Dusun Bambu

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A lightweight, glass-walled structure on Kolonel Masturi Km 11, Cisarua, Bandung, is the centerpoint in the family leisure park Dusun Bambu. Located in Lembang, the vast, high-terrain recreational area, Dusun Bambu is one of such destination transformed from an unused agricultural fields in recent years.

The structure houses a small market selling local produce, souvenirs and handicrafts on the first floor, and the Burangrang restaurant on the second floor, which bears the same name with the mountain this area of 15 hectares is located on.

This building sits partly on a leveled soil, while the other part adapts with the natural terrain. The flat glass roof is divided into two to provide natural lightings as well as an increased open area on the viewing deck.

In designing this structure, the architect Oky Kusprianto made an effort to blend with the nature, yet putting a modern sense into the new landscape of leisure parks in Lembang.

SITU PATENGGANG

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Situ Patenggang, entrance

Less than three hours travel south from Bandung (バンドン), we will arrive to a beautiful natural preserved by human and nature side by side existing. Along the way to the location, the traveler will be served with the beautiful scenery of tea plantation – terracing   / terasering (台地 – Daichi). Continue reading SITU PATENGGANG

East and west jazz collaboration

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Goethe Haus Jakarta’s regular agenda of setting up international jazz musicians under the now familiar event Serambi Jazz continued to please the audience whom mostly long for an experimental type of music out of the industrialized music on the market.

The play on Thursday, 16 October, not only showing the fresh compositions made by each side, the European represented by Benny Lacker and the band, the French Karim, and the Indonesian guitarist who had appeared several times in Goethe Haus, Johanes Radianto, but they also brought a mixture of songs in their list from different places of origin.

In their own twists, tunes such as Jimy Hendrix’s From 6 to 9 to Indonesian folk song Gundul Pacul were surprising enough that by the end they were applauded by standing audience across the auditorium.

As the third time of such anticipated music project, the involved musicians have more confidence to introduce new forms and possibilities which are non-existent in mainstream music.

Some instances were the screeches of string bass that created the sense of slowly receding creepiness in one of the trio’s composition, or the creation of sounds from Karim’s keyboard that played out well with his composition.

PUBLIC SPACE SUCCESS STORY

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Touted as one of the five best new public spaces in Jakarta, the then giant slum of Pluit, North jakarta, occupying the man-made reservoir has now transformed into a public park, complete with two sport facilities at both ends. The Pluit City Reservoir Park (Taman Kota Waduk Pluit) occupies only the west section, whereas the rest surrounding parts of the reservoir is not yet clear of illegal housings that has long claimed the area, and appeared to be a tough challenge for city governments to reclaim it back. The story behind the park building process was not without clashes, instigating mostly the local residents who had stayed for decades on the unlikely living area. But since the revitalization policy is clear, the governments’ bold action has been a fruitful one. Proper housings on the northeast is the solution for the social impact following the mass relocation. Gazing from the park among the cheerful sound of children and ordinary passersby, the eventual clearing of the reservoir from the homeless quarter has a long way to go. But the thought of looking from this spot after years of difficulties has somewhat made us confident that all will come to a good end. We give you images to compare where it all starts and where the success story has gone so far.


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The great impersonator

Sports, music dan traveling are three things Laurentius T. Pesik like most. He excels in event organizing and works in Jakarta. He nurtured the love of mountain hiking in his formative years. Forming a group of hikers, he and friends eagerly searched for quite and cold places on higher altitudes. His goal is to reach every summit of the mountains he climbed and posed those proud moments in front of a camera. Now he thinks about sharing other no-less appealing photos down the city streets.


Tokyo Tower (4)

The capital city of Japan has shown that being number two does not mean losing out. A famous expression said imitation is the best form of flattery. But in Tokyo’s case, especially during the rapid post-war rebuilding and modernisation, an inspiration taken from another established city icon was the center of the people’s delight.

Even to those who are not aware of history, it is not beyond imagination that Tokyo Tower took inspiration from Paris city icon of the 19th century, the Eiffel Tower.

Constructed in late 50s, more than ten years after their unconditional surrender in World War II, the then turned pacifist country amassed their strength to get over the haunting past and start rebuilding the cities.

It aimed to be higher than the tower it was remodeled from. In its completion in 1958, with 13 meters height difference, it claimed the title of the world’s tallest free-standing structure.

They did not turn inward for introspection to create a modern symbol of this new energy. Instead, the Japanese willingness to embrace western influence and resulting in dramatic socio-economic changes like what they had shown during the Meiji Restoration era had repeated again.

But in post-war era, Japan heightened their take on western influence to a new level, more than knowledge, modernity, or the world view, but also the culture.

Were they lost in anxiety for modernisation? The tower has appeared in many fictionals, creative products, and a major vista in travel guide to Tokyo.