Showing posts from November, 2021


I am humbled to get involved in multi-year cooperation (2018-2021) between Indonesia and the Netherlands to organize a series of training about museum management.  The involved organizations are the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of Republic Indonesia. From the Netherlands is the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Reinwardt Academie, and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta.  The previous training took place in Yogyakarta and Jakarta (2018), Semarang and Malang (2019). Unfortunately, the covid19 pandemic has blown away the plan to organize two training in 2020. So here we are at the end of 2021 with two hybrid training (live and online). The hybrid training takes place in Bandung between 29 November-3 December 2021.  The 'live' participants are 50 representatives of museums from all over Indonesia. The 'online' participants are 12 representatives.  The speakers are 6 museum experts from Indonesia and 4 museum exper


After two workshops in Muntok (2018) and Banjarmasin (2019), and almost 2 years working together to compile the lessons learned, finally this week we can launch the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Quick Scan Method, Handbook for Indonesia University Lecturers. 


 A lot of cities and towns in the world have a Chinese quarter, also in Sumatra. It is part of an urban morphology that is fascinating to discover. In Sumatra, some Chinese quarters are vivid and alive, some are dying or even almost disappear.  During the monthly discussion of Pansumnet, we are going to listen to the stories about the Chinese Quarter of Labuan Deli in Medan and Footprints of the Chinese Quarter along the Jantan River in Siak (it was burned in 2018 that is why only has the footprints).  Discussion is in Bahasa Indonesia. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Pecinan Di Labuan Deli Medan dan Jejak Pecinan di Tepian Sungai Jantan, Siak Sri Inderapura Rabu, 24 November 2021 19.00-21.00 WIB Pembicara: Edy Saputra (Sukarelawan Beranda Warisan Sumatra, Medan) Ichwanul Insan (Kepala Balai Prasarana Permukiman Wilayah Propinsi Riau, Direktorat Jendral Cipta Karya, Kementrian PUPR) Moderator: Suwito Wu (Ketua Heritage of Tionghoa, Bangka- HETIKA) Media: Zoom Cloud Meeting dan Facebook Live Streaming


Place-Making for Historical Buildings in Jakarta  November 17, 2021 10.00-12.00 CET or 16.00-18.00 WIB Discussion is in English Speaker Ar. Yacobus Gatot Surarjo (Architect MBloc and Pos Bloc, Jakarta)    RSVP via e-mail Join automatically via Zoom or login via the website of Zoom with Meeting ID: 932 9370 2320 and Password: 416776 Organized by Heritage hands-on, Indonesian Diaspora Network the Netherlands (IDN-NL), and IDN Liveable Cities (IDN-LC). Contact Hasti Tarekat Dipowijoyo P lace-Making for Historical Buildings in Jakarta Batavia (current Jakarta) has been built by the Netherlands-Indies Government since 1619 started from the north part and over the centuries expanded to the south part. Residences, public facilities, defense structures, offices, and warehouses were built as witnesses of flourishing economic development during the colonial era. The public facility included a post office built in

Industrial Heritage in Indonesia: Balancing Content and Packaging

Defining Industrial Heritage in Asia- subjugation, and development: the Case Study of Indonesia. The summary of my views about the industrial heritage movement in Indonesia should have more balance as follow: Balance in interpretation, storyline, narratives.  Between technology and architecture, in times of peace and progress with the industry in times of war and occupation that is invisible, concealed, forgotten, repressed,  or erased. Balance in periods and geographical representations.   Between historical facts from the past with rising and fall of the industry at present days.  Between local, national, regional, and international contexts. Balance in values and valorization.  Between passing the heritage spirit and accommodating the fun elements.  Between temporary and short-term programs (educative recreational) and permanent and long-term programs (educative scientifically).


In English, it is called contested heritage. In Dutch, it is called beladen erfgoed. In Indonesian, it is called pusaka konflik , at least by Sylvia Agustina, a university teacher from Banda Aceh who graduated from USA and Singapore. Pusaka konflik is not much addressed yet in Indonesia. This webinar revealed stories from the field that is known to be tough in history with natural disasters and political turmoil: Banda Aceh. Sylvia has been trying to map potentials of contested heritage in the city where she lives and works especially those that relate to the Tsunami in December 2004 and a long battle of GAM ( Gerakan Aceh Merdeka -Free Aceh Movement) with the military of the Republic of Indonesia. I think what Sylvia has been doing is an essential step for the local Acehnese to learn more about themselves. The gigantic natural disaster and the political turmoil were beyond words to describe, but each local Acehnese must have opinions and experiences about them and those are very valu