19
mei
2016

JOINT INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE AND URBANISM WORKSHOP 2016 COLONIAL ARCHITECTURE IN SURABAYA

Introduction

 

In Surabaya, the old city centre has rich architectural heritage, and one of them is the Dutch colonial building.  As cultural heritage, the Dutch colonial buildings certainly have values that simply as a set of positive characteristics or qualities perceived in the buildings or sites, such as historic values (association with people or events, rarity or uniqueness, material’s age, educational value), aesthetic (visual qualities and sensory experience), social (including spiritual, political, and national), and economic values (use or market).  Accordingly, value of every old building is unique, with its own identity and its own distinctive character.  Character refers to all those visual aspects and physical features that comprise the appearance of every historic building including the overall shape of the building, its materials, craftsmanship, decorative details, interior spaces and features, as well as the various aspects of its site and environment.  In today’s context and through time, however, the historic buildings have been changed to new uses and needs such as additions of air-cooling system, fire alarm systems, waters and electricity utility systems.  Subsequently, architecture students could learn from these colonial buildings of its values, and to gain knowledge about the past in the future through for conservation and design of new buildings.


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