“The Natur-art Intervention”

Beyond  thousand steps of the journey of an Architect to shape the built environment’s future, lies an initial steps of recognising (and yet creating dialogue) with its creations context. “The good building is not one that hurts the landscape, but one which makes the landscape more beautiful than it was before the building was built” said Frank Lyod Wright, one of the influental Architect well known by his works of Falling Water House, the briliant architecture that harmonized its surrounding. Dialogue with surrounding nature then holds an important role for architect’s works, yet learning to understand, to sense and to blend one’s ideas with it are essential.

Selfie shelter assignment is a part of completing the 1st semester Studio of UII Architecture program. The students required to work on architecture’s composition within the manifesto of playful form imagination, which meet the fundamental understanding of space (and space making). The theme “selfie” is taken by realized that making selfie and sharing pictures are already being a part of the nowadays culture, yet hoping it would made the freshment are easier to grasp and develop their ideas.

The selfie sheter assignment is also a work of “themes collaboration” about landworks and transience with Anhalt University of Applied Science in Germany and Utah State University. Students are asked to sensing its local landscape character and creating an installation that represent the esssence of the place. The structure of the composition such as colors, contrast, lines and gravity are among the parts of creating the landworks. Students then required to find out how time and nature would changed, disturbed and might even staged their works, or to see its “transience”. The local landscape for selfie shelter took place within the campus site where students can find a piece of nature among its build environment, and sensing its character to find the most suitable approaches for their design.

Aims to learn and feel the spatial composition better, the selfie shelter is build on the human scale. All individual works on the 1:100 scale then shortlisted into Selected two works to be built 1:1 each class. Working in the real scale brings more challange of preparing and constructing the shelter, while the students are mostly new at it. But in the end, it paid with experience of how to work cooperatively each other and ultimately, enjoy selfie (and most probably wefie) at their built imagination works

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