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Backpacker Hostel in India? Yes, It’s Cheap, Nice, and Safe In One Package! So, I’ve been in India last month (yay!) and yes, there are so many things I would love to write about India, but I think I’ll start with the hostels. Since I was backpacking with a friend and we tried to spend as little as possible, we choose backpacker hostels with dormitory rooms. It’s not difficult to find backpacker hostels in India, especially in cities with high tourism. India has, even more, choices of backpacker hostels than in Indonesia. Both of us slept in six cities in two weeks. We start from Delhi to Agra, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Haridwar and Chennai. Actually, we also went to Rishikesh but we didn’t spend the night because it’s pretty close with Haridwar, so we just decided to sleep there. Well, here’s some of the backpacker hostels we’ve been staying on a very-nice-Indian-trip: 1. Backpacker Panda, New Delhi (http://www.booking.com/hotel/in/backpacker-panda.en-gb.html?aid=304142;label=gen173nr1DCAEoggJCAlhYSDNiBW5vcmVmaGiIAQGYAS7CAQp3aW5kb3dzIDEwyAEM2AED6AEBkgIBeagCAw;sid=7ef98d91d8af32c027c322e129cefe72) Since this is our first stop in India, we get a little bit nervous, but fortunately, even the distance from the airport is quite far, we’re able to find this place easily. It’s located in Paharganj, a very strategic place especially for backpackers because it’s close to markets, restaurants, Ramakrishna Ashram Marg Metro Station and New Delhi Railway Station. Also, this district is like backpackers area, there are so many hotels and tourists all the time.The staffs do speak English well, nice and friendly. The payment is actually very flexible, Visa and MasterCard are accepted and you can always pay when you get there. But because I was booking for 3 nights in a row, they asked me to pay online first, just to make sure that I didn’t cancel in the last minute.The room, as you can see, okay. The bed, the pillow, the sheets and the blanket are clean and comfortable. No carpet on the floor, but that’s okay. There’s locker under the bed and you can have them locked, so that’s a relieve. But, what I don’t quite like about this place is the bathroom, which is actually the most important part. The bathroom is dirty and they only clean it once in the morning. Also, there’s this one time, the staff gives the bed that was used by my friend to another new guest who checked in a day after us. So when we got back to the hotel that night, we found that guest bags and other stuff on my friend’s bed. That’s pretty annoying. Anyway, the place is good enough overall. The fact that I only have to pay approximately IDR 93.000 (INR 449) for each person per night, is really nice because it’s cheap!



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– Cleanliness: 8.5 – Comfort: 8 – Location: 8 – Facilities: 8.5 – Staff: 9 – Free Wifi: 8.5 3. Backpacker Panda Emerald, Jaipur (http://www.booking.com/hotel/in/hostel-backpacker-panda.en-gb.html?aid=304142;label=gen173nr1DCAEoggJCAlhYSDNiBW5vcmVmaGiIAQGYAS7CAQp3aW5kb3dzIDEwyAEM2AED6AEBkgIBeagCAw;sid=7ef98d91d8af32c027c322e129cefe72) Before I write anything about this hotel, I’m gonna say my subjective-honest-opinion, this one is the most comfortable one! Because the room has a carpet on it (totally love it) and the bathroom is super clean with its marble floor. Also, there’s a big mirror for the guests which I didn’t find often in other hostels.The room, of course, clean and comfy. It contains 8 beds, but hey it’s big enough. There are rooms for everyone. The staff is very cooperative and helpful, even better than in New Delhi. The location is quite strategic, close to the railway station, markets, and some restaurants. Also, this hostel serves a very nice breakfast. Well, actually it’s just a normal american breakfast, but normal sounds pretty good back then. Oh, and by the way, they also have a lift and two common rooms. I only have to pay IDR 72.307 (INR 349) for each person per night, super cheap and yet this is the best one.

– Cleanliness: 9 – Comfort: 9 – Location: 8.5 – Facilities: 9 – Staff: 9 – Free Wifi: 9 4. HosteLaVie, Jodhpur (http://www.booking.com/hotel/in/hostelavie-jodhpur.en-gb.html?aid=304142;label=gen173nr1DCAEoggJCAlhYSDNiBW5vcmVmaGiIAQGYAS7CAQp3aW5kb3dzIDEwyAEM2AED6AEBkgIBeagCAw;sid=7ef98d91d8af32c027c322e129cefe72) The hostel in Jaipur may be the comfy one for me, but this one is my favorite. Well, as you can see, the room is pink and no carpet on the floor, but that’s totally cool. It’s clean and contains only 4 beds, so yeah, more private. The only problem is that the electricity goes out almost all the time in Jodhpur. They say it’s the common thing that happens every day there. Fortunately, since it’s raining a lot, the weather is quite chilly.I’m gonna say this hostel has very good facilities, especially the restaurants and the common room. I mean that’s important for hostels. Backpackers love to hang out, meet other travelers, and just spend time with strangers, talking without having to know each other’s name. This place accommodates that. The view from their rooftop restaurants is exquisite and they serve very delicious pancakes and lassi (extremely fave one!). The common room has some games like chess and Jenga (had fun with that one!). There’s also a bookshelf, where anyone can read and exchange books, take one give one, or you can just sit around reading anything. They charge IDR 111.673 (INR 539) for each person per night, including breakfast.



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picture: booking.com (//booking.com) – Cleanliness: 8.5 – Comfort: 8.5 – Location: 9 – Facilities: 8.5 – Staff: 9 – Free Wifi: 9 6. Elements Hostel, Chennai (http://www.booking.com/hotel/in/elements-hostel-chennai.en-gb.html?aid=304142;label=gen173nr1DCAEoggJCAlhYSDNiBW5vcmVmaGiIAQGYAS7CAQp3aW5kb3dzIDEwyAEM2AED6AEBkgIBeagCAw;sid=7ef98d91d8af32c027c322e129cefe72;checkin=2017-0506;checkout=2017-0507;ucfs=1;soh=1;highlighted_blocks=;all_sr_blocks=;room1=A%2CA;soldout=0%2C0;hpos=1;dest_type=city;dest_id=-2103041;srfid=9ebe0617d23c7cd7fe38ed5cd4feff0f29c 87224X1;from=searchresults;highlight_room=#hotelTmpl) This is the last stop of our trip (sadly). Chennai is miles away from those cities we visited before. Still got no idea why my friend took us there, but I enjoy it well. So this hostel is actually good. It’s more like a guest house, I’d say. Because it’s literally in the middle of the housing area and the building is two storey house. So, if you like the homey ambience, this one is good. The staffs are also very friendly and helpful. Once, I asked them how to get here and there and he writes me a note, explaining the route and buses that I should take (a very helpful note indeed!).We actually booked for the dorm room, but when we get there, the room is not so comfortable, the air flow and the crowd. So, we decide to change into a private room with double bed. It’s clean and comfortable, the bathroom is old but clean. I guess the only thing missing is that this place only serve Indian food and their rooftop restaurant is not always open (actually I’m not quite sure when the restaurant ever open). But you can still use the rooftop area for hanging out. The location is good and safe, no high traffic since it’s inside the housing area. I forget how much they charge me since I change room and all, but I think it’s around IDR 150.000 (INR 700) for each person per night.



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package/attachment/53910496/) picture: booking.com (//booking.com) – Cleanliness: 8.5 – Comfort: 8.5 – Location: 8.5 – Facilities: 8 – Staff: 8.5 – Free Wifi: 8 That’s it. I’m never good at making a review, but here I tried my best. So, if you’re gonna travel to India, backpacking is the most convenient way I guess. Because it is cheap, saves you a lot of money, and yet the quality of backpacker hostel here is good and safe. Also, it’s very easy to book, I book all of them in booking.com (http://www.booking.com) except for Element Hostel, I have to book in hostelworld (http://www.hostelworld.com/). NB: all fish eye pictures are taken by my friend.

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Dilema Hidup Arsitek Part 1: Fresh Graduated. Saya termasuk orang yang bersyukur karena menjalani profesi yang saya cintai, menjadi arsitek. Tapi layaknya kita mencintai, bukan berarti kita tidak menemui jenuh, stuck, lelah dan kemudian bangkit lagi, suka lagi, senang lagi, semangat lagi dan jatuh cinta lagi. Mungkin itulah kenapa saya ingin menyebutnya dilema. Kadang cinta, kadang jenuh. Kadang suka, kadang benci. Kadang semangat, kadang layu. Akhir-akhir ini dunia arsitektur saya lebih banyak mengandung dilema. Mungkin karena fase sebagai fresh graduated adalah fase mencari jodoh, jodoh dalam berkarya. Karena arsitektur menurut Rasmussen adalah karya seni yang meruang dan berfungsi, maka ya.. susah untuk menemukan jodoh dalam berkarya. Biro arsitektur memiliki berbagai macam gaya, bentuk dan aliran. Saya sendiri akhirnya membedakan biro-biro ini menjadi dua macam. Yang pertama, ada biro-biro yang saya sebut berbentuk seperti studio, ya studio seni, tempat eksplorasi desain tumpah ruah, tempat banyak bentuk seni yang dapat diaplikasikan dalam ranah arsitektur. Biro-biro seperti ini biasanya mengerjakan proyek-proyek residensial atau yang sudah cukup besar akan merambah proyek-proyek komersil seperti hotel boutique, hotel budget, caffe, galeri, dll. Selain itu mereka juga akan sering mengikuti berbagai macam eksibisi arsitektur, menyiapkan display entah dalam bentuk maket atau instalasi. Sayembara juga tidak asing menjadi bagian dari proyek mereka. Lalu ada lagi jenis lain dari biro arsitektur yaitu biro yang sudah menjadi ‘kantor’ arsitektur. Saya kurang paham bagaimana istilah resminya, tapi kantor arsitektur ini tidak lagi berbentuk studio, eksplorasi desain tidak se-tumpah ruah seperti di studio dan banyak sekali batasan. Ya, karena proyek-proyek yang mereka kerjakan sudah berbentuk high rise, mixed-used, resort, bangunan-bangunan khusus seperti terminal dan stasiun. Kantor ini juga sangat mengutamakan jabatan, jenjang karir, sistem struktural dalam proyek dan hal-hal teknis bangunan. Sayembara tidak terlalu sering hadir dalam daftar proyek-proyek mereka. Eksibisi juga hampir jarang mereka ikuti. Sebelum lulus kuliah, saya memutuskan untuk magang di biro arsitektur yang tergolong dalam jenis yang pertama. Studio arsitektur. Menyenangkan, sekalipun lembur setiap malam-pulang subuh-masuk pagi-tidur jarang tidak pernah dibayar. Menyenangkan sekalipun isi kantong tidak pernah tebal karena nafsu desain terpuaskan. Menyenangkan karena otak tidak pernah karatan dengan banyaknya sayembara yang digunakan sebagai media mengasah, sekalipun tubuh lelah dan kantong mata tebal. Tidak terlalu masalah jenjang karir, karena prinsipal yanghumble dan semua memiliki kesempatan desain yang sama.

Lalu dengan alasan tidak ingin kembali pada zona nyaman, saya pun memutuskan untuk bekerja tidak lagi pada jenis biro arsitektur yang berbentuk studio, melainkan pada jenis biro arsitektur yang kedua, yaitu ‘kantor’ arsitektur. Mau tahu apa yang pasti berbeda? Taraf hidup. Lembur yang dibayar, jam kerja yang lebih teratur, asuransi, dan salary. Saya pun mulai berusaha mempelajari dan mengikuti ritme kantor itu, hingga saat ini sudah 6 bulan berlalu. Apakah lebih ringan? Secara jasmani iya, karena di sini tidak banyak lembur, hampir tidak pernah kami harus tidur di kantor karena lembur yang disambung meeting pagi harinya. Secara tanggung jawab, tidak juga, malah lebih berat. Proyek-proyek highrise dan mixed-used akan selalu bertatapan langsung dengan perda-perda, standar teknis, kemauan owner dan konsultan-konsultan lain yang terlibat. Di sinilah dimana eksplorasi desain akan menemui banyak batasan, yang aneh (tapi masih sering dilakukan) membuat adanya akal-akalan untuk melakukan sedikit pelanggaran-pelanggaran. Contohnya? Contohnya abaikan GSB demi jumlah unit yang lebih banyak, nanti kalau sudah bikin dokumen permit baru dibuat versi yang tidak melanggar GSB. HAHAHA, itu hanya salah satu contoh lho. Dan, tipe-tipe kantor ini jelas project oriented and money oriented. Kalau kamu tertarik sama isuisu sosial, memiliki tugas akhir menyelamatkan kampung yang terancam digusur, menyukai proyek-proyek arsitektur yang mengutamakan human value, dan menikmati aspek-aspek beyond architecture seperti diskusi, eksibisi dan sayembara, siap-siap kecewa. Karena saya sudah kecewa. Bukan saya nggak suka ya sama perancangan proyek-proyek high rise danmixed-used, saya menikmati sekali kok. Saya nggak membedakan jenis bangunan, apapun yang memiliki proses desain di dalamnya saya pasti suka. Yang ternyata membuat saya kecewa ya approach-nya, sistem bekerjanya, akal-akalannya dan kesadaran (baru sadar!) bahwa proyek-proyek ini hanyalah media untuk meng-kaya-kan orang yang sudah kaya. Kesadaran ini juga yang membuat saya melihat arsitektur di Indonesia masih milik orang-orang atas. Bahkan menengah saja masih jarang sebagai pembeli, menengah lebih banyak sebagai produsen, yang menjadi arsiteknya atau mungkin yang menjadi tukang gambarnya (aduh!).

Nyatanya salary mungkin cukup tinggi, tapi toh ketentraman tidak lantas datang seiring dengan jumlah angka di buku tabungan. Saya juga belum tahu bagaimana nanti kalau ketentraman didapat tapi kantong tak kunjung tebal (HAHAHA). Seandainya saya tidak menyadari dilema ini, mungkin saya akan tentram-tentram saja dan tidak uring-uringan sendiri. Masalahnya saya sadar…. Jakarta, 3/9/2016 By feliceatmadja in Uncategorized | September 3, 2016 | 727 Words | 3 Comments

Drowning into a book of Peter Zumthor titled Atmospheres

Last week, I just finished a book of architecture that (actually) nice and easy to read. It’s not too long, not too complicated and not just talking about someone’s works like reading a portfolio. It’s a book of Peter Zumthor, a Swiss Architect, titled Atmospheres. This book is reprinted from the lecture delivered by Zumthor on 1 June 2013 on the occasion of a Festival of Literature and Music in Germany. It’s divided into 9 short chapters with 3 more appendix. These 9 short chapters are the answers of a question he throws at the opening of the book. “What do we mean when we speak of architecture quality?” and he gives a simple answer like this, “Quality architecture to me is when a building manages to move me.” that absolutely leads to another question, “Can I achieve that – as an architect – an atmosphere like that, its intensity, its mood. And if so, how do I go about it?” Now I begin to read all the answers one by one. 1. The Body of Architecture This is a very short chapter where he explains architecture as an anatomy of the body, literally, like our own body. That we can see and touch. So when we build something, many materials will present themself in the body of the building. “..the first and the greatest secret of architecture, that it collects different things in the world, different materials, and combines them to create a space like this.” 2. Material Compatibility Now this chapter is important! At least for me – the fact that I know for sure my weakness after all the time studying and doing architecture works – materials knowledge! Then Zumthor talk about it simply, easily and voila that’s how it works.Giving an example about how stone can be done by so many different methods and will give so many different outcomes, he explains that there are a thousand different possibilities in one material alone. The way he talks about the joy he got when he discovered how mysterious the way materials work in a building, the more I want to do it myself, getting deeper in the materials knowledge.“There’s a critical proximity between materials and its weight. You can combine different materials in a building, and there’s a certain point where you’ll find they’re too far away from each other to react, and there’s a point too where they’re too close together and that kills them.” 3. The Sound of A Space What he means by the sound of a space is actually how the interiors of the building. Poetic-choice-of-a-word, the hightlight of the book! You will discover how poetic he talks about architecture.“Interiors are like large instruments, collecting sound, amplifying it, transmitting it elsewhere.” So… yes when it has to do with the shape, the surface of the materials, and the way those materials applied. Like what you choose for the floor will be match with what you choose for the wall. They associates. He describes it like this, “..what always comes first to my mind are the sounds when I was a boy, the noises my mother made in the kitchen. They made me feel happy.” Then he also makes me imagine how if the room has nothing in it, nothing to touch, and the question arises, “Does the building still have a sound?” 4. The Temperature of A Space In this very short chapter, Zumthor talks about how he believes that every building has a certain temperature. “So temperature in this sense is physical, but presumably psychological too. It’s in what I see, what I feel, what I touch, even with my feet.” 5. Surrounding Objects Here he talks about the things that exist in a room of one building, things that kept by people who live there. The way they keep those things make them come together in a very caring, loving way and that there’s a deep relationship between those things and the people who live there. He makes me wonder wheter our jobdesk as an architect is to create a receptacle to house objects. We have to have some concious that the building that we design will have a future without us. Can it really be a home for people who’ll have the future with it? 6. Between Composure and Seduction This chapter has to do with how architecture involves movement. To put it simplier, for me at least, he’s talking about how we made the corridors, the gang way, the path way, and all the circulation of a building. That also have a lot to do with how we do the lighting, to give people the feeling of not being directed but can stroll at will. “..Direction, seduction, letting go, granting freedom. There are practical situations where it is more sensible and far clever to induce a calming effect to introduce a certain composure rather than having people running around and looking for the right door.” 7. Tension Between Interior and Exterior Architecture takes a bit of a globe and constructs a tiny box of it. And suddenly there’s an interior and an exterior. One can be inside or outside. Then it applies on how we make a facade of a building that present something to the outside. As a face. And as a face, it doesn’t show everything on the inside. Same goes with how we apply a zoning in a building, where’s the public area and where’s the private area. “And whenever I’m doing a building, I always imagine in it those terms: what do I want to see – me or someone else using the building later – when I am inside? And what do I want other people to see of me? And what sort of statement I want to make publicly?”

8. Levels of Intimacy The intimacy that Zumthor refers to is about a distance, proximity, size, dimension, scale and contrast of the building mass and the human. He talks easily about how we ‘fit’ the size of the building with everything (example: the height of a door, the thickness of a wall) inside it towards human scale. 9. The Light on Things Here is my favorite chapter. Zumthor use gold color for an example of how light works. “..gold seems to have the capacity to pick up even the smallest quantities of light and reflect them in the darkness.” Fascinating. Then he said something – that reminds me of how I usually did it wrong when I was designing – that obviously we don’t build something then phone up the electricians when we’re finished and start asking ourselves, where to put the lighting. I didn’t always give so much attention for the lighting when I start to design, which now I realise that I should be! “We factor that in from the beginning. So the first of my favourite ideas is this: to plan the building as a pure mass of shadow then, afterwards, to put in light as if you were hollowing out the darkness, as id the light were a new mass seeping in.” Also, we all know how the natural lighting from sun shine is unbeatable. Zumthor poeticly talks about daylight that gives him spiritual quality, that moves him, the atmosphere. “I don’t understand light. It gives me the feeling there’s something beyond me, something beyond all understanding.” After that 9 chapters, Zumthor still thinks that they’re not enough to fully answer the question he threw at the beginning. Hence, there’s 3 more appendix for the epilogue. 1.Architecture as Surroundings “Just the idea of these things still being there – there are plenty of buildings like that I remember – not done by me, but which have touched me, moved me, given me a sense of relieved or helped me in some way. It increases the pleasure of my work when I imagine a certain building being remembered by someone in 25 years time. Perhaps because that was where he kissed his first gilrfriend or whatever. To put it in a perspective: that quality is far more important to me than the idea that the building will still be mentioned in architectural reference in 35 years.” “..perhaps it has something to do with love. I love architecture. I love surrounding buildings, and I suppose I love it when other people love them too. I have to admit it, it would make me very happy to have made things which other people love.” 2.Coherence “..all those thousands of occasions where an architect is put on the spot and has to make the right decision – I’d be quite happy if all that was resolved by use.” “I think architecture attains its highest quality as an applied art. And it is at its most beautiful when things have come into their own, when they are coherent. Place, use and form. The form reflects the place, the place is just so and the use reflects this and that.” 3.The Beautiful Form “I may find it that in some icon, and sometimes in a still life – both help me to see how something has found its form – but also in a common or garden tool, in literature, in a piece of music.” You should know that this isn’t a profesional review of a great book. It’s just how I was moved by this book, by the way Zumthor talks about atmosphere inside architecture. Its simplicity makes me enjoy this book so much. It’s not gonna tell you the standards of some buildings, not gonna tell you how to design, this book will tell you how to feel. As a fresh graduated architect who works daily in the office – designing what the owner wants or what the boss wants – this book is like an oasis. Keeps me hydrate by the feelings of architecture. By feliceatmadja in Uncategorized | June 6, 2016June 11, 2016 | 1,627 Words | Leave a comment

(masih) Kampung Pulo: Tentang Hutang yang Belum Terbayar Akhir-akhir ini saya banyak mengingat dan memikirkan kembali tentang skripsi saya, yang hampir setahun usianya. Belum lama memang sejak skripsi saya selesai. Tepatnya pada Agustus 2015. Tapi dengan signifikannya perubahan dalam rutinitas saya sejak Agustus 2015 – Maret 2016 ini, cukup jarang saya bisa mengingat kembali skripsi saya. Bahkan rencana untuk menuliskan penelitian saya menjadi artikel-artikel yang mudah dan menarik untuk dibaca juga belum terlaksana sampai saat ini. Lalu salah seorang teman saat ini sedang mengerjakan skripsinya dengan lokasi yang sama dengan bahasan yang sedikit nyerempet. Dari seringnya kami berdiskusi, saya pun kembali teringat dan membuka ulang lembar demi lembar skripsi yang pernah saya tulis. Hmm… saya anggap ini bukan skripsi untuk meluluskan saya, tapi buku arsitektur pertama yang saya tulis dalam 6 bulan yang super intensif. Maka, saya perkenalkan buku arsitektur saya yang pertama, berjudul “Konsep Hunian Vertikal Bagi Warga Permukiman Kumuh, Kasus Studi Kampung Pulo.”

Buku ini selesai pada bulan Agustus 2015, maka ya, saya menulisnya sebelum warga Kampung Pulo digusur. Tulisan saya terfokus pada kondisi fisik dan sosial Kampung Pulo yang sebenarnya adalah sebuah potensi yang dapat diangkat untuk membangun hunian vertikal yang layak, sehingga warga tidak perlu digusur dan ribut dengan aparat pemerintah. Tapi perlu dicatat bahwa saya tidak akan membahasa tepat atau tidak tepatnya metode penggusuran itu. Saya tidak tahu rasanya memimpin ribuan orang yang menghuni DKI Jakarta, saya cuma tahu rasanya memimpin 1000 Maba Fakultas Teknik, jadi saya jelas tidak punya kapasitas untuk menilai metode yang digunakan pemerintah untuk menanggulangi permasalahan permukiman kumuh. Tapi… saya punya hak dan kapasitas untuk melakukan penelitian, studi dan akhirnya menuliskan buku ini. Sayangnya, begitu buku itu selesai, penggusuran warga pun selesai. Pada masa penggusuran tersebut berlangsung, saya masih berada di Malang dan hanya bisa menyaksikan beritanya di televisi. Sempat beberapa saat setelah itu saya mencoba menghubungi kembali Bapak Wakil RW yang sebelumnya membantu saya untuk mengadakan ruang diskusi di Kampung Pulo, namun nomornya sudah tidak aktif. Lalu? Lalu saya disibukkan dengan hobi sayembara saya, sibuk dengan penyusunan portfolio dan selanjutnya sibuk mencari tempat kerja yang ‘oke’. Sibuk melanjutkan hidup. Sibuk berkejaran kembali dengan waktu. Hingga tibalah saya di Bulan Maret yang membawa saya kembali ke Jakarta. Jakarta yang sedang gemar hujan saat itu. Anehnya setiap kali hujan turun, saya langsung bertanya-tanya dalam hati apakah Kampung Pulo tergenang air. Saya ingat pada satu kunjungan saya kesana, kondisi kampung sedang tergenang air hingga ke mata kaki hanya karena hujan semalam yang tidak terlalu lama. Topografi Kampung Pulo pada dasarnya strategis untuk mengalami banjir, bukan hanya karena masalah sampah ataupun padatnya hunian, tapi lebih karena letak yang dikelilingi sungai dengan posisi lahan rendah sehingga kemungkinan besar akan selalu mendapat banjir kiriman dari wilayah yang lebih tinggi. Hari ini saya memang bergelar Sarjana Teknik, tapi toh saya belum bisa memberikan gelar ini untuk memperbaiki atau sedikit saja membantu mereka yang digusur. Belum bisa juga menyalurkan aspirasi saya, bahwa ada cara supaya kasus-kasus permukiman kumuh tidak harus berakhir dengan penggusuran. Dengan kesadaran minimnya suara dan kesempatan yang saya miliki untuk turun langsung, setidaknya saat ini, maka yang bisa saya lakukan saat ini adalah menulis dan mendokumentasikan. Lempar-lempar isu, siapa tahu pada saatnya nanti, akan lebih banyak kepala mau menyatu untuk membantu yang dimarginalkan tanpa memarginalkan diri. Ini tentang hutang saya pada Warga Kampung Pulo yang belum terbayar. Jadi, untuk siapapun yang mau menyempatkan waktu membaca ‘buku’ saya, ini versi lengkapnya: http://www.dropbox.com/sh/55rbfl64rcpn8sg/AAAAt2CXyLxBVCLMq9rmN07Ra?dl=0 (http://t.umblr.com/redirect? z=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dropbox.com%2Fsh%2F55rbfl64rcpn8sg%2FAAAAt2CXyLxBVCLMq9rmN07Ra%3Fdl%3D0&t=ZjIwYWJkNjMzZmM5NmM1OTQ2NDI1NTQ2OGU5Z jQ4ZjVlNzJjMTdhMCxYc05rSTlRWQ%3D%3D) Terutama untuk mahasiswa, baik arsitektur ataupun jurusan lain, yang peduli pada permasalahan sosial kita, yang lebih peduli untuk memberitakan kaum yang termarginalkan, daripada caffecaffe, restoran-restoran mewah atau style ter-update. Ini hanya hasil refleksi dari proses belajar selama 5 tahun, tapi mungkin bisa menjadi bahan belajar dan melempar isu, bahwa ada hal-hal yang patut kita perjuangkan. Jika ada yang mau didiskusikan atau mau kasih tahu saya kalau ada yang salah atau kurang tepat dalam ‘buku’ saya, silahkan kontak saya di: [email protected] (selalu aktif dan siap untuk berbagi pikiran) best regards. By feliceatmadja in Uncategorized | May 15, 2016 | 654 Words | Leave a comment

the next chapter Jakarta, 21 Maret 2016 Tiba-tiba saja tahun 2016 sudah berada pada penghujung bulan Maret. Luar biasa tak terasa cepatnya waktu berjalan. Membuat saya menyadari bahwa selalu ada hal baik yang patut dihargai di setiap harinya, namun seringkali kita melewatkannya begitu saja. Kenapa? Karena kadang kita terlalu sibuk pada kecemasan-kecemasan akan hari esok yang belum tiba, hingga kita melupakan hal-hal kecil yang akan mengantar kita ke sana dalam setiap harinya. Saya tahu betul kenyataan ini karena saya mengalaminya. Siapa sih, sarjana muda yang tidak dihantui rasa takut tidak bisa mendapatkan pekerjaan yang diharapkannya? Siapa sarjana muda yang tidak diikuti rasa cemas menunggu panggilan kerja dari lamaran-lamaran yang telah dikirim? Saya rasa semua pernah mengalami fase itu. Fase dimana kita bertanya baik-baik pada diri sendiri apa yang kita ingin lakukan dalam dan untuk hidup. Fase dimana kita mencari sebaik dan sesadar mungkin tempat bekerja yang akan menghidupkan mimpi-mimpi kita. Saya sendiri mengalaminya saat akhirnya menyelesaikan sidang skripsi arsitektur yang disertai dengan tangis haru. Selesai satu fase hanya berarti selamat datang pada fase berikutnya. Life goes on no matter what, right? Maka masuklah saya pada fase bertanya pada diri sendiri, apa yang ingin saya lakukan? Selama kuliah, semua ceklis sudah saya centang. Kemahasiswaan: double check. Akademis (naikin IP ke kepala 3): check. Internship di konsultan arsitek: check. Sayembara arsitektur: check. Lalu tiba-tiba semuanya selesai. Jalan tabungan menuju mimpi sudah terpenuhi sebagian. Saat saya sadar bahwa saya sudah tiba pada tahap mewujudkan mimpi, saya pun bertanya pada diri sendiri: “Siapkah kamu untuk mulai menjalani mimpimu? Memimpikannya dan menjalaninya jelas akan sangat berbeda.” Maka untuk mencari jawabannya saya pun memulai perjalanan panjang yang sunyi menuju hari dimana saya menulis postingan ini. Seusai menyelesaikan sidang dan resmi menyandang gelar ST, yang saya lakukan akan adalah menenggelamkan diri dalam sayembara-sayembara arsitektur yang menyenangkan, memberikan saya ruang untuk menikmati hal yang saya sukai (salah satu sayembara yang saya kerjakan) (http://feliceatmadja.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/the-awakening/). Seusai beberapa bulan bersama sayembara, saya pun memutuskan mengerjakan proyek penelitian bersama dosen pembimbing saya, di sini pun saya menemukan minat yang besar dalam dunia riset. Saya menikmati perjalanan jauh seorang diri menuju pinggiran kabupaten Malang, bertemu warga kampung dan belajar dari mereka. Next time saya akan menulis tentang pengalaman ini. Lalu setelah kegiatan-kegiatan menyenangkan yang saya pilih untuk menjadi ‘liburan’ saya, tibatiba saja penghujung tahun 2015 sudah di depan mata. Maka mulailah saya membuka lembar-lembar pekerjaan lama dan mulai menulis. Menulis rekaman perjalanan saya selama 5 tahun berputar di dunia yang saya cintai dan selesai juga architecture portfolio vol 2 (http://feliceatmadja.wordpress.com/portfolio/) saya. Dengan selesainya portfolio, dimulailah penantian panjang yang sunyi. Pada awalnya, hanya ada satu konsultan arsitektur yang menjadi tujuan saya untuk mengirim portfolio. Salah satu konsultan yang cukup besar di Indonesia yang berada di Jakarta. Seperti yang sudah saya rencanakan, sasaran belajar saya kali ini adalah proyek-proyek komersil, bangunan publik dan high rise projects. Saya pun sudah memutuskan untuk tidak kembali di tempat saya pernah menjalani internship sebelumnya. Alasannya sederhana saja, saya tidak ingin berendam dalam zona nyaman, wajah-wajah familiar dan tempat yang sudah saya pahami. Maka saya memiliki sasaran lain dengan proyek-proyek yang ingin saya pelajari. Tapi satu bulan berlalu dan tidak ada balasan dari portfolio yang saya kirimkan. Ada panggilan datang dari salah satu konsultan lain, tapi akhirnya saya memutuskan untuk tidak melanjutkan interview, karena saat itu saya terpaku pada satu tujuan yang saya inginkan. Perjalanan menunggu itu pun menjadi semakin sunyi. Saya sempat merasakan rasanya merasa menjadi manusia yang sangat kecil dan belum bisa memberikan guna, terutama bagi orang tua. There’re so many negative feelings that can come out from a small worries of the future, from an uncertainty.

Tidak mau tenggelam dan menyendiri terlalu lama, saya pun akhirnya meyakinkan diri untuk memperluas pandangan dan memulai kembali. Membuka kembali lembaran-lembaran portfolio dan membenahinya. Melihat ulang konsultan yang menjadi tujuan saya dan melihat konsultan-konsultan lain yang juga memiliki proyek-proyek yang menjadi sasaran pembelajaran saya. Maka portfolio yang sudah mengalami re-touch pun kembali dikirim. Kali ini pada salah satu konsultan arsitektur yang merancang Central Park, Jakarta. Sekitar dua minggu menunggu, email saya pun mendapat balasan berupa panggilan interview. Di saat yang bersamaan, saya pun mendapat dua panggilan interview lain, semuanya di Jakarta. Maka minggu berikutnya adalah satu minggu yang penuh dengan jadwal interview. Tapi saat itu pun saya sudah tahu mana yang saya tuju, mana yang menjadi harapan terbesar saya. Tentunya yang bisa saya lakukan saat itu hanya berusaha memberikan yang terbaik dalam interview dan test yang saya lalui, kemudian pasrah, menyerahkan semua keputusan pada Tuhan. Tepat pada hari dimana saya menyelesaikan semua interview, konsultan arsitektur yang paling saya harapkan pun memberi konfirmasi bahwa saya bisa segera mulai bekerja. After two months of waiting in silence, the longest months of my life when I felt to be the smallest person in the world and worthless, the days when I doubt my self the most……. I finally got here. Today, I work in ArkDesign | PT. Arkipuri Intra Nasional as an architect. It’s my 4th day and Im working on a project from the very first start. I got a chance to explore and studying the mass in order to develop the concept. This is all I ever want. And I prove it for real that good things take time, nothing good comes easily. So, for whoever that still waiting for their dreams to happen, be patient and submit to God. Better enjoy every moment of the waiting, because I didn’t and now I kinda miss the small important things that led me here. Still, I can’t be more grateful for where I am today.

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Not Settling Down: my way to live the life I lost track of time lately. It’s like time just passed by without me notice what date today, what day today. Maybe because this time is the phase of uncertainty in my life. Everything is uncertain. My job is uncertain, where Im gonna live is uncertain or who Im gonna be with is also uncertain. Sounds like I need to be grateful for what I have more. But it’s not about me not being grateful. It’s about how I face this phase of my life when I finally have to stand on my own, for real. There’s no one that can answer my questions and give me what I need. I have to figure things out by my own. Since I has been graduated officially and still jobless, this is kinda rough. Am I suffering? Nope. Am I starting to lose faith on myself? A little bit. Am I still believe that tomorrow anything good can happen? Sure. Am I giving up? Never. That’s all that I know for sure right now while the rest of my life is soooooo uncertain. While facing the days of uncertainty, I decide to be grateful for what I had the past year. I’ve been to places, I’ve met so many new people, I’ve seen so many things and I’ve finished my study. Then I remember, I also started 2015 with uncertainty like, whether I could finish my study with IPK 3.00 or not, what would my last assigment be, could I finish my study in a semester. Well, things like that were my kind of uncertainty back then after I finished my internship. In the end, things unfolded one by one as the time went by. I got I what I need, also what I want. 2015 turns out very nice after all my uncertainty phase in the beginning. Look.. I just realize that I can worry less. As long as I keep moving and focusing on what I want to do, Im pretty sure that I’ll get what I need. Like… I want to work in a fine architecture firm, where I can develop more about architecture like aaaaall the time. I want to move out from town, get a small room and live on my own while missing home. I want to go to places, more places that I’ve never been before. I want to climb another mountain. I want to eat so many nice breakfast. I want to keep playing guitar all the time. I want to never stop drawing and do some art. I want to read so many books, more and more books. I want to live in London, someday. For sure So, instead of uncertainty, I decided that Im gonna start the year of 2016 with hopes. You know, hope, things that you can dream about and hold on to as you get through day by day, closer each day. Maybe, all those things that I want to do will be something that always pull me back everytime I got lost. I am choosing a-not-so-easy-way-to-live since I choose architecture. Hell yeah this choice makes me happy. It makes me myself. those were the places I’ve been on 2015. hopefully I will go to so many more new places I’ve never been on 2016. do not settle By feliceatmadja in Uncategorized | January 11, 2016 | 563 Words | 1 Comment

Latar Ombo – Panderman: perjalanan ke atas untuk menguraikan isi kepala Pada akhir bulan kemarin, saya dan 4 teman melakukan perjalanan mendaki ke Gunung Panderman di Batu. Perjalanan kami hanya direncanakan dalam 1 hari dan disepakati untuk tetap berangkat meskipun kemungkinan besar akan hujan. Setelah tenda, kompor dan perlengkapan lainnya siap, kami pun memulai perjalanan dengan motor menuju ke Kota Batu. Gerimis mengiringi perjalanan kami. Personally, I love the drizzle and I don’t mind being a little wet Langit sudah gelap saat kami sampai di pintu gerbang Wana Wisata Gunung Panderman. Kami memutuskan berhenti dulu untuk mengisi perut, sholat dan menyiapkan logistik. Logistik yang kami bawa sederhana saja hanya mie instan, roti, coklat bubuk, kopi dan air. Gerimis masih terus mengiringi perjalanan kami. Beruntungnya, selesai memarkir motor dan bersiap untuk naik, gerimis berhenti. Kami berdoa sebentar sebelum kemudian memulai pendakian. Medan yang kami lalui saya rasa bukan medan yang berat. Medan pertama yang harus kami lalui adalah area yang ditutup dengan paving dengan kemiringin yang paling curam sepanjang jalan (rasanya). Medan awal ini adalah bagian yang paling berat. Selanjutnya jalan mendaki tidak terlalu curam dan tanah yang tidak dilapisi paving lebih nyaman untuk dilalui. Kami berhenti beberapa kali untuk beristirahat, mengambil napas dan bercanda, kemudian kembali melanjutkan perjalanan. Pendakian menuju Latar Ombo memakan waktu kurang lebih 1 jam dengan banyak istirahat di beberapa titik. Rencana awal kami untuk mencapai puncak berubah karena salah satu teman kami kelelahan. Kemudian kami menemukan spot di ujung yang membeberkan pemandangan lampu-lampu kota di bawah. Tenda akhirnya kami dirikan di situ. Perjalanan naik ke atas bagi saya selalu merupakan ruang bagi diri untuk menguraikan isi kepala. Entah itu rutinitas, ketidak pastian, keraguan, kegundahan atau hal-hal lain yang disimpan dalam kepala kadang perlu diuraikan. Untuk melakukan itu bukan berarti kita harus mendaki. Hanya saja bagi saya, mendaki dapat menciptakan ruang yang lebih leluasa. Di atas sana sunyi, tidak ada hiruk pikuk kendaraan dan keributan orang-orang. Well… ini mengingatkan saya bahwa selain kami yang mendirikan tenda di sana, ada satu lagi rombongan yang terdiri dari 2 orang juga mendirikan tenda di belakang kami. Lalu tidak lama kemudian rombongan dengan jumlah yang jauh lebih banyak datang dan mendirikan dua tenda di belakang kami. Hmm… untuk sesaat kesunyian cukup terganggu dengan suara musik yang mereka putar lewat speaker. Untungnya jarak tenda kami cukup jauh sehingga suara itu akhirnya dapat kami abaikan. Mungkin tidak semua orang mencari kesunyian saat naik ke atas. I’ll just have to respect them

Kembali lagi, dengan suasana yang tenang, udara yang dingin, bau hujan yang masih tertinggal di dahan-dahan dan rerumputan serta lampu-lampu kota yang semakin malam semakin terang, ini adalah ruang yang cukup leluasa untuk sekedar duduk diam dan menguraikan apapun yang ada di kepala. Bukan berarti semuanya akan selesai begitu saja, bukan. Hanya saja semua dapat lebih dimengerti. Saya duduk sendirian di atas salah satu batu sambil memandangi lampu-lampu kota di bawah selama beberapa saat lamanya. Kira-kira pukul 02.30 saya akhirnya masuk ke dalam tenda untuk tidur sebentar. Pukul 05.00 kami semua bangun dan mendapati langit sudah terang tapi tidak ada sinar matahari. Selain mendung, kami juga sepertinya tidak menghadap ke timur. Perjalanan singkat ini menyenangkan. Membuat beberapa hal menjadi jelas. Semua orang akan melanjutkan perjalanannya masing-masing dengan caranya masing-masing. Kita semua adalah manusia yang seharusnya dapat menerima kesendirian,bukan anti-sosial, bukan sebagai sesuatu yang menyedihkan atau menakutkan. Kesendirian adalah ruang yang seharusnya kita semua miliki. Untuk benar-benar memahami apa yang ingin kita lakukan dalam hidup, ruang kesendirian itu harus terbentuk lebih dahulu. Karena di dunia ini tidak ada satupun yang akan selalu bersama selamanya.

Help each other, care about each other, love each other, but you have to remember that no one stays in your life forever.

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