Humans and Sustainability by @satria__ap
We thought sustainable is a system before that maintain the building by the sustainable factor. Moreover, the research developed variously integrated technology-driven that proven that building consumption was dramatically reduced. But they were unexpectedly expensive somehow to be adapted, especially in a developing country like Indonesia. Then I tried to research the more affordable solution that it also could be adapted by other countries. As I mentioned in February task, I’m very positive that human is the main of everything to solve something. The behavioral science that clearly explained by John Lang in his book “Creating Architectural Theory” that humans were the first to think before we develop a solution to humans problem itself.
To accompanying that statement, the book titled “Wastu Citra” written by Indonesian architect YB Mangunwijaya is a good base for relating human psychology and cultures as sustainability goals. We don’t talk about the big goals in SDG, but it is the simple, yet important thing before everything. Human, when we realize it deeply, the human is the destroyer of the world itself and also the builder. Everything we do will lead to something. And it proved clearly by the history that recorded. For example the Pruitt Igoe case in 1954. The imperious project that resulted in a disaster. The human appetence to prove their power was overwhelming. We tried to achieve something that we don’t understand that it will lead to ruin. We already are reminded by God -Allah in Islam- in the Holy Qur’an in Al-Hajj verse 48 that said “And for how many a city did I prolong enjoyment while it was committing wrong. Then I seized it, and to Me is the [final] destination.” Why did I mention a religious source? We did forget to include peace of mind and science in knowledge development so we resulted in science without life-meaning.
Back to Wastu Citra, for me, this book was completing the architectural base that taught over a century that narrated by Vitruvius. Architecture isn’t only about firmitas, venustas, utilitas. Mangunwijaya taught an insight about Guna (propose/power) and Citra (image) that I think it was deeper than Vitruvius did. When we try to design something we think about its purpose and its visual. For the meaning of the original word does not only mean beneficial, material gain, but more than that it has the “Guna” that causes us to live more lives. While the element “Citra” as a “picture” (image), an impression of appreciation that captures “meaning” for someone. The image is not far from use, but it is more of a spiritual level, more concerned with the degree and dignity of the people who inhabit the building. So as it should be in sustainable goals. We need to think more about every reason in designing something comprehensively till the most little think to affect, especially to human and the earth.