UNS Students seize UI AFAIR Championship 2020

Pandu Nazarrusadi, Ramzy Aprialzy, and Rendra Kusuma get the runner-up position. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Solo – The beginning of 2020 is starting off actively with achievements of students from the Architecture Study Program, Faculty of Engineering (FT), Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS) in Architecture UI Fair (AFAIR) championship, held in the Architecture Department of Universitas Indonesia (UI) on Friday (17/01/2020). 

Through a competition in design to overcome problems faced by Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) users, a group of students of Architecture Study Program FT UNS, consisting of Pandu Nazarrusadi, Ramzy Aprialzy, and Rendra Kusuma, has successfully won the runner-up position. 

“From all competitors, in the big 5 there we were, representing UNS, a team from Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Yogyakarta, Universitas Katolik Atma Jaya Yogyakarta (UAJY), Universitas Teknologi Yogyakarta (UTY), and another representative from Jakarta, namely Universitas Tarumanegara (Untar). We got the runner-up position,” said Pandu Nazarrusadi. 

In the competition organized by the Association of Architecture Student UI, the three students of UNS establish a new concept entitled “Halo: Safe Havens for a Busy City” as an effort to make train users, especially MRT passengers, feel comfortable during their travels. 

“The case given was how to address the condition and habit of the commuters (or MRT users) in this case MRT, as a new blooming transportation mode. Our design is thematic and modular, which means this design can be applied anywhere contextually, depending on the chosen location,” Pandu added. 

When asked about the reason for the selection of the title “Halo: Save Havens for a Busy City” Pandu answered that “Halo” is an illustration of angel’s ring (ring halo), that aims to reduce the potential for burnout experienced by MRT users, needing to be detoxified. 

“Our title ‘Halo’ describes its shape that looks like an angel’s halo. Therefore, the objective was to transform commuters who spend their time inside the Halo to be less stressed, depressed, or to detoxify them (stress, depression, both physical and psychological) within the commuters.” 

Pandu also explained that the design of “Halo: Safe Havens for a Busy City” consists of four types. One of the ‘Halo” rooms is designed for the commuter to eat and rest. 

“The ‘Halo’ room is designed for 4 types. First, the Halo, Let’s Talk room is a place to meet and converse as well as private room. Second, ‘Halo, Let’s Eat is a place to eat, rest, and relax. Third, Halo, Let’s Watch is an exhibition and display space, and the last, Halo, Let’s Listen is a music area,” he explained. 

Further, the students expect that the Halo design can help anticipate passenger density on the train, especially in the MRT. “Moreover, we try to anticipate the condition in MRT, ideally less severe than the condition in KRL,” Pandu stated. (*/est)