Studio Kai 2018 by Jonathan Sutanto

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Inspired by Roy Bhaskar’s book A Realist Theory of Science, European Projects is a series of critical reality images that offers alternative to the actual object of architecture in European countries. It challenges not only status-quo of the selection of ”famous” buildings in European countries, but also the society where images are projected to the architecture. The project navigates between the thin territory of the real and surreal, critical and post-critical, original and copy, possible and plausible, cartoon and comedy, built and unbuilt, and so on.

Through of satellite imagery, the project rides recently made-public  media on Internet that used to serve political, defensive and agressive purposes such as espionage and military activity. Access of this imagery rapidly change how Internet users experience the concept of city, country, geographical to geo-political features. A new  face suddenly attached to building, and it is to serve larger audience than the physical world facilitate with constraint of distance and access in time where the concept of Europe is tested, questioned, and somehow “threatened”. European project intend to surpass the contemporary canonical or media driven elite such as the “famous”, not by being meta. It invites audience to fly out, take an angle and look back, look deeper into its faces, examines its form and space, confirm their identity.


Photos by Anja Schäfer & Marta Lozano

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Estranhando o Real – Realizando o Estranho by Jonathan Sutanto


The project  proposed reurbanisation model of Post-earthquake post-nuclear explosion post-human rural Fukushima energy plant where the architecture of hotel were speculated as form that contains complexity of political economical organization of a city. Not long after it was abandoned, domesticated wildlife and cleaning drones inhabiting the hotel as post-human character around the built environment that never been for human itself but capital market, social status-quo, economic bubble and image. Afterall, purpose of the pre-existing city was nonetheless to support production of energy.  Architecture, I’m afraid, is independent from mayhem of subjects.

Contrary to what an image of contaminated area should be like, the hotel sits in the middle of image of pristine nature, untouched, challenging contructed image of what nature really is, is it the blue sky, white cloud, greeneries and trees?  The contaminated city were left empty by humans, now turned nature-like, the street are full of trees and animals. Objects that was belong to city now can be found stranded in the middle of nature.

The works demonstrates the politics of architecture presented as series with short repeating video collaged into the images. Each segments tells different story of distinction between outside and inside of a same project, particularly on how the outside presents the image objects in nature, and inside pictures the image of data, separated from outside world.

Final Review Architecture & Urban Design 2016 by Jonathan Sutanto

Project : Non-anthropocentric Commodity was presented in July 2016 to critics and attendees of Städelschule Architecture Class end-of-year programme at the DAM (German Architecture Museum) followed by Dean’s Honorary Lecture by Bernard Tschumi.

Critics : Beatriz Colomina, Damjan Jovanovic, David Ruy, Holger Hoffmann, Johan Bettum, Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge, Mark Wigley, Mirco Becker, Oliver Tessmann, Theodore Spyropoulos, Tobias Nolte


Presentation photo credit : Bhargav Venkatasubbaiah

Big Fat Dumb Cities For Sale by Jonathan Sutanto


The village can only survive when it turns into a commodity. 
The commodity is a building with ten square kilometers of floor area.
This building is a small city.
This city is a large Hotel. 
This Hotel has ten thousand rooms. 
The rooms are as large as houses and as small as restrooms. 
The inhabitant of this building is the stranger. 
The Stranger is the one that came yesterday and will stay tomorrow.


Photo and video credit : Huey Hoong Chan

Junge Kunst mit Zukunft by Jonathan Sutanto

credit : Ernst & Young

credit : Ernst & Young

In Spring 2015, Author's project was selected as one of the Young Art with Future "Junge Kunst mit Zukunft" which annually presented in "Nacht der Museen" by Ernst & Young, Museum für angewandte Kunst Frankfurt, Städelschule & Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach. The project was acquired in benefit auction as a part of the Night of the Museum event.


  Dr. Susanne Gaensheimer, Direktorin Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main                                             Herr Fabian Schöneich, Kurator, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main                                                                                                 Herr Prof. Bernd Kracke, Präsident der Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach                                                                     Frau Barbara von Stechow, Repräsentantin Ernst & Young

Städelschule Architecture Class Rundgang 2015 by Jonathan Sutanto

Author's project exhibited in Städelschule Architecture Class Rundgang 2015 along with various work from his colleagues first year group and master thesis group.

The exhibition presents a series of physical, ‘computational objects’ in response to the overall semester theme - “Transitions”. Working in the dual fields of material and digital computation, students are exploring the relation between materials and algorithms and possible architectural implications of their methodological investigations. The exhibtion start at 13th of February 2015 to 15th of February 2016.

Jakarta Architecture Triennale 2012 by Jonathan Sutanto

Competition Entry which Author's collaborated was selected to be exhibited in Jakarta Architecture Triennale 2012 as part of Visioning Jakarta 2045 and Open Jakarta. The entry proposed a hybrid structure of Monument, Sign and Energy Plant that follows the future water and flood system in Jakarta.

Team : Priscilla Epifania, Agus Wijaya, Calvian Oscar, Jonathan Sutanto, Natasha.

Cybergardening the city 2012, Milan, Italy by Jonathan Sutanto

credit : Architectural Association

credit : Architectural Association

After ten days of intense field investigation, discussion and idea production, the work which Author collaborated were exhibited in SpazioFMG per l'Architettura as Cybericotta.

The group was focusing on how to Cybergarden the Parco Sud of Milano by slow-processing the food on cheese making culture. The result is 1:1 installation that represent flows of entropical energy from farm in the periphery to the city of Milan.

Indonesian Architecture Public Exhibition 2012, Den Haag, Netherland by Jonathan Sutanto

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Author's project, Night Wing Project was featured in Indonesian Architecture Public Exhibition in Den Haag, Netherland 2012. Exhibition is arranged by Indonesian Institute of Architects European Union Chapter.

Night wing is first of two project in fourth academic year in Universitas Tarumanagara, Jakarta. Urban bats research facility & researcher's resident in narrow building slot. (Selected Entry of Student Work)