Decoding Ideas and Thinking in Architecture

Surabaya,  November 9, 2017

Design Thinking has a paradoxical characteristic: designers agree it is the core and the most important part of a creative process, yet to explain how it works is the most difficult one. As a process, it follows a logical sequence of actions or events, requires a logical objectivity, as it also allows for subjective interpretation. To create the best decision and solution, designers should have a consciousness in their process. They cannot rely only on their intuition, but they must be able to try revealing and decoding their intangible steps.

Decoding means transforming, analyzing and interpreting a message of language, either visual or semiotic ones. So, to decode means to convert a coded message into intelligible language as well as to analyze and interpret a communication or image. The concept of decoding therefore focused on analyzing the design process and its methodologies with the objective to reach a better understanding of its structure and content as well as to improve efficiency in design practice.

In this conference, academics, researchers, and students are invited to exchange their knowledge. This will be a medium where current theories, design methods and researches on this field are discussed. It can be based on their own experiences in academic activities related to Architecture Design or on other people’s experiences which they analyzed and interpreted. Professionals are also invited to share and discuss their design process and knowledge specifically on how they are dealing with interrelation between their objectivity and subjectivity thoughts.

Place Speaks : Evoking Spirit of Place in Contemporary Architecture

Surabaya, September 1-2, 2016
 

Place is space where life takes place. As distict to space, place has its specific characters. Plain and mountainous landscapes, warm and humid climates, sparse and dense urban environments determine physical characteristics of a place. Social structures, social interaction, rituals, cultural activities are those of non-physical that give life to a place. Places bring spirit and create their own language or expression, and therefore differ from one place to another.

 

Architecture as a man-made environment has to respond to place because it makes architecture meaningful. Architecture is regarded as a shelter when it takes physical environments such as climate and topography into account. It can be symbolic when it has to represent social and cultural qualities. It should resemble nature if it requires minimum environmental degradation. And it can be progressive if it has to respond to ever changing qualities of place. Place serves as a context for architecture.

 

Over time we have witnessed considerable changes over places and architecture. Places often become more specific due to the changes, whereas architecture tends to adopt more universal language. In order to maintain meaningful state and identity, contemporary architecture should allow a place to be its reference. Many design strategies have been proposed over the last decades. They ranges from those that refer to the past by exploring architectural traditions to those that take current conditions of a place by abstracting specific features of the place.

Manifestation of Architecture at Indonesia

Surabaya, September 1-2, 2015

Indonesia covers an immense area, approximately one-fifth of the globe's circumference, and consists of thousands of big and small islands. The region has been settled by humans since hundred thousand years ago. In historical times, thanks to its position, Indonesia has been visited and traversed by various people and cultures. The available environment provides, and at the same time, demands separate treatments according to each locale. Added with different grades of isolation and exposition, each and every niche produced a multitude of spatial perception and conception, which manifested in myriads of architectural formIndonesia grappled and experimented with a multitude of architectural solutions in all levels. This conference, endeavor to recognize the richness of its manifestations, and to build models of approaches that could be the foundation of the healthier and more meaningful architecture for Indonesia.

Green Architecture for Sustainable Living and Environment

Surabaya - November 29, 2014

Green and sustainable architecture are important to minimize the negative environmental impact of architectural works by efficiency in the use of energy and materials. Green architecture offers an opportunity to create environmentally sound building with promoting resource conservation (energy efficient, renewable energy, water conservation, waste minimization, etc). It is purposed as one of the alternative ways for a healthy environment.

Green Concept in Architecture and Environment

Surabaya - September 26, 2013

Global warming and climate change is real phenomenon whose impact can be felt in all parts of the world. Disasters such as earthquaked, floods, landslides, extreme climate change, sea level rise, reduced groundwater, land sibsidence, and other natural disasters are real indication of the impact of global warming and climate change. The impacts not only on the dimensions of the natural environment, but also on the social, economic, culturalm and institutional. To answer these challenges, green concept is one alternative that attempts to minimize the impact of global warming and climate change, which can be developed through the implementation in architecture and environmental design.

Innovative and Smart Settlement, Enabling Local Economy

Surabaya - December 12, 2012

15 years after Habitat II-1996, the world now have more concern in low income housing problems. However, in most cases, housing problem solving approach has not been based on Habitat Agenda, especially those concerning low income people. Global warming and climate change are become more apparent in the last ten years, adding challenges to overcome. It is need new innoation and smart thinking in order to handle this matter. The development of innovation and smart settlement model is one of the alternative in the efforts.

Human Dimension in the Development Of ECO-HOUSING and Human Settlement

Surabaya - October 18, 2011


15 years after Habitat II-1996, the world now have more concern in low income housing problems. However, in most cases, housing problem solving approach has not been based on Habitat Agenda, especially those concerning low income people. Global warming and climate change are become more apparent in the last ten years, adding challenges to overcome. It is need new innoation and smart thinking in order to handle this matter. The development of innovation and smart settlement model is one of the alternative in the efforts.

Challenging Island Based Human Settlement Development

Surabaya - October 12, 2010


In celebrating the 45 years Department of Architecture ITS anniversary, the department organizes international conference "Challengin Island Based Human Settlement Development". The aim of the conference is to bring together architects, planners, other professionals, academia, government, NGO, developer, and others who have interest in the development of human settlement in the island.

Green Design & Solution

Surabaya - October 8, 2009


The conference aims to explore and to highlight the green concept in solving the problem of environment, social, cultiral, and instutional due to global warming and change through the implementation in architecture and environmental design.