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  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


For a heritage movement that is relatively new like in Indonesia, an investment in human resources is one of the strategic approaches. It will deliver human resources who understand correctly why heritage is important for the development of a country. It will also ensure that the heritage movement will last longer and more sustainable.  The investment could be in any form: traineeship, internship, formal and informal education, courses, and a lot of site visits and traveling. I have been doing all of those methods from the very beginning of my heritage endeavor, for example in Sumatra through Sumatra Heritage Trust, and in Indonesia in general through my consulting bureau.  That is also the reason why I am enthusiastic to support in any possible ways for the young colleagues who visit the Netherlands to learn more about heritage, directly or indirectly. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, guests came regularly. During the pandemic in 2021, so far I only received one guest, that was Anita Hal