Friday, 22 May 2009

Ritual Art of Offering as Catalyst for Sustainable Urban Intervention

The ritual art of offerings as part of religious procession has been inherent in many traditional cultures since time immemorial. This form of ceremony is apparently still practiced in contemporary times and one of the places that are heavily laden with this form of offerings to the Gods is on the paradise island of Bali, Indonesia. Their livelihood is ingrained with this ritual from the day of their birth until the day of their cremation. Since this ritual is part of the culture, which in turn shaped the built environment, therefore, it becomes the primary concern of this design to explore their significant attributes so that it can be used to generate alternative solutions in modeling sustainable and livable communities for the future. The site for the proposed urban design intervention exercise will be on an empty land of more than 400 acres to be developed in supporting a community of 20,000 people on the island of Serangan, supposedly to be the miniature of Bali and the home to the second holiest temple that is the Pura Sakenan. 

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