“In the future, people must be able to improve the quality of their lives through anextension of their responsibilities, a deepening of affections and hope, in a fashion which, though we can aim at it, we can only dimly perceive. The truth is that we must not despiseor forget basic needs when we have been granted them and others have not. To do so is not only inhuman, it is anti human.” (Lazenby, 1977).
This little fragment of a book – Housing People – has reminded me of the importance of sharing hope and affections for such people long for a decent place for living.
A house should be the most comfort place to live for each owner. It might be comfort for a family who live in, but might be not for others. Each person is unique and having personal needs, preferences, and characters. The only common thing is a house should be the basic need for people. Whether they are rich or poor, young and old, house is a primary thing.
If someone has the capacity to construct a nice, clean house, then perhaps he/she could choose a vacant lot then design the living place according to the needs. Even so, one can hire architects to help owner in realizing their dream. In an instant way, one can select desired houses from real estate or property developer, and this should be done in a careful way. In Indonesia, it is a MUST to buy only houses with clear and valid CERTIFICATE. There are many cases when the property developer ran away after receiving money without fulfilling their promises.
What if no enough money to buy a house? The economic crises, the high inflation, have affected the housing prices. Although there are some micro finance scheme for the payment, there are many people cannot afford to buy a house. Many of them finally squat on vacant lots, riverbanks, under the bridge, railways. Imagine how they would survive in such condition. Their children are going to school, doing homework and school assignment in such living place. The mother cooks, washes laundry, and does all activities in a same area. Even worse, most often there is only one place to sleep for the whole member of the family. Also most likely, they live adjacent to garbage place.
I, myself, have a dream for everyone to be able to live in decent house. How nice if we all can live in a decent place. A place where we can invite friends to come, a place where we can have community activities together, a place where we can also have privacy, a place where we can say my dreamed house become reality. Right now, I am working as an architect, on my way of making other people’s dream came true. I wish all of my design creation will make this city a better place, will make people happier, and wish also someday I could design my own house and make it true in reality.