20 Jul 2016


Kampongs in most South East Asian cities are currently known as living spaces of poor people for their survival in left over spaces in big cities. However, these kampongs have their own significant contribution to the cities in many aspects, such as history, economics and politics. Therefore, studying kampongs is not only exploring the physical condition, but also understanding their significance in terms of social condition. Understanding living spaces such as kampongs should be based on exploring physical condition, which are spaces, as social production (theory by Henri Lefebvre 1991 and Edward Soja 1996).


Regenerating kampongs as the topic of 2016 workshop means contributing and proposing architectural design based on an understanding of the kampongs’ spaces as the production of social aspect. The workshop will explore several kampongs in Surabaya that have strong history with the city of Surabaya, such as Keputran, Ampel, and Bubutan. The workshop will also provide series of lectures from architectural, social and historical point of views, including from local people of the kampongs.

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