Two Architecture alumni, Faiz Fawzan Adhima and Vidya Larasati Adiraputri, have achieved recognition in a final project competition organized by the Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology in 2023.
Faiz Fawzan Adhima, under the guidance of Nur Zahrotunnisa Zagi, won first place in the Environmental Studies category. Vidya Larasati Adiraputri, on the other hand, under the supervision of Dr. Harry Kurniawan, won second place in the Technical Studies category.
Faiz Adhima presented his final project titled “Rethinking Tambakrejo Fisherman Village as a Sustainable Fisherman Village Based on Regenerative Design.” His work revolved around the relocation of the Tambakrejo fisherman village.
Before relocation, this village was a slum settlement inhabited by more than 160 households and built on the sedimentation of the Semarang East flood canal. The relocation intended to revitalize the flood canal and build high-rise buildings 10 km from the village.
However, some residents opposed the relocation as the fishermen heavily relied on the coastal environment they inhabited. Eventually, the government agreed with the community to construct a new settlement in the original village area.
Unfortunately, the design and solutions implemented by the government were considered insufficient to address the primary issues. Following the relocation, the villagers’ economic conditions declined due to instability and environmental degradation.
To tackle these problems, Adhima offered a regenerative design approach. This involved transforming the concept into an ecosystem regeneration by integrating biotic and abiotic systems, utilizing their potential to enhance the community’s economy.
He proposed integrating housing and habitat (ecosystem) as a village prototype with a small building footprint, using open spaces for ecosystem improvement.
Additionally, the concept introduced a growing house as a means to support the demographic and economic growth of the community.
“Through this study, we can assess the quality of fisherman village typology based on how well the design accommodates the users’ needs as residents and their work as fishermen, and how the village can sustain their economy and existing natural resources,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Vidya Adiraputri proposed a Climate Change Interpretation Center Focusing on Sensory Experience in Sayung, Demak.
“This final project is a design concept for an interpretation center that addresses the topic of climate change, particularly its impact in Sayung, Demak. The aim is to raise awareness among the local community about climate change,” Adiraputri described.
The Climate Change Interpretation Center emphasizes sensory experiences to help visitors understand and feel the impact of climate change, especially the rising sea levels in the village of Bedono, Sayung.
The design responds to the building’s location in a coastal area affected by sea-level rise. It employs an amphibious building structure capable of floating and adapting to varying sea levels. It also incorporates various elements of water to stimulate visitors’ sensory experiences.
“May the final projects of architecture students in Indonesia consistently benefit many parties,” Adiraputri expressed.
Author: UGM Faculty of Engineering