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Cerita Inspirasi dari Orang Lain

September16

Nama : Oldiazka Syahrida

NRP : A44100046

Laskar : 8

Cerita inspiratif ini saya dapat dari ibu saya. Ibu saya adalah seorang ibu yang bekerja. Suatu hari saat perjalanan menuju kantor, ada perempatan lampu merah dan di situ banyak sekali pengemis dan peminta – minta. Ada hal menarik di sini, ada seorang pengemis laki – laki umurnya kira – kira 40 tahunan ia mengalami (maaf) cacat di tangan dan kaki yang mengharuskannya menggunakan tongkat untuk menyangga tubuhnya. Laki – laki berwajah teduh ini, ia selalu menebar senyum lebar dan mendoakan orang – orang yang memberikan uang kepadanya. Tak tampak keluhan darinya, baik dari raut wajah atau perkataannya. Karena seringnya ibu saya bertemu dengannya, ibu saya menjadi lebih sering ngobrol dengannya. Kata – kata yang ia ucapkan tak menampakkan ia begitu menderita dan menyesali hidupnya yang hanya sebagai pengemis atau karena cacat tubuhnya. Malah yang ia sering melontarkan kata – kata syukur dan terlihat ia begitu nrimo. Ia juga bercerita bahwa ia mempunyai anak, dan anak – anaknya bersekolah semua dan cita – citanya ia ingin menyekolahkan anak – anak sampai ke jenjang yang tinggi. Walau ia dalam keadaan kekurangan, ia akan berusaha mewujudkan cita – citanya.

Ibu saya sedikit heran, mengapa orang ini bersikap demikian. Ia berkata bahwa kuncinya adalah bersyukur atas apa yang ada, yang buruk menurut kita belum tentu buruk untuk kita bisa jadi itu yang terbaik untuk kita. Ia pun terus berusaha yang terbaik, dan menyerahkan hasilnya kepada Allah. Ibu saya menceritakan hal ini pada saya. Hal ini membuat saya malu kepada diri saya sendiri dan pada Allah. Begitu banyak memberikan nikmat-Nya namun tak jarang saya mengingkari-Nya. Bapak ini begitu berbesar hati menerima keputusan dan ketetapan Allah untuknya. Pelajaran bisa di dapat di mana saja tak hanya di bangku sekolah, namun jalanan juga mampu menjadi sarana yang baik untuk belajar, belajar tentang hidup.

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Cerita Inspirasi

September16

Nama : Oldiazka Syahrida

NRP : A44100046

Laskar : 8

Cerita ini adalah salah satu pengalaman yang menginspirasi saya. Di lingkungan saya ada seorang anak laki – laki yang usianya 13 tahun. Namun ia sedikit berbeda dengan anak lainnya, karena ia (maaf) memiliki keterbelakangan mental sejak lahir. Sikapnya sering iseng dan nyeleneh namun ia tidak bermaksud buruk, ia hanya ingin di terima apa adanya. Ia sering menjadi bahan olok – olok anak – anak sebayanya. Tak jarang ia menerima perlakuan buruk, misalnya ketika ia di suruh melakukan sesuatu namun ia tak lakukan maka ia akan di pukul. Ia pun tak kuasa untuk melawannya. Makin lama perlakuan yang ia terima semakin melampaui batas. Melihat hal itu ibu saya tak tega, beliau mengajaknya ke rumah untuk sekedar ngobrol atau memberinya kue – kue kecil. Karena sering datang ke rumah, saya menjadi lebih mengenalnya. Saya menjadi lebih sering ngobrol dengannya, dan ia pun menjadi lebih terbuka kepada orang lain.

Suatu saat ia mengalami masalah, awalnya salah paham namun kelamaan ia malah di tuduh menjadi biang masalah tersebut. Lagi – lagi ia menjadi sasaran perlakuan buruk. Sekitar sebulan masalah tersebut mnemui titik temu, dan terbukti ia memang tak bersalah. Orang – orang yang memperlakukan ia dengan kurang baik pun akhirnya meminta maaf. Ia tak pernah dendam dengan perlakuan orang – orang terhadapnya. Di sekitar rumah saya ada sebuah masjid dan ia sering sekali membantu bersih – bersih. Lama kelamaan orang – orang yang meperlakukan kurang baik kepadanya pun mulai menerimanya dan mulai memperlakukannya dengan baik. Kini ia menjadi anak yang terbuka dan periang. Mungkin ia buah kesabarannya atas apa yang ia alami. Perubahan sikap orang – orang di sekitarnya mendukung perubahannya menjadi lebih baik.

Yang bisa saya petik dari kisah ini adalah Allah Maha Pengasih dan Penyayang, Ia tidak pernah membeda – bedakan umat-Nya. Saat Ia memberi kekurangan pada makhluk-Nya, Ia pun memberi kelebihan padanya. Kemudian pelajaran yang lainnya adalah tentang kesabaran. Kesabaran walaupun pahit berbuah manis. Ketika anak laki – laki ini di fitnah, di olok – olok di perlakukan tak baik ia tetap sabar. Buah kesabarannya adalah ia diterima apa adanya, dan mendapat perlakuan yang seharusnya ia peroleh.

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Landscape Architecture

July29

badge ipbLandscape architecture is the design of outdoor and public spaces to achieve environmental, socio-behavioral, and/or aesthetic outcomes. It involves the systematic investigation of existing social, ecological, and geological conditions and processes in the landscape, and the design of interventions that will produce the desired outcome. The scope of the profession includes: urban design; site planning; town or urban planning; environmental restoration; parks and recreation planning; visual resource management; green infrastructure planning and provision; and private estate and residence landscape master planning and design; all at varying scales of design, planning and management. A practitioner in the profession of landscape architecture is called a landscape architect.

History of landscape architecture

For the period before 1800, the history of landscape gardening (later called landscape architecture) is largely that of master planning and garden design for manor houses, palaces and royal properties, religious complexes, and centers of government. An example is the extensive work by André Le Nôtre at Vaux-le-Vicomte and for King Louis XIV of France at the Palace of Versailles. The first person to write of “making” a landscape was Joseph Addison in 1712. The term “landscape architecture” was invented by Gilbert Laing Meason in 1828 and was first used as a professional title by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1863. During the latter nineteenth century, the term “landscape architect” became used by professional people who designed landscapes. This use of “landscape architect” became established after Frederick Law Olmsted and Beatrix Farrand with others founded the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) in 1899, and with the 1949 founding of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA).

Through the 19th century, urban planning became a more important need. The combination of the tradition of landscape gardening and emerging city planning that gave Landscape Architecture its unique focus to serve these needs. In the second half of the century, Frederick Law Olmsted completed a series of parks which continue to have a huge influence on the practices of Landscape Architecture today. Among these were Central Park in New York City, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York and Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system. Jens Jensen designed sophisticated and naturalistic urban and regional parks for Chicago, Illinois, and private estates for the Ford family including Fair Lane and Gaukler Point. One of the original ten founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and the only woman, was Beatrix Farrand. She was design consultant for over a dozen universities including: Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey; Yale in New Haven, Connecticut; and the Arnold Arboretum for Harvard in Boston, Massachusetts. Her numerous private estate projects include the landmark Dumbarton Oaks in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Landscape architecture continues to develop as a design discipline, and responded to the various movements in architecture and design through the 20th century. Thomas Church was a mid-century landscape architect significant in the profession. His book “Gardens Are For People,” and numerous campus master planning and residential design projects influenced environmental design in California, and so the country. Roberto Burle Marx in Brazil combined the International style and native Brazilian plants and culture for a new aesthetic. Innovation continues today solving challenging problems with contemporary design solutions for master planning, landscapes, and gardens. Two examples of current practice are Martha Schwartz based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, and by the Dutch design group (West 8) based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Ian McHarg is considered an important influence on the modern Landscape Architecture profession and land planning in particular. With his book “Design with Nature”, he popularized a system of analyzing the layers of a site in order to compile a complete understanding of the qualitative attributes of a place. This system became the foundation of today’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS). McHarg would give every qualitative aspect of the site a layer, such as the history, hydrology, topography, vegetation, etc. GIS software is ubiquitously used in the landscape architecture profession today to analyze materials in and on the Earth’s surface and is similarly used by Urban Planners, Geographers, Forestry and Natural Resources professionals, etc. Other internationally recognized practitioners include Alain de Rogaine in Paris, Yuishi Kogazawa in Kyoto and Camille Kelly in Sydney.

Responsibilities

Landscape architecture is a multi-disciplinary field, incorporating aspects of: botany, horticulture, the fine arts, architecture, industrial design, geology and the earth sciences, environmental psychology, and ecology. The activities of a landscape architect can range from the creation of public parks and parkways to site planning for campuses and corporate office parks, from the design of residential estates to the design of civil infrastructure and the management of large wilderness areas or reclamation of degraded landscapes such as mines or landfills. Landscape architects work on all types of structures and external space – large or small, urban, suburban and rural, and with “hard” (built) and “soft” (planted) materials, while integrating ecological sustainability. The most valuable contribution can be made at the first stage of a project to generate ideas with technical understanding and creative flair for the design, organization, and use of spaces. The landscape architect can conceive the overall concept and prepare the master plan, from which detailed design drawings and technical specifications are prepared. They can also review proposals to authorize and supervise contracts for the construction work. Other skills include preparing design impact assessments, conducting environmental assessments and audits, and serving as an expert witness at inquiries on land use issues. They can also support and prepare applications for capital and revenue funding grants.

In some states, provinces, municipalities, and jurisdictions, such as Ontario, Canada and Santa Barbara, California, all designs for public space must be reviewed and approved by licensed landscape architects.

The breadth of the professional task that landscape architects collaborate on is very broad, but some examples of project types include:

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