made explicitly by all reviewers—that there still needed to be a change in attitude and approach in the process of studying an urban site, not with the aim of finding a solution but with the aim of learning more about a particular issue before any proposal was to be made.


The Presentation of Proposals was then followed by the second public lecture by Dr Priatmodjo on the urban space design in Jakarta. This lecture and the intense panel discussion that ensued were an appropriate reminder of the current urban debate, especially as participants continued with their studio project for the rest of the semester. The workshop then concluded with a closing remark by Pawda Tjoa, highlighting what the workshop has achieved in terms of encouraging an alternative approach and attitude to urban studies, as well as increasing awareness amongst practitioners and architecture students and academics on the dynamics within the urban spaces of our city. Pawda also introduced to the audience a blog tab on the dedicated website for the workshop, where participants have recorded and documented their first-hand experiences roaming about in the city. It was not a conclusion that she and the organisers wished to leave the audience, but a vehicle for continuing the dialogue about the ways in which we interact with the urban spaces of our city.

While the workshop itself has now concluded, participants are still applying the lessons they have learned during the workshop in their studio project for the next three months. The final outcome of this workshop along with the final presentation of work will be compiled in the form of a small publication. Workshop participants have diligently continued to record their experience through a dedicated blog here:

Do check it out, we would love to receive your input!

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12 Sep 2013

Public Talks : Jakarta at the Crossroads

Joint Workshop Poster-public

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12 Aug 2013





Teks dan foto oleh Rofianisa Nurdin


“To the young with hearts of passion and the old who are young at heart.” – Kevin Mark Low


Last June I got an opportunity to be a part of #BetterCities’s pilot project, Urban Residency in George Town, Penang, in which 9 young creatives from architecture and design backgrounds collaborate to design a community space. The site lies at a back lane flanked by shop houses and residences in Little India. Within a week, we have to design this almost abandoned pocket space into a place where community can use, gather and interact.

Prior to our workshop, the #BetterCities team had conducted a 4-month research before locating this space as a case study. They made the design guidelines and requirements for us. So our aim was to tackle the Challenge Brief with a design solution that could be possibly built within a week. There was also a budget limitation, of MYR 8000.



Since the first day when I arrived at Sekeping Victoria, the workshop venue, these creative people fascinated me. They all have sharp opinions and a deep understanding on many kinds of issues. Every discussion was intense. Every design decision was under careful consideration. Being among them, I learned new things: how to argue and solve problem in terms of design; how to interact with different layers of communities and authorities; how to implement ideas into technical construction (i.e. making it real); how to know when to brainstorm and when to make decision; and when to stop thinking and just do.



I also heard many interesting stories from the participants: the art scene in Penang, the political situation in Malaysia, the creative people’s desire to be appreciated more, and the so many different approaches to tackle the urban challenges in the cities from what I know back in Indonesia.

Yet, as the neighboring countries we share similar issues. Southeast Asian countries, especially our cities, are vastly growing. Some people are ready to face global challenges; they talk about a better future, a better world. Some are still absorbed in their conservative values and traditional way of living, which are actually great to preserve history and their roots.

Being the generation in between, I think this is the opportunity for young people to address both sides with smart and creative kind of approach. Bridge the gap. Be the solution.




As for me when I was back to my hometown, Jakarta, drowned in the crowded TransJakarta bus, I was thinking that we are on the way towards a better future. Despite of the messy traffic and polluted air, the city has a promising sky and inspiring people. Admit that, our people are the struggling creative ones and tough adapters. Layers of Jakarta societies have their own unique vision to build a better city from many different perspectives. We are now on the hand of great figures (because good seems not enough for the tough city), promisingly created a good governance in the future.

Hopes are everywhere.

George Town is a nice city. Penangite people are nice it reminds me about our people. Yes, we are nice people. Some people being tough in the bus because they have a lot of problems so they forgot being nice. Once the city problem got fixed, as we fixed it together, Jakarta will hopefully be one of the beautiful South-East Asia cities.

 “If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.”

− Debbie Millman’s Advice on Courage and the Creative Life


To the young with hearts of passion and the old who are young at heart, I hope wherever and whoever you are, whatever you wish to be, you will learn something from whatever you are facing right now.

To be a better person. Among a better community. In a better city.


More about #BetterCities on or facebook page

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28 Jun 2011

“Bangunan Peka” bersama Prof. Uwe Rieger, Indonesian Dream dan Arsitek Komunitas


Arsitektur Tanggap Lingkungan

6 Juli 2011, 16:00 WIB

Tur pameran dan bincang-bincang bersama kurator Uwe Rieger (The University of Auckland)

Museum Nasional Indonesia
Jalan Merdeka Barat No. 12

PameranBangunan Peka-Arsitektur Tanggap Lingkungan” di Museum Nasional 6-20 Juli 2011 diselenggarakan oleh Goethe-Institut Indonesien bekerja sama dengan Uwe Rieger, guru besar tamu untuk desain, ketua departemen arsitektur di School of Architecture and Planning The University of Auckland.

Pameran ini mengangkat tema arsitektur reaktif, yaitu arsitektur yang dapat menyesuaikan diri secara dinamis dengan iklim, cuaca, perencanaan atau pengguna. Tujuh instalasi akan dipamerkan. Lima di antaranya didatangkan dari Selandia Baru, sementara dua lainnya dari Indonesia: Ciliwung Recovery Programme (CRP) karya Indonesian Dream (Rezza Rahdian, Erwin Setiawan, Ayu Diah Shanti, Leonardus Chrisnantyo, Mario Lodeweik Lionar, Petrus Narwastu) dan Rumah Bambu Swapasang karya Arsitek Komunitas dari Yogyakarta.

Goethe-Institut Indonesien dengan Rujak Centre for Urban Studies (RCUS) mengundang Anda untuk tur keliling pameran dan bincang-bincang bersama Uwe Rieger pada:

Rabu, 6 Juli 2011 di Museum Nasional, mulai 16:00 WIB.

Acara akan dipandu oleh Marco Kusumawijaya dari RCUS.

Fakta-fakta menarik yang dapat didiskusikan antara lain adalah:
• Kebutuhan untuk mengembangkan arsitektur yang menghemat energi dan bahan dengan bereaksi positif atas alam
• Kebutuhan untuk mentransformasi pengetahuan dan kebijaksanaan dari bentuk-bentuk vernakular/tradisional arsitektur Indonesia ke konteks kontemporer dan perkotaan menggunakan metode ilmiah.

Kami mengharapkan pertukaran pikiran di antara kurator dan Anda semua!

Untuk mendaftarkan kehadiran pada acara ini Anda dapat menghubungi (selambatnya 5 Juli 2011):

Dinyah Latuconsina

Goethe-Institut Indonesien

Jl. Sam Ratulangi 9-15

Jakarta 10350

Tel. +62-21-23550208 – 147

[email protected]

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23 Apr 2010

Kaki Lima Kota dan Arsitektur

23 April – 2 MeiKami dari panitia HUT SKETSA,

Lomba Desain Konsep

Workshop (23,24,27 April 2010)

Lomba Fotografi (penjurian 28 April 2010)

Seminar Arsitektur (29 April 2010)

Pameran Arsitektur di eX (30 April-2 Mei 2010)
Talkshow: Fengshui dalam Arsitektur (2 Mei 2010 )

Launching: Public Expose jilid 1 (1 Mei 2010)

Vincent (08978820856)Lydia (08170139193)

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16 Sep 2009

Sayembara Tanpa Hadiah

Merancang hunian untuk empat (4) keluarga berpenghasilan menengah Jakarta di atas tanah 245 m2 (lihat lampiran) di jalan Rembang No. 11, Jakarta 10310.

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(Lihat antara lain

Sudah jadi pengetahuan umum bahwa, sementara kelompok masyarakat berpenghasilan sangat tinggi kini mudah mendapatkan hunian di dalam kota (atau di mana saja, untuk hal ini), dan kelompok berpenghasilan rendah mendapatkan subsidi di dalam pusat kota atau di pinggiran kota, atau secara spontan menduduki berbagai tanah publik, kelompok berpenghasilan menengah hanya memiliki pilihan hunian berupa landed house di tepian kota, atau rumah-rumah tua di dalam kampung-kampung yang lama tidak mendapatkan peningkatan prasarana di dalam kota.

Perubahan tata-guna lahan di dalam Kota Jakarta telah mengurangi stok jumlah hunian. Penduduk Jakarta Pusat dan Jakarta Selatan telah menurun secara absolut dalam sepuluh tahun terakhir. Stok hunian yang tersisa di lokasi-lokasi yang baik (dalam kepentingan modal disebut “lokasi strategis”) untuk hunian karena dekat dengan lapangan pekerjaan dan sarana publik kini terus menerus mengalami ancaman alih fungsi dan harga tanah, yang antara lain secara tidak cakap dipengaruhi oleh kebijakan pemerintah melalui penetapan Nilai Jual Obyek Pajak yang setinggi-tingginya “mengikuti perkembangan pasar”.

Perpindahan kelas menengah ke pinggir kota dalam jangka panjang akan menyebabkan matinya pusat kota di malam hari, menjadikannya tidak efisien sebagai ruang kota, dan mematikan budaya kehidupan berkota dan mengota itu sendiri. Sementara itu pengembangan sub-kota (suburbs) yang terus menerus spekulatif dan tidak efisien akan menambah kepada pencemaran lingkungan melalui polusi udara para pengulang-alik, penggerusan lahan subur, pemborosan prasarana, dan lain-lain.

Yang harus dilakukan adalah meningkatkan stok hunian di dalam kota Jakarta yang terjangkau oleh kelompok berpenghasilan menengah di Jakarta.

Yang terjangkau ini secara logis adalah meningkatkan kepadatan jumlah hunian per tiap-tiap lahan, tetapi untuk lebih banyak jumlah keluarga, bukan kepadatan fungsi lain atau untuk jumlah orang berbelanja atau untuk jumlah mobil. Ini berarti juga bukan gedung-gedung tinggi yang mahal karena perlengkapan bangunannya (lift, AC, pompa, dll), dan karena biaya struktur bangunan yang makin meningkat per meter persegi pada bangunan yang tinggi.


Sayembara Tidak Berhadiah ini bertujuan mengumpulkan gagasan terbaik untuk meningkatkan kepadatan hunian kelompok berpenghasilan menengah di dalam pusat kota Jakarta, melalui rancangan bangunan hunian untuk empat keluarga pada sebidang tanah yang nyata, ialah di Jalan Rembang no 11 di Jakarta Pusat.

Sayembara ini tidak menentukan batas apapun kecuali lahan yang nyata, dan peruntukan bagi hunian empat keluarga dari kelompok berpenghasilan menengah di Jakarta.

Para peserta dipersilakan menafsirkan sendiri kebutuhan (dan kemampuan serta kewajiban) “keluarga berpenghasilan menengah di Jakarta”. Sebab, arsitektur bukan hanya penerima “terms of reference” yang diterjemahkan menjadi bentuk sesuai pesanan, melainkan arsitektur sendiri berhak dan mampu merumuskan “terms of reference”, dengan kata lain: membayangkan sendiri masyarakat Indonesia masa depan seperti apa.

Sedangkan kelestarian dan atau keramahan terhadap lingkungan sudah dengan sendirinya harus menjadi tujuan tanpa perlu digembar-gemborkan sebagai sesuatu yang khusus atau istimewa. Yang minimal harus dicapai adalah: tidak digunakan pendingin udara, pengolahan kembali air limbah dapur dan kamar mandi, tersedia kemungkinan menggunakan panel photovoltaic, penyerapan air hujan seluruhnya ke dalam tanah (tidak dialirkan ke saluran tepi jalan), komposting, tidak digunakan mesin pengering cucian, dan tidak digunakan lampu pada siang hari.

Rancangan Tidak Perlu Terikat pada Ketentuan seperti KDB, KLB, dan Ketinggian Bangunan.


Karena tujuan di atas, maka rancangan yang dimasukkan minimal perlu mencapai tahap “Schematic Design”. Sangat dianjurkan untuk sampai pada tahap “Design Development”, setidaknya untuk beberapa hal yang menentukan kinerja rancangan mencapai tujuan ramah-lingkungan dan lestari.

Rancangan dikirim hanya dalam bentuk digital ke [email protected], dengan mencantumkan nama dan alamat lengkap serta email peserta, serta berbahasa Indonesia.

Format dijital yang digunakan adalah PDF, DOC, JPG, XLS, dan PPT. Besaran file maksimal 10 mb.

Bila akan menggunakan format lain, harap memberitahu penyelenggara melalui: [email protected]


Pendaftaran (tanpa biaya): Nama, alamat, no.telpon, Alamat email, dikirim ke: [email protected] paling lambat tanggal 20 Oktober 2009.

Karya dikirim kepadan [email protected] paling lambat tanggal 20 November 2009.

Pemenang (tanpa hadiah) akan diumumkan tanggal 27 November 2009 melalui situs ataupun pemberitahuan via email.

Tindak Lanjut:

Karya-karya yang diterima akan diterbitkan menjadi “buku” digital dalam bentuk PDF dan disiarkan melalui dan lain-lain. Selanjutnya akan dipertimbangkan untuk diterbitkan dalam bentuk buku tercetak.

Bilamana ada gagasan khas dari sebagian atau seluruh karya peserta yang digunakan untuk mewujudkan/membangun secara nyata bangunan hunian empat keluarga ini,  maka peserta yang bersangkutan akan diberitahu, mendapatkan pengakuan terbuka, dan mendapatkan imbalan yang jumlahnya akan dirundingkan.


Dewan Juri terdiri dari para editor

Marco Kusumawijaya, Elisa Sutanudjaja, Meutia Chaerani, Andrea Fitrianto, Cecil Mariani, Armely Meiviana


1. Gambar Site (silakan unduh disini)

2. Google Map (silakan unduh disini)

Sila kunjungi situs ini untuk informasi tambahan.


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10 Sep 2009

Ayo Pilih Bangunan Favoritmu!


Dan raih kesempatan untuk mendapatkan satu Kursi Accupunto..

Ikatan Arsitek Indonesia (IAI) Jakarta mengajak masyarakat Jakarta untuk dapat ikut berpartisipasi pada acara IAI Jakarta Award 2009 dengan cara turut memilih bangunan favorit yang ada di Jakarta.

Caranya mudah saja, cukup dengan memfoto bangunan yang difavoritkan, lalu lampirkan keterangan alamat dan alasan anda memlilih bangunan tersebut, untuk kemudian dikirim via surat elektronik (e-mail) ke alamat award@iai-; Waktu pemasukan pilihan atara 11 September hingga 16 Oktober 2009.

Pengirim yang beruntung berhak mendapatkan satu kursi Accupunto. Kursi Accupunto adalah kursi penerima penghargaan desain Red Dot Award 2003, Interior Innovation Award 2004 (German), Good Design Award (Jepang) dan Indonesian Good Design Award 2003. Pengumuman pemenang dapat dilihat pada website; pada tanggal 23 November 2009.


IAI Jakarta Award adalah penghargaan kepada karya arsitektur yang berada di DKI Jakarta oleh arsitek anggota IAI bersertifikat. Penghargaan ini diselenggarakan per tiga tahun seiring dengan penyelenggaraan Musyawarah Daerah IAI Jakarta sejak tahun 2006. Untuk kali ini IAI Jakarta Award hadir dalam cara yang berbeda guna menjangkau lebih banyak lagi arsitek dan masyarakat untuk berpartisipasi.

Seiring dengan penyelenggaraan acara festival arsitektur Jakarta : Jakarta Architecture Trienalle 2009 yang mengambil tema “Affording Architecture” atau “Menjangkau Arsitektur”, IAI Jakarta Award 09 ingin meningkatkan kesadaran masyarakat terhadap arsitektur. Arsitektur sebagai bagian yang terjangkau dari kehidupan sehari-hari, bagi seluruh warga kota. Dengan adanya interaksi yang semakin berkembang antara arsitektur dan masyarakat, maka diharapkan acara ini akan dapat turut merayakan arsitektur yang baik dan mengundang tanggapan masyarakat terhadap arsitektur yang secara perlahan membentuk Jakarta.

IAI Jakarta Award 09 akan memberikan 5 penghargaan bagi 5 bangunan di Jakarta karya arsitek anggota IAI bersertifikat (SKA), 1 penghargaan bagi bangunan di Jakarta hasil pilihan masyarakat dan 1 penghargaan bagi arsitek yang telah berkontribusi besar bagi arsitektur Jakarta. Dewan Juri terdiri atas arsitek Bambang Eryudhawan IAI dan Adi Purnomo, budayawan Gunawan Muhammad arsitek asing masing-masing Kevin Low dari Malaysia serta Michel Rojkind dari Argentina.

Karya karya nominasi akan dipamerkan pada pameran Jakarta Architecture Trienalle 2009 di Grand Indonesia pada tanggal 09 – 22 November 2009.


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28 Aug 2009

Singgih of Magno Wooden Radio offers a New Urbanism


Singgih Susilo Kartono among the trees surrounding Magno wooden radio workshop (August 23, 2009@Marco Kusumawijaya)

Singgih Susilo Kartono, the maker of Magno wooden radios, thinks we should grow together with our resources. He wants to prove it in his village, Kandangan, in Temanggung, only 8 km from the house where Police thinks Noordin Top hid.  Will it materialise sustainably or become a bursting utopia? Only more elaboration and testing-out will answer that question. We discussed this issue while enjoying fresh air in his workshop on August 23, 2009.

He envisions his village to develop sustainably with production, consumption and resources growing together in the same locale. He wants to literally grow resources for his factory. He has already started growing seeds of sonokeling, mahoni, and other hardwood that he uses for his products, the famous awards winning Magno wooden radios, toys and stationery. He distributes the seeds for free to his neighbours to plant them on their own lands. One slide of his powerful powerpoint presentation shows how more trees emerge and grow bigger as his production grows as well.

With demand for his products growing (creating a current backlog of one month), it is very likely that he will have to expand his production facilities soon, although he does not wish to hurry on that. His neighbours will also enjoy the desentralised distribution of benefits soon. If things go well in the next couple of years, the village vill soon experience a densification process, having new wealth that willl materialise in the “rural” space

Singgih’s vision of production based on local resources, and a fair distribution of wealth in the locale, revives our imagination of “garden city” and other utopias in the history of urbanism. Resources and production are closely linked with relationships clearly tangible and within sight. It would certainly means very low ecological footprint. Fortunately, his “inputs” of the electrical parts in his radios also come from nearby factories in Semarang, two hours by car from Kandangan, Singgih’s base.

His products are sold so far mostly to consumers abroad. MOMA in New York just started to sell them in their stylish museum shop. Can we assume that the value he added to the woods justifies the emission of CO2 of transporting them?

Need for a plan

In anticipation of the spectre of  “growth” that is lurking from behind both the demand for his products, and the needs of the village, Singgih is already thinking of  creating a “masterplan” to guide the village development into the future. A serious mapping of available assets (natural and man made) is needed. A vision of how a future growth wil also grow and nurture (instead of deplete) the assets will be an intriquing exercise of intellect, creativity and technical skills of many disciplines.

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24 Jul 2009

On Creativity and Sustainability

Design & Sustainability (by.Tita Larasati)

Design & Sustainability (by.Tita Larasati)

What is creative if only to produce a more variety of products and modes of consumption? What is creative industry/economy if only to create a new layer of competition? Is any layer of competition better than others?



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