Slow living as an Alternative Response to Modern Life

Shinta Ardiana Sari, Yulia Nurliani Lukito


For most people in modern society, acceleration has become a basic need. However, it has negative effects toward an individual, social and nature. Slow living is a response to the high speed of modern life by creating slowness as a negotiation to acceleration, thus enhancing individual and community’s quality of life and the quality of the environment. This paper aims to analyze the possibility of applying the idea of slow living. This analysis will focus on the characteristic of places that are able to implement the idea of slow living through literature study and observation of tourism area, Bali Island, Indonesia.  There are four principles of slow living: slowness and right tempo, social, locality, and ecology. The idea of slow living is related to the process of awareness focusing on the concept of time in the spatial dimension. Before the idea of slow living materialize into a physical space, it will emerge in a pattern of event and space of everyday life. In order to create this idea, there should be the implementation of social space for community livability, slow architecture, and sustainability architecture. As a study case, this paper discusses two villages in Bali that show locality, and the implementation of slow architecture and sustainability in their environment which create harmony between people and nature in everyday life

Keywords—locality, modern life, slow living, sustainable architecture

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