Posts Tagged ‘sustainability’

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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04 Jun 2011

50 Ribu Sepeda Publik di Hangzhou

Tulisan dan Foto oleh Robin Hartanto, Hangzhou.

Sejauh apa dapat bersepeda di sebuah kota? Baru seketika Jakarta membuat jalur sepeda pertamanya sepanjang Blok M-Taman Ayodya (1.5 m), katanya sudah tidak berfungsi.

Tapi, 28 Mei 2011, nun jauh dari Jakarta, saya berkesempatan mengunjungi Hangzhou, China, sekedar berjalan-jalan. Tak butuh waktu lama untuk jatuh cinta dengan kota ini, terutama bagi para penikmat sepeda. Selama 10 tahun ini, kota Hangzhou mendapatkan berjubel-jubel penghargaan, antara lain “The Best Tourism City of China” dari United Nations World Tourism Organization dan National Tourism Administration tahun 2006 serta “China’ s Most Beautiful Leisure City” dariChina Leisure Development International Forum tahun 2010. Salah satu winning factor-nya, adalah perihal sepeda ini. Lantas apa yang membuatnya menakjubkan?



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06 Oct 2010

Mengurai Kemacetan Lalu Lintas- Merintis Jakarta menjadi Green City

Perhimpunan Alumni Jerman mengundang Anda hadir sebagai pembicara pada kegiatan diskusi dengan tema “Mengurai Kemacetan Lalu Lintas- Merintis Jakarta menjadi Green City” yang akan berlangsung pada

Hari & Tanggal : Rabu, 13 Oktober  2010
Waktu : Pk. 18.00 – Pk. 21.00 WIB
Tempat : Goethe Institut
Jl. Samratulangi 9 – 15
Jakarta Pusat.


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01 Jul 2010

5th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)

Call for Abstracts

5th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)

National University of Singapore (NUS)

24th to 26th February 2011, Singapore (more…)


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29 Jun 2010

Staging Sustainability: Arts, Community, Culture, Environment

How can we produce art that reflects, celebrates, critiques and advances the cultural life of our community without contributing to the destruction of the setting that inspires these artistic endeavours?

The Faculty of Fine Arts at York University (Toronto – Canada) invites proposals for papers for
Staging Sustainability: Arts, Community, Culture, Environment, a conference taking place April 20-22, 2011.

The conference will provide an opportunity for artists and those who support the arts in a myriad of ways – from scholars, critics, producers and designers to policy-makers, industry and government – to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue about issues associated with the creation of environmentally sustainable arts practice and performance.

The conference committee welcomes proposals for papers that consider the relationship between the cultural and ecological aspects of sustainability in the arts, and may encompass aspects of subjectivity with respect to community and identity.

Please forward a 250-word abstract of your proposal, including your name, affiliation, mailing and email address to:
Ina Agastra, Executive Assistant to the Dean
Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
[email protected]

Submission deadline: September 1, 2010

Conference website:

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25 May 2010

Balai Warga and Kebun Wisata Tanaman Obat

Text and Pictures by Anggriani Arifin.

Fostering a communal sense of home amongst Community of RW 09, Kelurahan Pondok Kelapa, Jakarta Timur:  What was the background of the initiative?

It begins when the community of RW 09, Kelurahan Pondok Kelapa felt the demand to have a secretariat’s office for daily administrative matters. Having located in a state-owned housing complex, the neighbourhood was in luck as there was a vacant land that was already allocated for social facility. With an area of over 500 square meters, the previous idea took a turn and elaborated into having a multi-function assembly hall. A series of lobbying process took place and finally the PD. Sarana Jaya approved the proposal with construction stage kick-started in 2003.

When Balai Warga comes into place…

The hall evoked community’s enthusiasms and became the manifestation of the RW officials’ humble intention, which is to ensure that every resident has a genuine sense of ownership toward their neighbourhood with a commonly-used public place. The effort to create a functioning public place was reflected in the name the community reffered to the assembly hall, which is “Balai Warga” in the hoped that in the truest sense belongs to every residents of the neighbourhood. The place could be utilize not only for community meetings, but the place was also open to be reserved for badminton games, weddings, private function, Karang Taruna and PKK agenda and any other social activities.

In light of such spirit, every phase in the construction process was self-organized and self-funded by the community. The building was 371 square meters, well-designed and facing the neighbourhood’s basketball field. The initiative had invited a relatively large attention and able to gain supports from the  local government. In 2007, Balai Warga had reached its final completion and the community of RW 09 began to enjoy the presence of a representable, comfortable and usable social facility  that is at the same time, informative on the neighbourhood’s activity.

Making neighborhood a home…

Balai Warga’s construction had fueled RW officials’ motivation to continue making betterment to the neighborhood.

Community-based Solid-Waste Management and Biopori Holes. In 2005, the buzz of community-based solid waste management reached the area, a site visit to pioneering Kelurahan Rawajati, South Jakarta was made. To make the neighbourhood environmentally-conscious by managing their solid waste was in response to the area’s vulnerability to flood and the lacking capacity of the surrounded transit disposal sites. The idea was very simple. Residents separate the waste, following the well-known organic, non-organic and toxic waste typology although for practicality, the residents were only expected to separate based on waste that was compost-material, recyclable to be given to scavengers and kinds that could not be utilize for either purpose, should be put in the waste residue category.  The seemingly easy task has proven to be quite difficult to be followed by the residents. Up to now, only a minority group in RW 09 who separated their waste. A short-term solution was proposed. The waste would be separated in a solid management post near the Balai Warga, cooperating with surrounding scavengers who were hired as staff. Although behavior changes was still encouraged, but the method had kept the composting production on-going and motivates the community to start separating waste.

For the composting process, the community of RW 09 opted for a simple method after a series of consultation and visit, The process of turning the organic waste into compost take within a 6-7 week period, with phases comprising of waste separation, aging, turning, sprinkling, and riping. The high points of this method is that it does not require incenerator, without using bio activator, does not produce odour and does not invite flies. Using this method, the compost production can now reach up to 200 bags per week, with selling price of Rp. 3000,- per bag.

In addition to the initiative, the RW officials also utilized biopori methods to reduce waste production and reducing flood risk (the neighbourhood occasionally suffered from flood risk, although a river embankment and dredging initiative of nearby Jati Kramat river in 2007-2008 had significantly overcome the threat). Up to 300 biopori holes were made around parks and main roads in the neighbourhood.

Kebun Wisata Tanaman Obat  (Agritourism Herbal Garden) and Green Spaces. The idea was to create an icon for the community that they can be proud of and would like to take part in its success. Located next to Balai Warga, the herbal garden was open for site visits, an information centre on herbs, its benefits and usage, increase awareness on natural health remedies, and as a functioning green space which can be enjoyed by the community.

The garden was built on a 5000 square metre land, and was self funded by the residents. It possessed up to ninety (90) types of herbal plants that was grown there. This effort was assisted by the ASPETRI (associaton of traditional herbs producers of Indonesia). A bamboo-made saung was also constructed with the idea that the residents can reserve the place for lunch, meetings or simply to have family moments overlooking the gardens and the balai warga. The overall idea was to ensure that the garden could really be utilized by the community.

To further creating livability, community were encouraged to have green plants in front of their home and on almost every streets within the neighbourhood. To add tidiness, the trotoirs were repainted and pots of plants were also put on the main streets, as well as making green spaces in idle lands.

Creating  Livability

The message that was continuously buzzed in the neighbourhood management is that a clean is the key to a healthy and comfortable living environment, in which community’s participation in maintaining the condition is pivotal. To keep the neighbourhood alive, community activities were highly encouraged, with routines like RW siaga (to combat dengue fever), kerja bakti (voluntary community work), independence day’s events trail, aerobics, and others, as well as incidentals such as Kampung Anti Narkoba (anti-drugs kampung) movement by building Anti-Narkoba posts accross the area. A monthly newsletter, Warta 09¸ were also circulated to keep every resident informed and acknowledged as part of the community.

Initiatives like one that RW 09 have, certainly would not take place without the work of a rigorous and dedicated RW officials as well as a supportive community. However, it would also never take place if there was no intention to nurture partnership amongst residents and the Rukun Warga (RW) official in making the neighbourhood becomes a home, instead of mere space, to be shared together. The community of RW 09, as well as many communities in DKI Jakarta, had proven that this simple intention is enough to ignite significant changes in any neighborhood.


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05 May 2010

Dilema sampah: daur ulang versus konsumsi

Apakah sebuah kota perlu mengalami tragedi pahit sebelum mengalami perubahan drastis? Setidaknya itulah yang dialami oleh Minamata, sebuah kota pantai di Jepang Selatan. Minamata menjadi pusat perhatian ketika untuk pertama kalinya sindrom keracunan merkuri ditemukan secara masif dalam seluruh mata rantai makanan. Kota tersebut menjadi terkenal karena penderitaannya.  Perlu waktu berpuluh-puluh tahun untuk memulihkan tatanan sosial dan rehabilitasi kerusakan lingkungan yang terjadi. Kepahitan yang terjadi hampir 60 tahun yang lalu kini membawa Minamata menjadi terdepan dalam babak baru era ekologis ini.



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03 May 2010

Rujak Center for Urban Studies

Lahir pada 1 Mei 2010, RCUS dimaksudkan untuk mengisi kesenjangan dalam proses peralihan masuk ke dalam abad ekologi. Semboyannya adalah “Menuju kelestarian kota dan wilayah”.

Namun, perlu ditegaskan bahwa menjadi lestari bukan hanya berarti selamat dari perubahan iklim dan bencana ekologis lainnya, tetapi juga menyelesaikan berbagai masalah perkotaan lainnya yang telah mendahului kesadaran kita tentang tentang masalah-masalah ekologis. Tetapi, kami percaya bahwa kesadaran akan ekologi, dan produksi pengetahuan yang dipercikkannya, telah memberikan perspektif dan kesempatan untuk merumuskan tindakan secara berbeda dalam rangka menyelesaikan masalah-masalah perkotaan yang telah lama menunggu kita seperti misalnya kemiskinan, keadilan, pluralisme dan keberagaman, dan lain-lain. Sesungguhnyalah, semua itu telah memungkinkan suatu cara baru dalam membangun kota.

RCUS bermaksud memusatkan kerjanya pada kota-kota sebagai wilayah manusia yang merangkum kebanyakan, kalau bukan semua, persoalan masa kini dan masa depan manusia. Pada tahun 2007 dunia telah mencapai tingkat urbanisasi 50% karena terutama tingkat-tingkat urbanisasi tertinggi di kota-kota negeri sedang berkembang.
RCUS memandang keluar ke seluruh Asia Tenggara dan Timor Leste sebagai wilayah kerjanya, sementara mulai dengan berpijak kuat di Indonesia.

RCUS dibangun di atas pengalaman dan latar-belakang berbeda dari para pendirinya yang telah melakukan berbagai kegiatan penelitian, pembangunan kapasitas dan advokasi kebijakan secara tersebar di dalam dua dasawarsa terakhir, seringkali tanpa dukungan organisasi apa pun, karena mereka melakukannya sebagai “individu yang tidak terlembaga”, sebagai sukarelawan warga. Dalam perjalanannya, kami juga perlahan mengumpulkan dukungan yang tidak teratur, kadang dari orang perorang, kadang dari lembaga-lembaga. Para pendiri juga memiliki beberapa pengalaman profesional yang berhasil dalam bidang kepemerintahan yang baik, seni dan budaya, pusaka budaya, strategi pembangunanj, dan pembangunan kemabli pasca bencana (di Aceh).

Ketika kami belajar sambil berbuat, akhirnya kami sadar bahwa perubahan memerlukan rancangan langkah-langkah, skala dan kerjasama yang lebih besar, komitmen jangka panjang, daya tahan, dan karena itu peng-organisasi-an yang sungguh-sungguh. Kami berharap menggabungkan penelitian, pembangunan kapasitas dan advokasi kebijakan di bawah satu atap RCUS untuk membuat upaya kami lebih efektif.

Orientasi tetap kami adalah terus menerus memperluas kepemilikan perubahan lestari oleh warga, melalui prakarsa dan partisipasi aktifnya dalam membangun kota dan wilayah. Optimisme kami didasarkan pada pengalaman bertahun-tahun bertemu dan bekerja dengan makin banyak prakarsa bebas dan otonom warga di tingkat akar-rumput. Dalam semua kerja kami, kami ingin selalu membangun prasarana, ruang dan kebiasaan bagi prakarsa dan partisipasi warga, bukan sebagai produk-sampingan, tetapi sebagai tujuan itu sendiri. Kami mendudukan diri kami sebagai fasilitator agar beragam pemangku-kepentingan dapat melanjutkan pekerjaan yang dimulai bersama-sama.

Born on May 1, 2010, RCUS is founded to fill the gaps in the necessary process of transition into the ecological age. Our tag-line is “Towards sustainability of cities and regions”.

However, it must emphasised that by sustainability we mean not only surviving climate change and other ecological disasters, but also solving other urban problems that have predated our awareness about ecological problems. Nevertheless, we do believe that the awareness about ecology, and new production of knowledge that it sparked, have created a new perspective and opportunities for conceptualising our actions differently to solve those other outstanding urban problems such as poverty, justice, pluralism and diversity, etc. Indeed, they make possible a new way of building cities.

RCUS wishes to focus on cities as human territories that amalgamate most, if not all, of contemporary and future human problems. In 2007 the world has passed the irreversible 50% urbanisation rate, due mostly to the highest rates in cities of developing countries.
RCUS is looking out to the whole South East Asia and Timor Leste as it area of works, while starting firmly in Indonesia.

We are building on different experiences and backgrounds of RCUS’s co-founders who have been doing a multitude of research, capacity building and policy advocacy sporadically in the past two decades or so, often without any organisational support, as they did so as “non-institutionalised individuals”, as voluntary citizens. In the process we have gathered a lot of sporadic supports, too, sometime from individuals, sometime from institutions. They have successful proffesional working experiences in the fields of good governance, arts and culture, heritage, development strategy, and post-disaster reconstruction (in Aceh).

As we learned by doing, however, we realised that changes require designed steps, bigger magnitude and collaboration, long-term commitments, perseverence, and hence serious organising. We wish to combine research, capacity building and policy advocacy under one roof of RCUS to make our efforts more effective.

Our persistent orientation is towards ever expanding ownership of sustained changes by citizens, through their initiatives and active participation in city- and region-building. Our optimism is based on many years of encountering and working, at grass root levels, with growing number of citizens’s independent and autonomous initiatives. In all our works we wish to always build infrastructures, spaces, and habits for citizens’ initiatives and participation, not as by-products, but as the very goal itself. We envision ourselves as facilitators for multi-stakeholders to carry on works that we start together.


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15 Apr 2010

Healthy Movement in Architecture

Sebagai negara tropis, indonesia mempunyai salah satu sumber daya alam yang berlimpah. Sumber daya alam tersebut adalah kayu. Keberagaman sumber daya alam yang ada di Indonesia seharusnya membuat kita menjadi kreatif tetapi juga tepat dan tajam dalam mengeksplorasinya.

Jika kita menilik arsitektur etnik yang ada di Indonesia maka jelas terlihat bahwa kekreatifitasan dan kekritisan tersebut telah ada pada mereka. Masyarakat yang masih membangun arsitektur etnik ini lebih jujur dan peka dalam menanggapi apa yang terjadi d sekitar mereka. Oleh karena itu apa pun teknologi yang mereka kembangkan selalu berkesinambungan (sustainable).

Kayu karet sejak tahun 70-an telah dikenal dan digunakan sebagai bahan baku berbagai industri, salah satunya adalah industri furniture. Kayu karet tergolong kayu kelas II setara dengan kayu hutan alam seperti kayu ramin, perupuk, akasia, mahoni, pinus, meranti, durian, ketapang, keruing, sungkai, gerunggang, dan nyatoh. Walau mempunyai potensi positif, Kayu Karet masih belum dimanfaatkan dan dikenal secara optimal dan meluas terutama dalam ranah arsitektur.

Melalui kegiatan ini kami ingin mencapai dan menggapai kedua hal tersebut. Kami ingin mencoba memperlihatkan potensi lain dari kayu karet melalui eksplorasi desain arsitektur. Dengan potensinya tersebut kami merasa kayu karet dapat juga menjadi komponen inti arsitektur yang berestetika baik. (more…)

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09 Apr 2010

To Build City-Region Anew: Space for Participation and Citizens’ Initiatives.[1]

Paper written for Tokyo University’s “Sustainabel City-region Workshops,” 23-24 February 2010, Shangri-La Hotel, Tainan, Taiwan.

By: Marco Kusumawijaya


This paper discusses experiences of participatory practices and citizens’ initiatives in city-region building in a context of recently and rapidly democratising country, Indonesia. While these experiences are rooted in specific post-authoritarian Indonesia, they nevertheless indicate some ideas that might be important for our our transition towards sustainability. The paper argues that participation and citizens’ initiatives are more than just a fulfilment of a political right, but a new way of building sustainable city-region.

Keywords: Participation, Spatial Planning, Citizens’ Initiatives, Aceh, Jakarta.

Introduction: Context and Connviction (more…)

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