Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Pena Akhir Pekan Vol 1.1 & 1.2 - Reka Batas Ruang

Pena Akhir Pekan @ ngePAP
Date: Friday, 29 July 2011
Time: 16:00 - 18:00 WIB (Session 1.1), 19:00 - 21:00 WIB (Session 1.2)
Venue: Tobucil, Jl. Aceh No. 56, Bandung 40113

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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Regeneration of Decaying Urban Place - Final Presentation

The state of urban and architectural decay of the site has always been a classic case in most urban centers of Asian cities. The center of a city usually always displays urban decays, because development is concentrated too much in these areas. Seeing this almost ubiquitous phenomenon, radical examination and re-assessment on all the planning and design principles that we have used until now is needed. However, there will be no single and definite answer to how city planning for the future should be, but there will only be many options that must be carefully selected before being implemented in each different context of a place. Many urban places in Bandung have experienced unprecedented growth, urban growth and radical changes in recent years. In the process, much of the traditional urban areas have been either damaged, destroyed or badly mutilated, with policy makers often arguing that conserving these areas as being a luxury, which emerging economies can ill afford during the early stages of their development. This is what exactly had happened, and will continue to happen to the downtown area of Jalan Jenderal Sudirman and its surroundings. Once was one of the most important district in Bandung, with all of its potential and rich tissue of urban components, the area is being left to suffer decay and lack of attention, both from policy makers and those involved in the industry of built environment.

Another critical problem that need to be addressed and responded in this thesis is on the issue of planning and zoning. In general terms, rapid changes never happened in an orderly manner. The traditional planning policies and approaches that we have been using over the years failed to accommodate these chaotic and fast changes, while strict planning regulation are not flexible and will only result in stagnant urban condition. Changes and transformation occurs all the time and have been an integral part of the planning process. In this case, the ability to change and adapt is essential to any plans. This ability to adapt is the target of this thesis, challenging single usage zoning, as being practiced now to be replaced. Adoption of modern planning approaches, as those practiced in western cities has done more damage to urban life, as we can witness at the site today. Thus, from all these criticisms, the big issue that will act as the main framework of this thesis is the question of action – Jalan Jenderal Sudirman – quo vadis? 

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Tektonika UI

Third Prize Winner for RSPUI Envelope/ Facade Design Competition, Kampus UI Depok 
Design Team: Rampakasli

Friday, 8 July 2011

ITB Tekno 2011 Exhibition

Art direction and graphic design: Hafiz Amirrol and Rampakasli
Content research and development: Ishma Soepriadi
Exhibition information: Pameran Hasil Penelitian ITB 2011
All research and designs are copyright of respective authors and SAPPK ITB. All rights reserved

Pusat Kesehatan Masyarakat Desa Awa'ai, Nias, Indonesia

Architectural design and planning: Norazam Abu Samah, Fairus Salehen, Hafiz Amirrol
Structural design: Ir. Razali Idris
Funding: MERCY Malaysia
Construction: Kamaruddin Ibrahim and local community of Desa Awa'ai

Monday, 4 July 2011

Risk Reduction Tectonics - Installation at Datum:KL 2011 Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival

Despite the current brouhaha over problems of natural disaster, man-made disaster, calamity, and so on, the issue of sustainability is not just limited to matters of planning, design and technology. Our experiences in disaster response and recovery activities for the past 10 years assert that the core component in ensuring sustainability, whether in terms of physical or non-physical aspects is the people. In the last decade, the world has witnessed a multitude of natural disaster ranging from the great tsunami of 2004 to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  Relief efforts from international agencies have contributed in improving the lives of the disaster victims.

As a medical relief organization, MERCY Malaysia had to widen its areas of expertise within a short period of time. Most of the time, we know little about what to expect, but with the support of volunteers of a multi-faceted background, MERCY Malaysia finally managed to gather most of the required professionals to start its rebuilding and reconstruction projects. With the inception of its Technical Team in 2005, MERCY Malaysia is committed to analyze, research and propose effective means of disaster management by approaching each of our reconstruction projects carefully. This commitment include proposing projects and programs which promotes community participation and enabling them to protect themselves against disaster, which is also known as Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM). Other important aspect in approaching each works are by trying to achieve an understanding for the public and end users in becoming a prepared and responsive community through comparative studies of the effectiveness of processes, guidelines, policies and concepts.

For Datum:KL 2011, we are happy to share with the public our experiences and approaches in some of our disaster response and recovery activities. The commitment from our professional team members that comprise a number of volunteering architects, engineers, surveyors and many others that are involved in the built environment industry and practices have created a solid network that is always ready to contribute in the processes of total disaster risk management.  
Installation design and text by Norazam Abu Samah, Fairus Salehen and Hafiz Amirrol
Construction by Kamaruddin Ibrahim
Photo courtesy of Datum:KL 2011

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Pleasures of the City

King’s Cross in London, Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur, and Saritem in Bandung are three well-known ‘paradise’ for those hunting for sex services. But what this presentation is more interested in these places are not because they are red light districts of each city, but what do they offer in terms of spectacle of the everyday life, and what pleasures, apart from sexual, that can we experience from these three places?

Contemporary city life is punctuated with confetti-like events and random situations. From an old tourist nervously wandering around with local pimps in Saritem looking for hookers, to a group of gangsters walking through a dark tunnel beating up some guy (remember Alex and his gang in ‘A Clockwork Orange’?), to street vendors selling cheap smuggled kretek at Pasar Chow Kit, city spectacles and everyday actions are a fundamental part of society’s construction.

This presentation has neither specific objectives nor structure. It is just an attempt to share and reveal the latent pleasurable qualities that are offered by city life within places that are ‘notorious’, ‘dirty’, ‘decaying’ and so on. It is part fiction/ non-fiction narrative of the everyday mental mapping of positive and negative occurrences and their spatial associations with visual, signs, sounds and other human senses that leads to the application of 'shock doctrine' to the mind. It is an act of ‘stammering’ around the city, trying to ghostwrite their story invisibly, but invaluably.

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*Thanks to David Hutama for introducing the idea of 'shock doctrine' to the presentation.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Diskusi 'I am Always Stammering!' Vol.2 - To Be Great (Ghost) Writers

Diskusi 'I am Always Stammering!' Vol. 2 - To Be Great (Ghost) Writers
Kumiko Homma
Avianti Armand
Asti Goenawan
Hafiz Amirrol
Achmad Tardiyana

Date: Saturday, 2 July 2011
Time: 19:00 - 22:00 WIB
Venue: Rumah Baca, Jalan Mars Dirgahayu, Cukang Kawung, Bandung, Indonesia
Free and open to public