Cisoka, located within Citengah Village, South Sumedang Regency, West Java, specifically situated 6.5 km in South-East Citengah Village and 15km in South-East Sumedang. Furthermore, it also positioned on 6°55 South Latitude and 107°58 East Longitude.

As one of the hamlet that located within Citengah Village, Cisoka which has around 30 households, possesses several potentials and limitations that can be subjects of study and implementation through collaboration with Architecture Study Program of ITB.

Some of Cisoka’s and its surroundings’ potentials are:

  1. Being located at 1100 masl, Cisoka is a suitable ground for tea and Arabica coffee cultivation
  2. Has beautiful panorama of hills and forests which still remain natural
  3. The forests which located nearby produce Albasia Wood, Bamboo, Ijuk and the river has volcanic river stone which usually used by local inhabitant for basic materials for construction
  4. Surrounded by several natural and man-made tourist attractions that are still being developed, includes waterfalls, Japan’s relic cave, Java Eagle Immigration Area, Off-Road Track, Water Tubing at some of the rivers, Tea-walk, and many more.
  5. The hamlet is oftentimes visited by students to initiate an environmental and adventure activity, it is also an off-road track from Limbangan Village,Garut to Sumedang.

However, besides its potentials, Cisoka still has several limitations which are:

  1. Cisoka still lacks proper electricity that commonly runs from PLN, even though Cisoka only 10km away from Citengah Village which already has it. For now, to produce electricity, the local inhabitants are using small diesel generator and photovoltaic panels which mostly not working well.
  2. The path towards Cisoka from Citengah Village mostly ruined hindering transportation flow
  3. Cisoka has not had any proper clean water distribution and management. It has several sources of natural water from the mountain but has not been utilized effectively. In addition, the water sanitation has not met the standard as well.
  4. The local inhabitants still incapable of developing Cisoka’s potentials to the most as they do not have any capacity, for instance, to produce tea or coffee beans, farming or other kinds of natural resources for their well-being by themselves.

Based on the discussion with Head of Citengah Village on 10 April 2016, Architecture Study Program of ITB and Head of Citengah Village has the same concern and agreed to cooperate in establishing a gradual and planned collaboration that could make a direct impact to the society. Particularly, for Cisoka local inhabitant, the contribution from Architecture Study Program of ITB, including knowledge sharing and direct engagement will accelerate Cisoka’s development. Furthermore, the collaboration also will accommodate the researchers and students to implement the fruit of their study, for instance, research, prototype, methods directly in the area. The collaboration is expected to be a field lab that situated in the village which could cultivate other researchers that could be benefiting the society directly.


Summer Camp 2018 offers students the opportunity to experience and to investigate how architecture design can contribute to the development of sustainable design in a remote village. The integrative approach combines ideas on off-grid and sustainable strategies using local materials with appropriate implementation of technologies. This strategy will be executed through a review of environmental problems arising from the existing condition of Dusun Cisoka. The solution of the environmental problems can be solved by the development and establishment of infrastructure management system that create an independent and sustainable rural environment.


Lectures will be held during the first week of the program and given by prominent speakers, including:

Dr.-Ing. Andry Widyowijatnoko ST, MT | Architecture – Institut Teknologi Bandung
Dr. Eng. Mochamad Donny Koerniawan ST,MT | Architecture – Institut Teknologi Bandung
Dr. Delik Hudalah ST, MT, M.Sc. | Planning – Institut Teknologi Bandung
Dr. Ir. Dwina Roosmini MS | Environmental Engineering – Institut Teknologi Bandung
Regional Development Planning Board West Java (BAPPEDA)
Regional Natural Conservation Agency West Java (BKSDA)


Summercamp 2018 program consist of Lectures, Studio Workshop, and Field workshop. Lectures will give the participant the background and brief knowledge regarding the Cisoka. Studio workshop will consist of 3 group which each will have different problem to solve. Both will be held in Institut Teknologi Bandung. Field workshop will be held in the Cisoka village where a shelter will be built and mapping will be held.


Water Oriented Planning Lectures

Lectures will be held during the first week of the program. The topics consist of
a. Community development and participatory research in Cisoka village by Mitra Desa
b. Cisoka as a water catchment area by BAPPEDA and BKSDA
c. Rural and bamboo construction by Andry Widyowijatnoko
d. Participatory approach by IMA Gunadharma
e. Cisoka background by Summercamp committee

Forum Group Discussion

First group in Studio workshop, Planning Discussion will discuss the macro-scale problem in Cisoka and its surrounding region. The topic for the discussion is the water catchment function of Cisoka and its surrounding region. As Cisoka village was built on a water catchment area, it gives certain impact to the lower region of Cimanuk watershed. Meanwhile, people of Cisoka village have been attached into this area. Forum group discussion could discuss about this condition;
- What is the larger perspective this water catchment problem in Cimanuk watershed?
- How this problem could take place in Cisoka?
- What is the impact of Cisoka development to its surrounding?
- What are the social effects if relocation was done?
- Is there any other solution for this condition?
The output for forum group discussion could be consist of:
- SWOT analysis of Cisoka village and water catchment area problem
- Recommendation in regional planning
- Community Action Plan
- Site observation plan
First two outputs could be used for a further research and planning regarding Cisoka and its surrounding. The third output will be used for observation during the field workshop.

Integrated Shelter and 'Balong' Design

Second group, Design group will discuss a micro-scale example of building in Cisoka village. Some resident in Cisoka Village have balong in the back of their house. It is a water pond that collects rain water and grey water from bath and kitchen, before spills to the stream. In some cases, people combined it for fish ponds or collecting black water from toilet. Many of this balong were neglected due to drought and bad design. Previous discussion with the resident suggest that having a better balong would be preferable.
Design group will be given a task to redesign a built shelter which currently seldom visited by resident. It was the shelter from Summercamp 2017. Design group should integrate the function of the shelter and a balong as retention pond. The output of design group could be: Integrated shelter + balong design.

Water Distribution System

Third group, The Engineering group will discuss the meso-scale problem in Cisoka village, especially regarding water management. Cisoka village also has problem of water management. The clean water they used is from 3 water spring in the mountain. With their limited fund and knowledge, the design of water distribution was poor. It has problem from low water output into each home, inefficient distribution, and poor hygiene water due to bad distribution. Engineering group could discuss and suggest the solution for this problem;
- Design of water reservoir
- Water distribution system

Socio-environmental Mapping

In the Field Workshop, participant will be divided into two groups: Mapping group and Construction Group. Mapping group will observe and survey the Cisoka Village and its surrounding. The observation and survey will be done to recheck the existing condition with the analysis and the solution came up by the Planning group and the Engineering group during the studio workshop. The result from the observation will be used to update the analysis and the solution.

Field Construction

Construction group will be involved on constructing the shelter. They will be helped by the local people and professional construction worker. Construction will be limited by the time and the budget, the rest of the design plan could be constructed by the people later. Student will learn about the pragmatic approach that could alter the design process.



01/08/18 02/08/18 03/08/18 04/08/18
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
Opening & Workshop Lectures and Workshop Lectures and Workshop Pin Up, Technical Meeting


05/08/18 06/08/18 07/08/18 08/08/18 09/08/18 10/08/18 11/08/18
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11
Mobilization Bandung – Cisoka (Sumedang) Field Workshop, Construction Field Workshop, Construction Field Workshop, Construction Field Workshop, Construction Refreshing, Outbond Closing, Mobilization Cisoka (Sumedang)  – Bandung


Please contact:

Adhitya Rizky Isnandya

Architecture Program, Institut Teknologi Bandung

Phone : +62 813 2145 6769