Monthly Archives: January 2011

TCP AsPac Summit 2011 Group Photo

In previous posts, I’ve mentioned about participating in The Climate Project Asia-Pacific Summit 2011. Here’s one of the group photos with Al Gore. The one with me in it, too, of course 😀 (upper row, fifth from the right, shabby hair, wearing black).


Photo Credit: Farishad Latjuba/The Climate Project Indonesia

More group photos of that event can be viewed at The Climate Project Indonesia’s Flickr album.

Small Balls, Big Balls

I think the first time I saw this image was during The Climate Project Asia Pacific Summit 2011 in Jakarta, early January 2011. But then I saw this again recently, while watching Janine Benyus’ TED talk 2009 online and I am still amazed by it.

Global water and air volume

Image credits: Dr. Adam Neiman and The Science Photo Library

The balls on the left shows the comparison of the earth volume and the volume of water; while the small ball on the right show the volume of air. These images show how obviously finite our water and air supplies are. To quote Benyus,

Living organisms that have lived and evolved for billions of years have figured out ways to have their genetic materials remain without destroying the place that gives them life. We, human beings, are among the youngest species on earth – we should learn from them, firstly by quieting our cleverness and starting to be their apprentices.

Now, think about how we would conduct our daily lives and produce things without taking away the rights of our next generations to live on a life-giving earth.

[klipping] Fight Climate Change with Bamboo!

An article from World Bamboo:

In addition to providing livelihoods for people, bamboo forests would be an invaluable weapon against carbon dioxide (CO2), the principal greenhouse gas, through photosynthesis, INBAR said.
Some species of bamboo can suck up CO2 at least as fast as Chinese fir and eucalyptus, among the swiftest-growing commercial species of trees, according to a scientific report presented last month.
In addition, bamboo roots reduce soil erosion, preventing hillsides and riverbanks from washing away in floods and landslides.

Bamboo Modular Furniture for Post-Disaster Shelters

This furniture set is a graduation project at the Industrial/Product Design Section of the Faculty of Arts and Design at Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Indonesia. The student (now designer/fresh graduate), Artha Sanjaya, has been interested in exploring bamboo in the recent years of his study at ITB. His project concerns not only the ‘new’ treatment to bamboo as a constructional material, but also how bamboo can be quickly acquired, built and used in a post-disaster condition (provided the availability of abundant bamboo groves). Artha has conducted a number of experiments in forming bamboo for construction purposes; he also contacted an Indian designer whose construction type “Truss Me” inspired him, who allowed him to develop and modify the treatments and applications.

Following are a number of slides from Artha’s materials that were presented during his project defence.


A slide that shows the results of his experiments and a brief analysis that ends up in the choice of construction variation.


Samples of sketches in the process of determining the forms and assembling phases of the products (a set of furniture for temporary shelters)

Final Design

Here are the variations he came up with. Below at the left handside is the basic module, which, after assembling, can be formed into shelves, a table and a low bed.

Building prototypes

In building the prototypes, Artha was assisted by a local bamboo craftsman. These photos show a bit of the process.


Artha also included a booklet that includes a guideline in how to build the furniture.

Artha graduated with a satisfactory grade in 2010. He currently lives and works in Bandung.


Scribbles: The Climate Project Asia-Pacific Summit 2011

The most exciting occurrence that kicked 2011 for me was being participating in The Climate Project Asia-Pacific Summit that was held in Jakarta for three days. Al Gore himself came, spoke and trained us about climate change, its consequences and solutions. His team also gave us comprehensive materials concerning the science of climate change, also the arts of presenting yourself and your materials in order to be able to relay the important messages to your audience.

I might run over that subject some other time, but this time I’m just going to put a link to scribbles I’ve made during the sessions. This scribbling is a habit I have ever since I attended school, of course in different forms; the styles have been evolving. I drew these while listening to all speakers (except when we were told to do activities), so some things might not be comprehensible unless you were in the same room with me those days. Here’s the link to all 23 pages: The Climate Project Asia-Pacific Summit 2001 Scribbles.

Such is the look of the sketches

Each segment has its own story, that’s why it might take a long while to explain everything. But you are very welcome to ask.