Introduction + Index

Welcome and thanks for visiting my Medium page!

I. About Me

Hello! I’m Aushaf — an aspiring writer based in Melbourne, Australia.

If you know me well, you know I spend a ridiculous amount of time pondering what it means to be human. I don’t know why I’m so bothered by that question, but it’s the main driving force behind all my endeavors, personal and professional alike — that includes my writing.

To that end, I learn Philosophy and Psychology like there’s no tomorrow. My goal is to present you with a well-constructed perspective on the human condition, so you’ll see a lot of these two subjects across my work.

I also write about Urbanism every so often, because that’s what I studied during my undergrad. Articles on this topic will still have a focus on humans because cities are the agglomeration of human life. Did you know that the global urban population has surpassed its rural counterpart since 2007? For what it’s worth, cities are now the most human place on earth.

You can expect my writing to revolve around those topics, with some miscellaneous pieces here and there. Most of them will be research-backed, drawing from authoritative sources. However, sometimes I also write fully from my own experiences and opinions, or from pop-culture references — because not everything has to be so serious, right?

Exhibit A: A wild Aushaf in its natural habitat.

Some trivia about myself:

  • My name is pronounced like “Joseph,” but remove the “J” and change the “E” to an “A” (that’s the name I often get on my Starbucks cup: Osaph — sometimes Ossuf or Oshav, which are all ridiculous).
  • Or you can just call me Oz, as in The Wizard of Oz.
  • During my spare time, I like to play guitar, go photo-hunting with my film camera (#filmisnotdead!), and binge-watch Netflix shows.
  • I have zero talent in music, but it’s one of the things I cherish the most in this world. My favorite band is Sigur Rós.
  • I enjoy all sorts of books, from boring philosophy texts to high-octane shōnen mangas. Yes, I’m a bookworm and a weeb.
  • I’m Indonesian by origin. Other than Bahasa Indonesia, I also speak Javanese and (a little bit of) Sundanese.
  • I’m currently studying a Master’s in Cultural and Creative Industries.

II. Selected Posts

These are some of my most-read articles, and a few personal favorites. They are organized by theme with a short explanation below each one.

a. Philosophy

b. Psychology

c. Urbanism

  • What Is Urban Planning?
    An introduction of “urban planning,” a fascinating discipline that studies how to shape cities — and let them shape us in return.
  • Humans of Urbanism: Jane Jacobs
    A short biography of Jane Jacobs, an American-Canadian journalist known for her humanistic view on urban development. Despite not having an academic background in urbanism, her ideas have greatly influenced the discipline and are still relevant today.
  • Humans of Urbanism: Holly Whyte
    A short biography of William Hollingsworth “Holly” Whyte, a prominent American urbanist and people-watcher. Known by the moniker “The Man Who Loved Cities,” Whyte spent a large part of his life researching the behavior of human beings in urban environments.

d. Miscellaneous

III. Contact Information

You can connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. I check them regularly, so feel free to send me a message.

Also, I’m starting a newsletter called “Human, All Too Human” on Substack. Subscribe for stories about humanity — it’s free!

Lastly, if you enjoy my writing and would like me to write for you, send an email to and I’ll get back to you promptly.

That’s it for now! Thanks again for being here, and happy reading.

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