2019 Travelling Studio Indonesia

Studio Leaders: Dr. Amanda Achmadi and Dr. Sidh Sintusingha

in collaboration with the University of Stuttgart (Germany) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB, Indonesia)

Pre-travel studios and post travel design critique will involve academics from InfUR research hub, fieldwork and studio program in Indonesia will include participation of leading Indonesian architects, urban designers and urban planners


This studio facilitates synergies between research, teaching and practice in the fields of architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. It is built on an interdisciplinary teaching and learning approaches, bringing together the staff and students of the Melbourne School of Design, Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia), and the University of Stuttgart’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning (Germany), three academic institutions with established expertise on the topic of informal urbanism. The three institutions’ collective international engagements will expose students to cross-cultural and global discourses on the topic and their translations in design engagement. This exposure will assist our students in understanding and responding to informal urbanism
as a global phenomenon. In the studio students will undertake two interrelated activities:

  • firstly, a survey and analysis of key contested urban riverscapes in three Indonesian cities which have showcased contrasting developments in dealing with informal urban formations, ranging from forced eviction, relocation/resettlement, to the more inclusive in-situ upgrading;
  • secondly, a design project focusing on one of these locations.

In the survey stage, students will critically observe and map contrasting urban morphologies and conditions that are situated along the urban riverscapes of the city of Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta where formal and informal urban developments have long co-existed. The three cities are located in Java, the most urbanized island in the world and one with a long and rich cultural history. The design project will focus on Bandung, the provincial capital of West Java where intensifying urban renewal and gentrification have gained momentum in recent years. These have situated riverside informal settlements, public green open space, tourist development, and high density upper middle-class housing developments as seemingly competing urban ingredients.

The studio will then address the question “How can we envision the in-between city?” The design project will explore how a more inclusive urbanism can be created or initiated through considered spatial and constructed configurations in selected sites along the
contested Cikapundung riverscape, a prominent green urban corridor lined with dense informal settlements, by integrating architectural, urban design and landscape architecture interventions. Anticipated ranges and scales of design intervention:

  • Mixed use building (residential and appropriate commercial program);
  • Civic building (library/market/community centre/educational facility);
  • Neighbourhood activations (green and communal open space infrastructure);
  • Network of public open space and urban amenity.

All design interventions will be considered, developed, and refined as a material, social, and environmental system.The studio attracts students who are interested in urban architectural and landscape design, urban design thinking, Asian urbanism, urban informality and socio-cultural sustainability. Expertise on these aspects is not mandatory but desired. Basic information and communication of principles related to such fields will be covered in the pre-fieldwork component of the studio.


Info sessions:

Friday 1 March9-10amMSD Studio C/D/E ballot session in Theatre B117
Friday 8 March12-12.30pmJapanese Room, 4th Floor MSD Building

Applications close: 13 May 2019
Teaching Start Date: 03 September 2019
Subject census date: 20 September 2019
Overseas travel dates:  27 September - 10 October 2019 
Teaching End Date: 27 October 2019 
Final submission/presentation: 20 November 2019
OH&S information session: TBA

To Apply:

Applicants will be assessed and selected based on academic merit, a 500 word expression of interest, design folio and interview.

To apply, go to the EDSC Travelling Studios page at and click the ‘Travelling Studio Application Form’. Complete all mandatory fields and submit by 13 May 2019.

You may provisionally enrol in ABPL90260 Travelling Studio (Indonesia) via your Student portal on opening of re-enrolment.

You will be informed of the application outcome via your University of Melbourne email account.

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