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Students work in Architectural Design

Last semester I taught Architectural design, Housing and Settlement, and also supervised some final projects. I am quite satisfied with the students results, especially in Architectural Design. In last semester, the project was cafe house, a 3-storey building, with cafe at ground floor, and living area in 1st and 2nd floor. My students came up with different concepts and idea. Some with green design principle, others with modern tropical concept.

Have a look at the results, enjoy !

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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Campus Life

 

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Deutschland wieder

Finally, almost end of the year and I got a chance again to visit Germany. The procedure was quite fast, from visa application, paper sending, and yes this time I got about 11 days visa, though I only used 9 days in Germany.

This time I applied from Honorer Consul of Deutschland in Surabaya. Thus I didn’t have to go to Jakarta. The process was quite easy, but some documents have to be provided. Those are: invitation letter, health insurance, flight booking, assignment letter, salary info. My visa application process was smooth since I am a DAAD alumna and I have been to Deutschland for the past 3 years.

The seminar was in Koeln, a beautiful city famous for its cathedral and also Bonn. It is a seminar for planning specially regarding disaster mitigation and resilience. The schedule was tough though, from Monday to Friday, at 09 am in the morning, till 18.00 in the afternoon continued by dinner in the evening. So there was no time for roaming around until Thursday and Friday where they finished earlier and did not arrange dinner for the participants.

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The Koeln Kathedral

The seminar was held by TH Koeln and UN University Bonn with 19 participants from Indonesia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Uganda and keynote experts from Germany, Srilanka and Indonesia. I met new friends and was nice to meet them all though only for one week. Still, we have our assignment – a collaboration paper of participants, hence I will keep in touch with some of them.

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Final day seminar at UN University Bonn

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2015 in Campus Life, TRAVEL

 

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Happy is when I see my students happy

In early of July, my second generation students (2011 batch) had their final projects defense. All of them passed the defense, and now they are ‘officially’ architect.
I still remember the first day I taught their batch, there were 20 of them. Unfortunately, some of them did not continue the study, some were still in 7th semester, and one is having difficulty with my subject: Architectural Design Studio 3. Thus, only 10 students attended the defense this month.

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Architecture Uwika Students 2011 batch presenting their projects

During this holiday, I pondered into how teacher or I would say as lecturer can influence students a lot. It must be not a coincidence that God has put me into teacher and lecturer. I think by being a lecturer, it means more than just lecturing in class or studio. Lecturers or teachers should also be parents, friends, brothers and sisters to students (lessons learned from “Teacher’s Diary”), which means, when your students are success, you also have their success. When they are happy, you will receive your happiness more than you can imagine.
I think that not any students want to fail any classes. I do understand that they want to pass every exam, but still they need to put effort on it. My duty is how to make my students put their utmost effort, with their whole passion to achieve something they could not see now until they reach the future.

To all my students, keep your courage and endurance. University is just a probation period. The real world outside is waiting. As for me, I definitely want to see you all graduate.

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Congratulations to you all students

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in Campus Life

 

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Keep calm and enjoy study in Bali – Day 01

Finally, this year, my students had another excursion. This time we went to Bali, island of paradise in Indonesia. The study tour or the excursion was held from 4-8 May, but the real tour only took 3 days. The rest was the time needed for transportation using bus.

The first place we visit is Panglipuran Village. It is a preserved village for tourism. The village is maintained for its local houses, daily activities, spiritual ceremony, etc. It has been developed as tourism place since 2012. You can feel the spirit of the place, just by looking the surrounding, the smell of offerings, and the silence.

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Panglipuran Village

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Traditional bali house

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Architectural students Uwika in Panglipuran

On day 01, the study also visited Taman Nusa. It is a place to see all models of traditional houses of Indonesia. Indonesia which comprises of more than 17,000 islands has 34 provinces. Each province has its own traditional houses.

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Inside Taman Nusa, we can also see beautiful view of rice fields and terraces. Also, there are historical story of Indonesia. What we found which seemed to be funny was the replica of Borobudur. The real Borobudur is in Yogyakarta. Of course, the size was smaller, and the feeling to see it was different.

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Rice field terraces

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Borobudur model

Here are some of the traditional houses available:
1. Honai, traditonal house of Papua

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2. Dalam Loka Sumawa, traditional house of Sasak, Nusa Tenggara Barat.

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3. Traditional house of Sulawesi Tengah

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And many more..

Overall, me and my students gained new knowledge about genius loci. It is our local culture who brought the spirit and richness of a place. The culture and tradition which are out of our concerns, need to be preserved. Local materials and characters will build local genius and give values to what we have in our built environment.

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Wayang golek inside museum in Taman Nusa

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Campus Life, TRAVEL

 

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A Glance of Architectural Exhibition : How did Architects respond immediately after 3/11?

Just recently, from January 27th to  February 5th, I visited am architectural exhibition with my colleagues. The exhibition theme is: How did Architects respond immediately after 3/11-the greatest East Japan Earthquake ?

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Poster displays

There were some case studies on posters and models displayed in the exhibition area. Some interesting objects which we saw namely: evacuation shelters, housing for all, village recovery planning and common space design.

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Temporary housing in Miyagi Prefecture

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Evacuation shelter from cardbox

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Restoration plans by young architects

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Container temporary housingbin Onagawa

All designs were results from immediate responds of architects for the tsunami 3/11 affected area, especially from the Japanese architects like Shigeru Ban, Toyo Ito, Young Architects and etc. They observed what people need and put their utmost efforts to help people in need. This is such a great efforts I learned, that in total despair, people should help each other. I amazed of how these architects worked and how they could implement their designs and plans. For me, this is the most important part, where plans are not just a plan, but plans which turned into reality.

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Participation planning

As an architect also, I would like to reiterate that we must design and plan considering the people. Architecture is not only about buildings, but it is the people who brings energy to what we as architects create and called as an architecture.

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING, Campus Life

 

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Stories behind last social action internship

Last week I just came from a 3 days 2 nights activities in a remote area called Sugeng Village in Trawas, Mojokerto. All of university students who have already applied for that pprogram are obliged to apply their knowledge, to bring improvement to the way people live, thus in the end, improve their quality of live. As a lecturer, I was assigned to supervise the students mostly from Chinese Language Department in my university. We had a teaching program for kids in elementary and playground levels.

The village is about 3 km from main street. It has a beautiful scenic vista view of a mountain, a river, and a valley. All are beautiful, wonderfully set by God. The residents were mostly labours from nearby factory. Schools available are only elementary schools and kindergarten. For higher level of education, they have to go further outside their village.

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Entry and exit road to the village

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A vista to mountain

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River Stream of Sugeng Village

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River stream in the opposite direction

The children were taught by my university’s students for 3 days. There were 2 groups for the elementary school. One taught English, and the rest taught Chinese. The students practised their skills in teaching. Basic greetings, numbers, and colors were given to them. In my opinion, little children can learn much more easier than adults. And true, when they were given quizes and questions, some of them were really good.

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Students together at school yard

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Working groups students

My reflection from this place, from the humbleness of people, I learned about live simple. Live with only nature surrounds you. Nice to breath the fresh air, eat from your own crop productions, with your cattles and pets. This is so lovely for old days. I hope that this people can maintain their village and neighborhoods. Technology came in should be used to make life easier, that’s why people need to be aware. Otherwise, such technology would only be a big disaster for their future generations.

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Motivation board at school

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Campus Life, TRAVEL

 

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Selamat Pagi Indonesia

Today was so much fun. All of university lecturers and employees went out of town to Kampong Success in Batu, East Java. The place consists of three parts: kampong kids, kampong teenagers, and kampong success.

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Kampong Success

The place is well managed by ex high school students of Selamat Pagi Indonesia. They are trained well to serve the guests and to held events and games. They even sell their own products as merchandise and gifts.

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Windmill flowers

The place was nice, surrounded by mountain, paddy fields, parks full of flowers or usefull veggies.

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Flowers in pots

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Purple flowers field

We had some games: make the longest line, shoot and fire with watergun, walk on bamboo line, collecting pieces of leaves, rocks, ants, garbage, even ants, moving water into another container and flying fox.
Today, the vice of the school made a motivational speech. If you want your life to be remarkable, then use your time remarkably as if compared to others life. This was good, make me pondering about my own life.

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The university team

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2014 in Campus Life, TRAVEL

 

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