Book Discussion #13 – Living House

Dear Restless Spirit,

We are delighted to invite you to join our continuation of our first semester program title : Understanding Indonesian Vernacular Architecture.

In 1964 Bernard Rudofsky coined the term architecture without architect, which drives the term vernacular which mean design based on organic quality based on layers of process of making, symbolic, function based on climate, continuous program, and the condition of social-culture which transform into form and space. There are some more books about this vernacular architecture. Paul Oliver in his book dwellings : The House across the world (1987), Guidoni’s Primitive Architecture ( 1978) or Duly’s The Houses of Mankind (1979).

What is important in Roxana’s Living House, is that the study consists comprehensive investigation about social and symbolic space in area of South East Asia. Roxana stated The richness of house symbolism revealed by these studies should not be viewed as something extraordinary or unique to South – East Asia. She began to trace the origins of recurring elements of architectural style and go on to examine the technological and cosmological considerations behind them, this include ideas and beliefs regarded as powerful, sacred. The questions ended for the consideration of survival of indigenous architectural forms.

It is really important to know the roots of the culture, identity to continue what works dan reminds us the memory of the past. This Roxana’s study in Omah will be shared, investigated, discussed to bring the studies forward to the future use of current context theory and architecture practice in the form of meeting, conference which is seminar. The Seminar will be divided based on Roxana’s living house book combined with several book such as Indonesian House editted by Reimar Schefold, Gaudemz Domenig, and Peter Nas.

The Lecture will be started on Saturday, 26 Mei 2018 at 10.00 am – 16.00 pm

The content will be :

Origins – Perceptions of Build Form: Indigenious and Colonial – Interrelation of Build Forms
Technology and symbolism – Cosmologies – The Living House – Kinship and ‘House Societies’
Space and Shaping of Social Relations – House of the Dead and Migrations

The discussion will be open, and the dialog will be enhanced to create full understanding, and good learning curve between presenters and audience which can make further dialogue in thinking future Indonesian Architecture. Also, as Continuation of this Seminar. We are going to continous learning of Indonesian Architecture followed by Lecture by Amir Sidharta, Tegang Bentang – Seratus tahun Perspektif Arsitektural di Indonesia. in 5th May 2018

This Seminar is Prepared OMAH Team Lead by Realrich Sjarief. Omah Team consists of Bangkit Mandela, Rio Sandjaya, Rifandi Septiawan Nugroho, Rezki Dikaputra, Riswanda Setyo Addino, Fariska Shani Wijaya, Fiona Elochita, and many volunteers involved.

For Registration:

please contact 0856-9765-7307

Reference : 
[1] Indonesian House by Reimar Schefold, Gaudenz Domenig, and Peter Nas.
[2] The Living House An Anthropology of Architecture in South Ease Asia by Roxana Waterson.
[3] Ketukangan : Kesadaran Material, Craftsmanship : Consciousness by curatorial team, Indonesia Pavillion 14th International ARchitecture Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia. Achmad Deni Tardiyana, Avianti Armand, David Hutama, Setiadi Sopandi, Robin Hartanto
[4] Tegang Bentang, Seratus Tahun Perspektif Arsitektural di Indonesia oleh PDA, pengantar oleh Marco Kusuma Wijaya dan Pendauluan oleh Amir Sidharta.
[5] Architecture WIthout Architect by Bernard Rudofksy
[6] Shelter by Llyod Kahn and Bob Easton

The invitation is limited to 15 persons because of the current location is in residential area, Realrich, the home owner decided to respect the neighborhood by limiting visitor to permission-only visitation to his friends, new friends and all of new people who like to learn architecture. Every people, whom like to read or use this collection, for any purpose, are needed to call before visiting from home owner.

OMAH is a place for collection of personal books and archive, which located inside private residential owned by architect Realrich Sjarief and dentist Laurensia Yudith.