The invitation for Bert de Muynck | MovingCities to come to Jakarta was made possible by the Indonesian Institute of Architects (IAI). Next to visiting some of the entries for this years’ IAI Awards 2008, and being part of the jury, two lectures were given.
The first lecture (October 8, 2008) took place at Gedung Dua8, a cultural and community center in Kemang, South Jakarta. Based on the lecture’s title, ‘Get Lost in Ordos’, it was not unsurprising that the evening was centered around the experience of 3 architects involved in the ORDOS100-project. After I gave a talk about our experience and analysis as ‘ORDOS100 Embedded Architects’, the two Indonesian architectural offices participating in this project each got the floor to present their designs. Glenn Hajadi presented the design of Zenin Adrian Design Lab, while Adi Purnomo | mamostudio presented his villa.
The second lecture (October 14, 2008) was held at the Faculty of Engineering and Planning of Jakarta’s Trisakti University. Both lectures has been organized by Danny Wicaksono, editor-in-chief of JongARSITEK!.
Every three years, the Indonesian Institute of Architects (IAI) gives its Architecture Awards to best projects build in the past years. The announcement of this editions’ winners will be announced next month, so I can’t really tell anything about the decisions made and the discussions raised. The head of this years’ committee was Andra Matin (Wallpaper published his work in their Architects Directory 2007) and consisted out of Budi Lim, Eko Prawoto, Sonny Sutanto and Dr. Johannes Widodo.
In the coming period I will post more about the architectural and research work undertaken by the members of the jury. As for now, a small insight in the work of Indonesian artist-architect Eko Prawoto.
Eko Prawoto is based in Jogjakarta and his work has been described as “a remarkable example of a new generation of architects living in the developing countries who struggle daily to improve the living conditions of the common people.” (see Eko Prawoto on Arte All’Arte-website). One remarkable example of this are the wooden structures he build one week after the big earthquake disaster in Yogyakarta (May 2006). Eko worked in a project that oversaw the reconstruction of the houses, working together with homeless survivors. An article called “Indonesian architect works with quake victims to build temblor-proof homes” explains the reason why he chooses for wooden structures, leading to houses estimated to cost 10 million rupiah (US$1,060), in this context:
The 6.3-magnitude temblor killed 5,800 people, injured up to 40,000 people and destroyed or damaged almost 600,000 houses in the heavily-populated area, which like much of Indonesia faces a constant risk of serious earthquakes. (…) Many of the houses that were damaged or flattened were built of brick and concrete and featured little reinforcement to resist the shockwaves of the quake, Prawoto says. (…) “It’s a wooden structure — which is elastic — and absorbs shocks … During an earthquake, you have pushing and pulling forces. Each junction should resist these kind of forces,” he said.
More insight in the work of Eko Prawoto can be found in the following articles:
Pictures by Bert de Muynck | movingcities.org