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WATER AND HERITAGE, USA EXPERIENCES

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 I went to New York City for a side event of the UN-Water Conference , in Harlem Stage, on 20 March 2023. Together with many participants, we shared our experiences and research about Water and Heritage. We tried to put heritage on the agenda of the UN. This event was a follow-up event in Tokyo, in 2018, in which I participated, too. The ICOMOS Netherlands was and is the leading power behind this idea. It has been a long journey and the journey is not ended yet.  I shared my involvement in the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Quick Scan Method Workshops in two water-based cities Muntok and Banjarmasin, Indonesia. It was a humble contribution but I was grateful that I could share it on behalf of the HUL Quick Scan Method team. The week was in the atmosphere of water, planned and not planned. The venue was Harlem Stage , a former water-processing building that is adapted into a cultural stage for colored artists, not far from the Hudson River. My homestay was on the 31 floors in Harlem w

HISTORICAL COLOURS

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On Thursday 9 February, I attended an event at the World Heritage Site of Veenhuizen, Drenthe, about the research on the historical colors of Veenhuizen. I had to drive 1,5 hours but I did it, and later it turned out to be worth driving. The field of historical colors is very specific. In the case of Veenhuizen, the research was done not only about the colors of the buildings but also about the surrounding nature like trees and even the sand. The result is a publication that can be used by all stakeholders, including all owners of historical buildings there, as a guide in terms of color options.  I felt lucky to be able to attend this event, and also got a copy of the guide. It is my way of learning as an autodidact in cultural heritage.  More information about the research is here.

Indonesia and the Amsterdam School Webinar Series

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 As part of the exhibition “Indonesia and the Amsterdam School”, Museum het Schip organizes a webinar series on the same subject.   The webinars aim to explore relationships between the Amsterdam School and Indonesia by inviting heritage experts, historians, architects, curators, and artists.   The webinars are organized in collaboration with Heritage hands-on, supported by Pusat Dokumentasi Arsitektur, Yayasan Museum Arsitektur Indonesia, and Dutch Culture.   Joining the webinars is free of charge and a certificate is available upon request.   For more info and registration www.hetschip.nl/tickets/categorie/92-symposia   (Source: Museum het Schip)

Exhibition Nijkerk and the Dutch East Indies

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Exhibition Nijkerk and the Dutch East Indies The exhibition 'Nijkerk and the Dutch East Indies' can be seen in Museum Nijkerk until March 2023.  For the first time, the story is told of a small town's ties to the world's fourth-largest country by population.  In the exhibition 'Nijkerk and the Dutch East Indies', visitors walk through the history of the Indonesian archipelago and stop at those events that are related to the city of Nijkerk. There appear to be many Nijkerkers who have worked in the Indies, from plantation owners and lawyers to teachers and soldiers and their families. It has been an honor for me to be guided by the Curator, Saskia van den Berg, to enjoy the exhibition and to listen to the stories behind it.  There is a strong tie between Nijkerk with plantations in the East Coast of Sumatra, Padang, the Eijkman Institute (a Nobel prize winner), and many more.  I have had a small contribution by introducing Siedjah or Siebrigje Bremer, a Dutch sch

BEBERAPA REFERENSI TENTANG PELESTARIAN

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Saya terlibat dalam penerbitan beberapa dokumen yang dianggap bermanfaat untuk gerakan pelestarian warisan budaya di Indonesia. Khusus untuk generasi muda yang belum lama bergabung dengan gerakan pelestarian, mungkin informasi ini bermanfaat. Semua link merujuk pada dokumen dalam Bahasa Indonesia dan bisa gratis diunduh.   (1999) Burra Charter by Australian ICOMOS (Prinsip dan prosedur dasar konservasi tempat bernilai budaya diterbitkan oleh ICOMOS Australia. Penerjemahan dilakukan bersama Ir. Rika Susanto dari Beranda Warisan Sumatra atas kerjasama dengan ICOMOS Australia). https://australia.icomos.org/wp-content/uploads/Piagam-Burra-Burra-Charter-in-Indonesian1.pdf   (Sumber: Australian ICOMOS) (2009) Canon van Nederland (Lima puluh topik yang merupakan ringkasan sejarah Belanda secara berurutan, termasuk tentang sejarah Belanda di Indonesia, misalnya tentang VOC yang mengeksploitasi rempah-rempah dan Raja William I yang memberlakukan tanam paksa. Penerjemahan dil

RESTORATION OF THE FORT VAN DEN BOSCH, NGAWI

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Fort Van den Bosch or Fort Pendem as the local name is founded in 1839 in Ngawi, a small town on the border of Central Java and East Java, along the river Bengawan Solo. Efforts to restore and re-use the Fort was initiated and fully funded by the Indonesian government under the responsibility of the Ministry of PUPR (Public Works and Human Settlements) in coordination with the military authorities as the owner of the Fort and the Ngawi local government. The restoration process of the Fort van den Bosch started in 2020 and will be ready in early 2023. Hopefully, new functions such as hotels, museums, and offices will take place soon here. Last October I visited the Fort van den Bosch and talked to Wawan Sudarmawan, Dimas Candra, and Bayu Arga who are responsible for the construction and engineering management.  They said that they have learned a lot but also found many unanswered puzzles during the restoration process. Contacts with fort experts in the Netherlands should be helpfu

INDARUNG I: ANOTHER MILESTONE OF INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE IN INDONESIA

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The Municipality of Padang in West Sumatra has taken an important step in September 2022 to designate the former cement factory Indarung I of PT Semen Padang and the hydroelectric power station PLTA  Rasak Bungo as protected sites. The Indarung I Factory was established in 1910 originated as NV Nederlandsch-Indische Portland Cement Maatschappij (NIPCM) and PLTA Rasak Bungo was established in 1908 to generate electricity for the cement factory Indarung I. The Indarung I Factory is the oldest cement factory in Southeast Asia. The next step is to propose both sites for protection on the national level. The local stakeholders have been preparing adaptive reuse plans for the former cement factory Indarung I which will focus on educative programs. In the past several parties have shown great interest in the sites. modern Architecture Asia Network (mAAN) has organized a workshop (2011), as well as Pan-Sumatra Network for Heritage Conservation (Pansumnet) (2015) in conjunction with I