15 Jan 2018

01 MARCH 2017

Sustainable Environmental Architecture & Empathic Architecture

Sustainable domain is an un-avoidable issue to be concerned by architectural design education, praxis and practice/profession. This issue deals with social and environmental concern, which should empathetically acknowledge the impact of architecture to society and living environment. Real sustainability issue initially comes from ethics, which is from love, empathy, self-reflection and humility of human being to their society and environment (Widodo, 2014).  Living in the earth for the 21st century where climate change and global warming issues are becoming more essential to be designed and covered up circumspectly toward sustainable architectural constructed environment. Additionally, it should empathetically address the needs of the users beyond being a physical object of expression only (Kunihiro, 2014).

The international conference of SENVAR (Sustainable Environment Architecture) is an annual gathering for scientists, scholars, and architects in the forum of International Conference that focuses on the issue of sustainable architecture, which in 2017 will be the 17thconferences. Meanwhile, ICEA (International Conference on Empathic Architecture) was firstly initiated by Petra Christian University-Surabaya in 2014, which in 2017 will be the 2nd. These two conferences have different position to understand the issue of sustainable environment, one from the observation of architectural sciences, and the latter from the view of social impact, which is from the users. However, these two conferences have the same root and wisdom to concern sustainability, and have the same respect to ethically responsible to the earth.

In the year 2017, these two conferences will be joined together to define broader and integrated understanding of sustainability, would be named SENIC 2017. The conference organized by the Petra Christian University will cover in four main fields: Green-Architecture and Smart-Building Sciences, Eco-Friendly Building Structures and Constructions, Greenery Building Materials, and Livable, Healthy Urban Farming and Greenery Cities.

The objective goal of the conference is to rescue thoroughly, to maintain ecologically, to balance equitably and to create brilliantly a long-lived and healthy build environment among buildings and cities.

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15 Jan 2018

19 – 21 May 2016



In Surabaya, the old city centre has rich architectural heritage, and one of them is the Dutch colonial building.  As cultural heritage, the Dutch colonial buildings certainly have values that simply as a set of positive characteristics or qualities perceived in the buildings or sites, such as historic values (association with people or events, rarity or uniqueness, material’s age, educational value), aesthetic (visual qualities and sensory experience), social (including spiritual, political, and national), and economic values (use or market).  Accordingly, value of every old building is unique, with its own identity and its own distinctive character.  Character refers to all those visual aspects and physical features that comprise the appearance of every historic building including the overall shape of the building, its materials, craftsmanship, decorative details, interior spaces and features, as well as the various aspects of its site and environment.  In today’s context and through time, however, the historic buildings have been changed to new uses and needs such as additions of air-cooling system, fire alarm systems, waters and electricity utility systems.  Subsequently, architecture students could learn from these colonial buildings of its values, and to gain knowledge about the past in the future through for conservation and design of new buildings.



Undergraduate architecture students of Petra Christian University and Tunku Abdul Rahman University, Kuala Lumpu, Malaysia.



The purpose of this workshop is to help students identify those features or elements that give the building its visual character and that should be taken into accounts in order to preserve them.  The following are the objectives:

1.    To study and analyse the visual character of the historic colonial buildings.

2.    To study and analyse what have been changed in time of the historic buildings, such as additions and removal of the building elements, and how it was conserved.

 3.    To develop collaboration with foreign education institutions, and opportunities for students to have international experience through interaction and communication with foreign students of different background.

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15 Jan 2018

20 - 25 July 2016


Kampongs in most South East Asian cities are currently known as living spaces of poor people for their survival in left over spaces in big cities. However, these kampongs have their own significant contribution to the cities in many aspects, such as history, economics and politics. Therefore, studying kampongs is not only exploring the physical condition, but also understanding their significance in terms of social condition. Understanding living spaces such as kampongs should be based on exploring physical condition, which are spaces, as social production (theory by Henri Lefebvre 1991 and Edward Soja 1996).


Regenerating kampongs as the topic of 2016 workshop means contributing and proposing architectural design based on an understanding of the kampongs’ spaces as the production of social aspect. The workshop will explore several kampongs in Surabaya that have strong history with the city of Surabaya, such as Keputran, Ampel, and Bubutan. The workshop will also provide series of lectures from architectural, social and historical point of views, including from local people of the kampongs.

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