Sensing Depth through Vision and Touch in Architectural Space

A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the regulations for the Degree of Master of Arts in Architecture and Critical Theory in the University of Nottingham, September 2011. Abstract New technologies especially development in design tools are seemingly increasing the distance between the architect, the users and the finished building. More often than not, the… Read More Sensing Depth through Vision and Touch in Architectural Space

Affordable Housing: Learning from Cities Worldwide

Introduction In the rapid growth of world population in last decades, almost all countries experiencing problem in housing issue. As most of the people especially in the developing countries still live in low-income and poor living condition, thus the issue of ‘Affordable Housing’ becomes important. In some naming, ‘Affordable Housing’ are called ‘poor housing’, ‘low-cost… Read More Affordable Housing: Learning from Cities Worldwide

Architecture in the Society of Spectacle: Modernism Challenge in the City and Urban Area

This paper has been presented in the 15th Asian Congress of Architects (Arcasia Bali) at Bali Nusa Dua Convention, Bali on 30th October 2012. ABSTRACT Our societies and cities are growing in the realm of visual culture these days under the development of new technologies. It brings our daily life into the society which emphasizing… Read More Architecture in the Society of Spectacle: Modernism Challenge in the City and Urban Area

A Cloned Village: Copying Space, Borrowing Time

Abstract A UNESCO historic village in Austria, Hallstatt, has been physically copied to its last detail by a developer in Southern China. This act evokes different reactions regarding the ethic, legality and its result. The construction only took one year and has been opened for the first time to visitors recently. Although, the result and… Read More A Cloned Village: Copying Space, Borrowing Time

New perspective on Strong myths and Weak myths

Introduction In his essay Myth Today, Roland Barthes introduces strong myth and weak myth terminology which he explained very briefly. These terminologies were brought up by him as result on his analysis on ideology and political issues in a bourgeois society. In responding to Barthes‘s explanation of those terminologies, I claim that those meanings are… Read More New perspective on Strong myths and Weak myths

The Works of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Introduction Through his essay, Walter Benjamin discusses his thoughts on media and culture in general. These thoughts become a reference in understanding the relation between politics, technology and aesthetics in modern capitalism society. During his time of writing, he explores all forms of mass communication made possible by the development of mechanical reproduction technologies that… Read More The Works of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction