Structural Genius book was featured in Tsukuba University`s webpage.
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World Heritage Page - University of Tsukuba
Article from NANYODO Bookshop
「丗 SEI／徳田邸 - 京都 生きる喜び」https://bit.ly/34mkYBH では、京都の築100年を超える町家の改修「徳田邸」を写真・図面・テキストで紹介。改修を任された西沢立衛氏は、先人が遺したディテール（工夫）の痕跡について思いを巡らせます。そして、インドネシア・ニアス島の伝統住居を丹念に調査した「Structural Genius」https://bit.ly/3m6tBGy 。構造やプランだけでなく、住居がコミュニティ形成に果たす役割についても考察しています。
In our modern society, we have been obsessed with steady improvement and perfection since our modern era has started. As a result, many architects have been working hard to realize their ideas based on their clients life style that they can live efficiently.
On the other hand, the traditional houses have a bigger challenge to respond to changes in times. There are two new published books introducing different approaches. The first one is "Structural Genius" a research book written by the Indonesian architects, Fani Atmanti and Dini Aiko. They report about Nias Island in Indonesia, where are remains of traditional wooden houses called Omo Hada which design influenced by a ship structure. They have completely adapted to the environment, included religion and their community. Nevertheless many villagers try to modernize their life with changing the intended meaning of the old rooms. The village in the book became a tourist attraction thus the villagers have to take the middle of the tradition and the updating.
The second, "SEI | Tokuda House Kyoto Joy of Life" is showing us that the traditional building have a potential to be passed down in various ways and still remain in the next generation. The architect Ryue Nishizawa who renovated the Tokuda house and confronted the Japanese tradition said :
“I learned a great deal from working on a machiya, which is a cornucopia of details cleverly crafted by many artisans. I never tire of admiring the streetscapes of Kyoto and the substantial details of each building - all traces of human thought and cleverness.”
Both books makes us think about our ancestors who lived fully cherishing their own values. That lead us to the question, what kind of values should we have in the world when dealing in the midst of uncertainty about the future?
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【TSUKU×TSUKU vol.1 つくば X はたらく】
Date & Place : March 17th 2018 at Cafe Berger, Tsukuba City
画像提供：PHOTO BY MIKI CHISHAKI
Fani Atmanti was invited to become one of the speaker in TSUKU X TSUKU event which was held on March 17th 2018 in Cafe Berger, Tsukuba City. She presented about her activities in Tsukuba University such as her research on cultural architecture in Nias Island Indonesia and its adaptive reuse, her experimental project "OMO Nias Series", her idea of Tsukuba City and she also explained how her hometown which is an old town in Java Island "Yogyakarta" influences her as a designer and architect.
After the presentations session, each presentator with some audience had a little discussion about Tsukuba City. Each group discuss about the future potential of Tsukuba City. Fani Atmanti's group thought that Tsukuba has great potential of future technology innovation and heritage cultural property but only few people have awareness to its potentials. Tsukuba Centre should be developed more to connect the hidden potential of Tsukuba City. So the idea is developing some open space in near Tsukuba Centre which invites people from Kanto area such to visit Tsukuba. The 広場／open space should be intriguing and invites youth to gather in Tsukuba Centre area.
Paper Title : Appropriate Use of Traditional House Omo Hada in Bawömataluo, Nias Island, Indonesia for Architecture Preservation and Tourism Development
- Conservation for Wooden Buildings ofTraditional Villages in Nias Island Indonesia Part 16
Presentation Place : Hiroshima, September 3rd 2017
This paper received : 若手優秀発表賞 Young Excellence Award from Architectural Institute of Japan
Document Link : AIJ Award
Previous published paper : Finding The Structural Genius of Bawomataluo Village