I often experience a fascinating situation when I discover that some people in Indonesia and the Netherlands are busy with the same thing while they do not know each other and have no contact whatsoever about the existence of the other party.  An example is the history of the tobacco industry.  The Indonesian Plantation Museums (yes, two museums!) in Medan are busy with establishing the museums and one of the content is the tobacco history in Deli, the East Coast of Sumatra. And then I visited the Nijkerk Museum, they told exactly the same thing: tobacco history, including relations with the tobacco history from Deli in the past.  Or the restoration of the Fort van den Bosch in Ngawi, East Java, by the Indonesians while I was biking regularly to the legacy of Johannes van den Bosch in the Province of Drenthe with museums, houses, and much more tangible and intangible heritage.  Historical connections are to find out later, but we have enough hints to understand that many elements conne


What is the relation between heritage and climate change? The relation is strong and a lot. Take an example of the protected national parks in Indonesia that go through deforestation now. Or the machine textiles production that cost a lot of water and energy. We can go on and go on with examples. This time, Sandra Niessen, an expert on the traditional textiles of Batak (North Sumatra), will talk about three themes that pertain to textile heritage and climate: Craft and Culture: systems of meaning vs emphasis on the visual, Craft and Economics: a double-edged sword, Locality, and Craft: implications of trade. 


Between 8-12 August 2021, I became one of the judges for a competition to design a museum for the birth house of Soekarno in Kampung Peneleh, Surabaya. The competition was organized by Tata Matra Indonesia and  Dinas Kebudayaan dan Pariwisata Kota Surabaya (Agency for Culture and Tourism of the Municipality of Surabaya). The aim was to raise awareness about heroism amongst the youth.  The other judges were Prof. Dr. Ir, Johan Silas, Ir. Dadoes Sumarwanto MArch., Prof.Dr. Purnawan Basundoro S.S. M.Hum., Zaky Umara ST. MALA, and Dimas Nugroho.  All participants were architecture students or graduates so they used architectural approaches with ideas about how a museum should look like.  Despite the fact that most submissions were impressive, I thought it should be better if students and graduates from museum studies participate, too. This would strengthen the ideas and be also fairer to the museum's professionalism. It is not everyone can create a proper museum. Nevertheless, I under


  Cindy Shandoval from Siak is an archaeologist and works as a government officer in Siak, South Sumatra, but her passion for heritage is beyond her formal position. She thinks that awareness about heritage conservation is still limited amongst academicians and professionals. She wants to change that. She wants to raise awareness amongst the general public, locals, and especially the youth. For that mission, she established an organization called Heritage Hero. During the monthly discussion of Pansumnet, Cindy shared her efforts to approach the youth through various ways, but mainly through positive infiltrations to the existing activities and inserting heritage items. Heritage items in the photography club, bicycle club, hiking club, cooking club, and even gardening club. Smart strategy.  In her four years of experience, she found that her strategy starts to work. More and more youth are interested in the heritage of Siak. One lesson learned for me is that we should approach heritag


The latest edition of ANIH Bulletin (Asian Network for Industrial Heritage) has been published. I am thankful for the contributions of Hildebrand P.G. de Boer and Wid Widoyoko from the Netherlands. This was my effort to connect industrial heritage activities in Asia and Europe. It is always good to communicate and to exchange information. It is inspiring, and stimulating, especially for industrial heritage practitioners in Indonesia. Blurring Boundaries in Europe – Industrial Culture on the Move by Hildebrand P.G. de Boer. Book Review about Coal Mine Railway in Dutch East India/Indonesia by W Widoyoko Please click the link here for more details:


Pan-Sumatra Network presents Dr. Kuswandi,  Water Resources and Risk Disaster Engineer,  in the monthly discussion of June who will share his research about the drainage system in Medan since 1921. It was underground drainage with consideration about the environment, the river flows in the city, hydrologic pattern, the needs of urban utility, and society's behaviors.  It is a pity that this huge and valuable investment during the Dutch-Indies period   was not well maintained and lost its function.  Is there any possibility to recover it for the current development? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Diskusi Bulanan Pansumnet SISTEM DRAINASE KOTA MEDAN 1921  Konsep Perancangan Mitigasi Kota Terhadap Genangan dan Pencemaran Lingkungan Narasumber: Dr. Kuswandi, S.T., M.T Water Resources and Risk Disaster Engineer Fakultas Teknik Sipil, Institut Teknologi Medan (ITM) Moderator: Yulianto Qin Dosen Prodi Arsitektur Universitas Katolik St. Thomas Medan Rabu, 23 Juni 2021 Jam 19:00 - 21:00 WIB Media: Z


I will share the views when a birthplace house is turned into a museum, what should be considered? It is a special house because it is about the founding father of Indonesia, Soekarno. The webinar is in Bahasa Indonesia. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Webinar Krearture Vol.4 Rumah Kelahiran Bung Karno Pembicara: 1. Hasti Tarekat - Heritage hands-on, Belanda 2. Prof. Dr. Purnawan Basunduro SS, M.Hum - Ketua Masyarakat Sejarah Indonesia 3. Hermawan Dasmanto - Ara Studio ( Streaming via Zoom : Senin, 21 Juni 2021 13:00 WIB Pendaftaran:


  Since seceral weeks, I have been translating the book of Obbe Norbruis, Architectuur in de Archipel, 150 Architecten in Nederlands Indië en Indonesië, Hun Gebouwen, Architectuur, en Stijlinvloeden (Architecture in the Archipelago, 150 Architects in the Dutch-Indies and Indonesia, Their Buildings, Architecture, and Style Influence). Involving in Indonesia's cultural heritage conservation efforts, especially about the historical buildings from the Colonial period, I realize how much this book will be beneficial for the Indonesians. Interests and attentions about the historical buildings increase in the last few decades, the researchers and the general public need more and more references. It is time to have a refreshing source of information, and this book is one of them.  Obbe Norbruis came with a fresh look at Indonesia's historical buildings and classified them based on his own knowledge and observation. The result is a new and brave approach. A classification of the histor