‘There is no architecture without a concept – an overriding idea, diagram or parti that gives coherence and identity to a building. Concept, not form, is what distinguishes architecture from mere building.’
I would begin the process by identifying the relationship between physical and social structures in selected central and peripheral urban perimeters of Bandung. The selected sites are those that are experiencing urban transformation, and are constantly acting and reacting to its surrounding conditions, be it social, economic or culturally at the architectural, urban or direct scales. By studying organizations and observing the relations and behavior of patterns emerging from their interactions, systematic approaches will be introduced in developing spatial and strategic designs that respond to, activate and enrich the complexity of these conditions. Diagram 2 described the systems approach in devising the perimeter of the research.
At the urban scale, the research will focus on a territory that relates to the chosen urban condition, defining its perimeter, analyze its structure and transform it into a potential urban hub by designing spatial and strategic interventions. Apart from these strategic design operations, the thesis will also focus on the studies on selected leading architects that play important role in the development and progression of architecture and urbanism in the context that is similar to the thesis’ subject of interests.