Monday, 30 November 2009

The Youth Monument, Bandung

Design proposal by Hafiz Amirrol, Firman Irmansyah, Edy Subangkit and Michael Lengkey for Public Space Design Competition, IAI, 2009.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Evening Video Presentation: Rem Koolhaas

Architect: Rem Koolhaas (OMA)
Date: Friday, 4 December 2009
Time: 1500 WIB
Venue: Galeri Arsitektur, SAPPK, ITB

Guest Lecturer: Achmad Deni Tardiyana

Monday, 23 November 2009

Preserving the Spirit of 'Guyub' in High Density Dwelling

The idea of the massing layout and clusters configurations is to create a spatial quality where high density dwelling can still be appreciated with a decent quality of open and green space. Each layer of the higher units will have access as if they are still at the ground level. This will allow people to meander around the neighborhood without having to feel that they are being separated by the multi-layered building structure, and will also allow a more permeable collective dwelling system.

Simultaneity, continuity and ephemerally characterize the flowing public spaces, therefore is an assemblage of the different dwelling clusters. This strategy is hoped to preserve the spirit of communality, or better known as 'guyub', which have existed in the current collective dwelling lifestyle of the society, even their dwelling units will be transformed almost vertically. 

Design Team:
Hafiz Amirrol and Chichi Asda (Architectural Design)
Chairul Maulidi (Urban Design)
Reagen Mulia (Landscape Design)

Modular Construction for Units' Infill

We are seeing the design of this housing proposal as an ongoing process, not as a finite product designed by the architects. To implement the idea of this ongoing process of development and flexibility of change, the non-structural building skins (exterior and interior) can be easily change by later intervention by the users themselves. Infill panels such as window frames, wall panels, ventilation panels, etc. were designed as modular units, thus allowing them to be altered based on future needs. However, these changes are being limited only within a controlled and allowable perimeter, pre-determined and planned by the architects. This is to control and prevent unwanted growth of the units that may results to structural problems as well as other planning problems such as layout configurations, uniformity and ventilation flow.

Design Team: Hafiz Amirrol and Chichi Asda

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Indonesia - When Escapism and Reductionism Dominates

What happens when escapist and reductionist approaches are being used in seeing and resolving our complex and deep structured problems? This short analysis will try to understand the impact of these phenomena, both in the context of Indonesia's political-economical situation, as well as from the perspective of the research of the built environment.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Industri Dalam - Urban Design Concept

This schematic urban design concepts and guidelines addresses the relation between spatial design strategies and the proposal of developing the surrounding area of Industri Dalam as a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area. This is due to its contextual relation with a nearby train station, market, and public transportation terminal. The issue of TOD and recurring themes of economic development play critical aspect of urbanism for the site as they are reflection for an ever-changing daily life practice of the community.

Urban design concepts and guidelines courtesy from Chairul Maulidi, Urban Design Program, ITB 2009.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Monday, 9 November 2009

Anticipating Future Growth With a Dwelling System That Will Encourage Social Interaction

Existing infrastructural nodes such as water sources, washing facilities and garbage disposal facilities have played important roles in the community’s daily activities. These important dwelling elements will be used as important nodes in the revitalization processes as they had already created important sense of place for the area in terms of practice of everyday life, as well as generator for the place. The marked nodes will be the early point of reference in determining the whole planning configurations.

Alun-alun is one of the most strategic public spaces to encourage social interaction. Currently, there are eight active spots on the site where social activities happen almost on a daily basis. These spots are empty spaces, yards, or extended spaces that belong to some of the most influential figures of the village (the community leader/ RT, the youth leader, a businessman, and the woman who make the best coffee and porridge in the village). These informal gathering spaces are potential nodes for the revitalization development, where these nodes will be retain and upgraded into lively communal spaces. Memory plays an important role in our decision to adapt this strategy, as we believe that the sense of place or genius loci of the site is all about the sense of belonging by the current dwellers. The memory of being together and building the village 20 years ago will always be something that cannot be erased even with a total make over of the area.

The existing flats will be retained and upgraded in terms of its interior units sizes, circulation, openings and shadings, public utilities and appearance. This decision is due to the fact that the flats’ structural conditions are still good. The new houses will be developed in stages, allowing temporary resettlement for the residence during construction phase. The existing unused factory nearby was chosen for this relocation purpose, and will soon be turned into more dwelling units during phase two of the revitalization process. The current spot where small groceries shops are will be developed into a community shops, where residents will not only be able to get their daily needs, but also as an area where they socially blend while doing their routine activities.

The whole new master plan is designed to create permeability for the site. This is again a design strategy to encourage social interaction and networking in creating a dwelling system that care about each other and towards their surrounding environment. The interconnected housing units, infrastructural nodes, communal spaces and access points are also strategies to allow flexible mode of use in anticipating future density growth, economic status and also act as important mitigation plan during the event of disaster. These consolidated urban and housing components are hoped to provide a better living system for the users.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Pecha Kucha Night 7 Bandung

Hafiz Amirrol, together with Edy Subangkit, Firman Irmansyah and Michael Lengkey of Rampakasli will be presenting at the seventh edition of Pecha Kucha Night in Bandung.

Date: Friday, November 6, 2009
Time: 6.00 pm - 11.30 pm
Venue: Gedung Merdeka, Jalan Asia Afrika 65, Bandung, Indonesia

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Industri Dalam - Sketch Idea

Density growth is an issue that cannot be avoided in today’s context of Bandung. The question is - how to avoid unwanted urban sprawl and illegal development that will cause negative cumulative effect due to uncontrolled individual (dwellers) decisions? The proposal here is to design a flexible yet individually unique housing solution that would be able to accommodate densification within a controlled environment. The convolution strategy is hoped to provide an alternative dwelling solution that would resist generic housing development that is often associated with urban sprawl or the typical vertical type dwellings.