Capacity Development for Cultural Heritage Movements
A beauty that I saw this week : a lamp in the former office of the Dutch Trading Company, a succesor of the Dutch East India Company (VOC). The Building itself called "De Bazel" and it is worth visiting when you are in Amsterdam.
I visited the social housing in Ipoh called Waller Court. This is a huge complex consists of 17 block apartements including a 15 storey tower consisting of 288 units. This complex was built in 1962 by the Ipoh Municipal Council to house low income families. Until 2017 it is occupied by about 350 families. The condition of Waller Court is quite deplorable. The local newspaper (Star, 9 October 2017) even called it as a haunt for drug addicts and thieves. There was a plan from the local government to demolish this huge complex and use the ground for new development of other purposes such as new flats and commercial blocks. Nevertheless, the plan is not implemented yet until end of 2018. Waller Court is in a very strategic location and green parts of Ipoh. Despite the horror looks of the buildings, the surrounding area is very pleasant and inviting. Huge and tall trees are elegant and comforting in tropical humid climate.
The idea of ecomuseum is relatively not popular in Indonesia although the country has a lot of potential to create many of it. I have visited few of them and one situation that I found is that all these museums need more activities for visitors. It is not only the case of Indonesia, when I visited an ecomuseum in Sweden, the same case occured. It is run by volunteers and they can only afford running activities on certain times in a year. Probably an ecomuseum needs a lot of resources to run in terms of financial and labour. That is why an ecomuseum mostly quiet. But when the resources are available, it can be a lively place to visit. I have visited the Openluch Museum in Arnhem, Holland, which is visited by bus and bus of tourists everyday. They have subsidies and human resources. If I have to think which possibilities for ecomuseums in Indonesia, then these are my -temporary- lists : Ecomuseum Equator in Bonjol, cinnamon area in West Sumatra and industrial heritage parks in many plac
Perpaduan antara bangunan lama dan baru selalu menarik perhatian saya karena saya percaya pelestarian pusaka (heritage conservation) haruslah aktual dan menjawab kebutuhan zaman. Jadi tidak semata-mata dan sama sekali bukan untuk nostalgia. Jika memang niat ada banyak cara untuk mempertahankan bangunan lama dan mengkombinasikannya dengan bangunan baru. Dengan cara ini pelestarian pusaka dan pembangunan baru secara simultan terakomodasi. Solusi seperti ini umumnya disebut Infill Development . Definisinya menurut BUILD, is the economic use of vacant land, or restoration or rehabilitation of existing structures or infrastructure, in already urbanized areas where water, sewer, and other public services are in place, that maintains the continuity of the original community fabric. Solusi Infill Development juga berdasar pada semakin meningkatnya kesadaran tentang pembangunan berkelanjutan dan pelestarian lingkungan hidup. Pendekatan Infill adalah tanggapan terhadap kebijakan pemerintahan