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Green Building Council Indonesia

The awareness of always keeping a sustainable approach in architecture has been a growing concern in the last couple of decades. Architects now not only try to maintain their ability in meeting the client’s nee but also in maximizing the possibilities and potentials of the local site where their building or space will be create.

However, in order to achieve such ‘green’ architecture’ culture, architects will need some set of guidance of how to meet the local’s environment requirements. Lucky, now such thing is taken care of by a non-profit, independent (not owned by the local government) organization called the Green Building Council Indonesia.

This local organization, which is established recently in 2009, in ’emerging member’ of the central organization known as the ‘World Green Building Council’ which is located in Toronto, Canada. The GBCI is intended to work together with the construction firms, property sellers, the government, local schools and institutions, and also the local green communities. Their main project is focused on issuing green certificate approval that is called a ‘GREENSHIP’. They also hold regular dinners, training and also still recruiting staff.

As future architects, it is very useful to be aware of the existence of local building councils, so when it comes to real life designing projects we know where to go to find our standard in making buildings which won’t only accommodate people activity in it, but the ones that can also help in making our beloved country a better, healthier place to live and grow.

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Architecture: a Concern of Beautiful Engineering, or Simply an Expression of Functional Fine Art?

I just went through the new students analysis by the Architecture Department student organization captain and found a statement that there is an unseen ‘gap’ between our department and the rest of the Faculty of Engineering.
This statement poked a part of my brain with a simple question that has been stuck in the back of my head ever since i decided to study architecture:
is it engineering-related, or purely design?
The issue of the rector moving our department to a new arts and culture faculty has also triggered this increasingly curious question.
The question might have been resolved by combining the two sufficiently. Yet, since there is no such basic discipline other than architecture that i know of that can combine the two sides of the brain as amazingly, I guess separating architecture would ideally need a new whole kind of faculty: The Faculty of Architecture.
Because unlike in overseas, developed countries where architecture is regarded as mostly a discipline of designing, Indonesians prefer to take it as engineering or better, a part of landscape or land planning.
Engineering, judging from the workload of our non-architecture fellows in the international program, is the art of applying math into things that helps the human race to improve, grow, and make the most out of the resources, possibilities and energy that is available on our limited humane world. Architecture, is a part of it, only, as our previous Visual Art lecturer used to say: with the soul. There is an unwritten power that architects possess that allow them to put beauty into what used to be only skeleton-like structures and bland cave walls. To achieve calculated visual grace.
Nevertheless, this power can only be achieved with the expertise, and therefore, good acquaintances with engineering brainiacs (especially the civil engineering people).
Then again, such thing can still be achieved without the need to stay in the same faculty and hence experience the collateral damage of studying subjects we would never really need to personally solve like, uhm, Linear Algebra and such.
So, while staying in the Faculty of Engineering can broaden our reach of possible future mathematical concerns and reliable bases,
moving on to the new Faculty of Arts and Culture might gain us the efficiency of exploring more of out of our own and others’ architectural possibilities, letting all the cals and maths be taken care of later by necessary number-related experts.
So, what do you think? Is moving to a new, more relaxed and ‘mind-opening’ faculty will help us improve, or should we stay and work out the balance with what we have evidently surviving with for the last decades of years?

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Architecture is really about creating space. Humans do activities, they have needs and wants. This gives birth to the need of space to accommodate activities to take place. However, space is created through a series of development steps. This is how i perceive those steps:


The first step of creating a space is to find the location, which is where the space is going to be constructed. Usually there are location borders to show the span of the space itself.


The next need for the space will be protection, which is usually represented by walls, to protect from another dangerous living being or danger on the ground. There is also a concept of roofing to protect from the rain and any other possible danger from above.


It will be natural to add doors and also windows so people, natural lighting, and air flow can have some access to the space within the protection boundaries. The roof of the model is also averted to the other side to show that there is also a possible room for creativity and it is possible to find newer, better ways to use the elements of protection in creating a space.


The more advanced, the more needs. A space needs to give a sense of security, both physically and also mentally. The psychological security would be privacy, and hence a series of fences is added to the space borders. The front part is left open to show welcoming approach to the close neighborhood, like the houses in small, traditional villages.


A space can only function as a space when it is able to accommodate the intended activities inside. Activities are done by people inside the space, leaving a trail of memory and therefore life. The space inside the house would be a positive space, where comfort can be achieved.


When all the needs are taken care of, there is a room for wants, including the need to show individuality. Individuality is represented by different colours and also new additional boundaries to create negative space, where activities can be done freely without any directed or intended purposes. Extra fence is also added with a person outside, showing the extra need for privacy in a more technologically advanced society such as in the big cities that we have today.

Hence, space starts with nothingness and ends with the existence of activities, and therefore life, in it. It is very important that the space we create can actually accommodate the intended activities while giving the best possible chance for the user or inhabitants to use it properly, that is, to live in it.

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