COUNTRY: Indonesia

BACKGROUND: Architecture

INTERNSHIP: Studio Cerri (Milan, Italy)

FINAL PROJECT: Urban Interior Approach to Archaeological Park at the Inland Port of Prato, Italy – advisor: Alessandro Colombo, Studio Cerri.

I am an architect, graduated from Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia in 2009. After working for 5 years in some architecture firms in Jakarta and Bandung, I decided to try another scale of architecture project, the urban realm. There are many opportunities in my country regarding to design of the void in cities, in order to create more livable space. Jakarta, a capital city with 10 million inhabitants, a blend of order and chaos, with multi culture and religions, is another challenge to problem solving. I am interested in multi disciplinary projects related to the urban realm and community development. I applied to MUID in order to know the best practices of designing the void and the possibility to blend in with other disciplines and professions, also to learn how European cities works.

The two cities, Madrid and Milan, have different characteristic to study about and affected the approach and execution. I also learned from the best practice projects in Madrid and Milan, and from inspiring lecturers. In Madrid, most big parks are always open as there are no gates, people are nice, affordable living cost, and beer too. In Madrid we redesigned Plaza de España, the ‘container’ of public space in the city centre, dealing with the complexity of infrastructure and traffic. In Milan, the design culture is very strong, hiding behind its old buildings, a lot of design-related events. We designed the ‘content’ of some neighbourhoods, like Bovisa and Lazzaretto, to add some temporary urban interventions.

MUID gave me new perspectives about urban design, especially public space and its relation with other disciplines, like graphic design, IT, art installation, exhibition design or even movies. The urban complexity and its unlimited possibility could trigger an urban designer/architect to design ‘the container’ and ‘the content’ in new ways, or create new relationships, or re-organize these ingredients in such a way as to give them a different value or identity.