Learning From The Master #16 – Samuel Mockbee

“Architecture has to be greater than just architecture. It has to address social values, as well as technical and aesthetic values. On top of that, the one true gift that an architect has is his or her imagination. We take something ordinary and elevate it to something extraordinary.” – Samuel Mockbee

Samuel Mockbee was a professor at Auburn University and co-founder of the campus program Rural Studio in Alabama. As an educator, Samuel Mockbee still took a role as architect. He surveys the location, investigating the problem, talked with client that usually comes from America’s poorest rural settings, thought about funding and budgeting, made sustainable designs, set efficient construction plan, thinking about inexpensive materials or recycled, and involve the student and society to do and build it together.

Through Rural Studio, He engaged students to provide a better environment in rural settings. This program introducing the students a new way learning architecture and giving them possibilities to practice & build their design, while help the others and build better environments too. Mockbee said “It becomes necessary to leave the classroom,” and he once said, “and enter the classroom of the community.” He also said that theory and practice are not only interwoven with one’s culture but with the responsibility of shaping the environment, of breaking up social complacency, and challenging the power of the status quo. He tries to bridge theory – practice with doing something for others.

For Mockbee, architecture is a social art and must rest on the social and cultural base of its time and place. Through Mockbee’s eyes, we can learn that architecture is close to the reality although it always has a space for the other one. Let’s learn about:
1. How does Mockbee bridge theory and practice?
2. How does relationship between Mockbee and Rural Studio?
3. What are Rural Studio activities?
4. How do they work? (work process: survey, social interaction, understand the local context, find the funding, arrange the budget, organized materials, and builder)
5. What are their projects and what we can learn from them? (house, community center, facilities)

We invite you to Learning From The Master-Samuel Mockbee on Saturday, 30th of July, 2016, at 10.00 am, at OMAH Library, Taman Amarilis II F2 15/16, Taman Villa Meruya, Jakarta Barat.

You may attend by filling out this form :