YOGYAKARTA - WISDOM 2010 series of event started on Sunday (5/12). WISDOM 2010 opening was marked with tree planting, signifying the Wisdom Park as a symbolic location to commemorate the WISDOM 2010 event and remind young people to always prioritize wisdom.
Rector of UGM Prof Ir Sudjarwadi, M. Eng, Ph.D. led the planting of 38 trees involving 38 universities in Indonesia on the front terrace of UGM Graha Sabha Pramana (GSP). The universities involved are the University of Andalas, Diponegoro University, IPB, UI, Udayana University, University of Sam Ratulangi, State University of Papua, and the University of Tanjungpura.
There was also present Sjambjah, 2007 Kalpataru receipent and environmental activist from Nganggring hamlet in Sleman regency. In fact, on that occasion Sjambjah gave a speech with the theme of Our Lives Depending on the environment.
Limited concept and theory of architecture descriptively and normatively make the practice of urban planning in Indonesia adapt to Western concept and theory. As a result, the existing design of architecture still does not fulfill suitability and characteristics of Indonesian people who are specific and heterogenic. “This situation encourages the development of architecture theories based on phenomenon of city architecture which develops in Indonesia,” said Ir. Djoko Wijono, M.Arch., at UGM Graduate School, Wedenesday (16/2) in his open doctoral exam.
In maintaining his dissertation The concept of Saged: Architecture Spirit of Small Town, Djoko Wijono said that city architecture is an entity of human work on the abstract to the concrete in the form of configuration of cross-geometric and functional space. It is an incidenta product, but meaningful for the community both in physical elements or natural ones which have been modified.“ This is the practical consequence of the forum of city community, including private and state ones which last daily, regularly, and periodically, which are the practical application of prevailing customs which are interpreted practically from the values in the power of the concept of saged,” Djoko explained.
Meanwhile, in the same place the Kalpataru award receipent, Sjambjah hoped that people in the world became nature friendly. Human life depends on nature. In his opinion various natural disasters such as floods and landslides can not be separated from public attitudes that damage the environment.
"Nature is useful for life, health, and many other things. Therefore, let us keep and maintain the environment, at least this can be started from planting trees from now on," said Sjambjah in Javanese language that was translated into Indonesian by the Rector of UGM.
After planting several species of trees in the Wisdom park, the opening of WISDOM continued with the release of hundreds of white pigeons by the UGM Rector, representatives of universities and private institutions and government. At the end of the event, invited guests were entertained with the Dayakan Borobudur dance.
As reported earlier, later in this conference, participants will also visit several villages under the Merapi Post-Eruption Social Program: Pangukrejo, Gondang, Petung and Pagerjurang. This program aims to provide opportunities for participants to understand the Spirit of Merapi, which became the roots of local knowledge that have already existed in communities around Merapi for centuries. The visit is to show the participants on how local knowledge serves as a natural resource to maintain the mountain and the surrounding population.