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the Cover Story for ARCHINESIA#14, we display our reportage from the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale for our readers, starting with a brief history of the Venice Architecture Biennale to a coverage on the new participant of the Biennale, namely the Holy See which exhibited“Vatican Chapels” within a separate island. We also appreciated the national pavilions of Southeast Asian countries which took the stage in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Among them were Indonesia with the Sunyata Pavilion, which answered the theme of Freespace through a meditation of empty spaces found even in its traditional houses, and Singapore with the pavilion titled “No More Free Space?” which offered solutions to the lack of space for socialising.

Aside from the euphoria of the Venic Architecture Biennale, we regularly present selected architectural projects, including an airport in Banyuwangi by andramatin and a house renovation by Ta Cha Design that not only changed the physical appearance, but also delivered a solution that was fitting to its context. In the same section, we present Alexander Furunes and Locssin’s work, a community centre and shelter built through participatory design. We hope that the design process, which we outlined, could be useful for readers who intend to aid victims of natural disasters— which recently happened in Southeast Asia—based on architectural knowledge.

For our Insight profile, we chose the figure of Ridwan Kamil who is currently serving as a Head of State as the Governor of the West Java Province. Ridwan Kamil has an educational background in architecture. He was also a practicing architect and the owner of the office Urbane Indonesia. After a lengthy practice as an architect, he took the political route with the aim of improving regions, not only through practice but also through policy. We took this interview opportunity to digdeeper about how to manifest a love ofarchitecture to improve people’s lives through town and regional planning. At the end of the interview, Ridwan Kamil also delivers a reflective message for our readers amidst the busy tumult of the architectural profession.

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