|Opening presentation from Prof. Martyn Hook
The Danes Art Veranda became the venue for Architects Under Big 3’s Symposium on the topic of the future of Ubud. The subject has been tackled head on many times before in the past, but this year, Students from RMIT University and Udayana University have taken it upon themselves to try and understand how future developments of this once idyllic village of Ubud will unfold.
The Symposium began with a short introduction from Charles Dewanto, the leader of the Future Ubud workshop , explaining the purpose of the symposium and encouraging the participating students to absorb as much as they can and interact with the speaker.
Following on from Charles was a presentation from Professor Martyn Hook, who began with a break down of RMIT’s principles. Using these analysis and design principles, Martyn Hook broke down various projects from around the globe that could fundamentally help carve a path to a better Future for Ubud.
|(Left to right) The Speaker : Made Wijaya, Budiman Hendropurnomo, Agung Arya, Ketut Yuliarsa, Sugi Lanus
From an individual who repurposes space, the next guest speaker was Agung Arya, a user of space. As a Ubundian, he presented a series of images and stories about the unfortunate transformation of the village, while expressing himself on matters such as tourists, over and underdevelopment, and transportation.
Ketut Yuliarsa, a well known musician and writer both in Indonesia and Australia, artfully described the transformation of Ubud in a poem through the eyes of a local farmer. The reading encapsulated the local state of mind, questioning the future and rejecting the present state.
Budiman Hendropurnomo presented the works of Denton Corker Marshall, which range from large scale Jakarta commercial buildings while also explaining their projects in Bali. The project that tied in with the theme of Ubud was their project for Maya resort and spa.
Guest speaker Made Wijaya took the audience on a condensed but much needed journey through the past. Stressing that ancient and traditional architecture must be referenced in today’s designs, he humorously showed negative examples to help identify what he thinks one should not do.
The final guest speaker was Sugi Lanus, a manuscript expert and culture enthusiast. He made a clear statement that here in Indonesia, Money can get what you want, which is a negative aspect for development that allows people with terrible ideas to implement them. He finished by enforcing the fact that Ubud and Bali is a place for rituals and no ‘aliens’ should deny their wish to remain that way.
|The speaker with Popo Danes, Prof.Martyn Hook and Charles Dewanto