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The Evolution of Rubber Proficiency in the village of Dosan, Central Sumatra by ckokarev
February 18, 2017, 5:42 pm
Filed under: 2016-17

The project attempts to propose a strategy which will enable the villagers of Dosan to better preserve their remaining indigenous lands through economic growth and prosperity, by analysing the existing landscape and spatially facilitating the means for this strategy to be deployed. The prospect of economic growth lies within the latent rubber production in the area. The key objective is to facilitate the means of sharing knowledge, technology and managerial expertise about rubber production – which spatially means creating spaces of agglomeration where this sharing can happen to the most efficient extent. Ideally, in the future the rubber farming community can detach from monoculture cultivation of both palm oil but also rubber as a raw material. It is important that as an outcome of the strategy the output of the harvesting practices gains economic value and reinforces the indigenous, cultural values the community possesses within their lands.

The design will seek to create an intervention through understanding both the physical and metaphysical divisions of the landscape – the river, the natural forest (indigenous land and home of the spirits), the road as the spine of the village and the oil palm plantations. As the project aspires to create spatial points of focus for better communication and sharing of knowledge and technologies within the rubber producing community, the design will not rely on the conventional notion of “a centre”, as in a point in the middle, but instead, for example use the village road to create a linear, fluid centre, which can with the help of the architectural intervention and/or a piece of technology be implemented to bypass the hindrances of communication and production brought by physical distance and low density living.

The design will follow some of the traditional building guidelines of the ethnic Malay community of Dosan, use both traditional materials and introduce new materials for construction (like rubber) and rethink how the different divisions of the landscape can be used together to create new kinds of central nodes without creating further distress to the indigenous lands of the Dosan community.

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The text is clear in the project scope. It can still improve in that point to mention one or two phrases about transiting between one resource plantation and another. Could the craft of rubber rather it’s selling as a base crude material be explored it further?

Also I think at this point you can and should write more about the idea of being alongside the road and its relation to the nearby forest, road and perhaps river if pertinent. That will help a site/plan and political and logistic discussion of the project in relation to a low density area. But it will also ground what at the moment is called metaphysical in your text, but can be used to describe how they build, orient, and inhabit the landscape. Plan has a very political aspect due to its organisational and ‘strategic’ qualities. Explore it more.

After that work on the plan now with more visibility and resolution between road, forest, river and your starting arrangement (many small buildings, one fragmented one or one single mass, etc).

Push that for Tuesday plus what we discussed before, it will help clarify the overal scope of project and design for crit and beyond.

Good luck!

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