7 April 2020

The Netherlands: Visit from Bandung during Shared Heritage Studio

The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands welcomed the third batch of the Shared Heritage Studio on 11 March.

The participants of the Shared Heritage Studio (photo: Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands).

A delegation of Masters students and professors of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB ) and the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) jointly executed the third batch of the ‘Shared Heritage Studio’ at the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) on 11 March. It was supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta and the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE). 

A three-part collaboration

Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2018 between the ITB and TU Delft, the Architecture departments of both universities started a Shared Heritage Studio, consisting of three batches. The RCE has been involved in this bilateral cooperation in the framework of its Shared Cultural Heritage Programme since the Studio started. The first and second batches focused on the revitalisation of different precincts in the centre of Bandung (Indonesia). In March 2019, students of both universities came together for a seminar focused on heritage-based place-making for inclusive and healthy cities, featuring the Indonesian case studies of Semarang and Bandung.

Heritage conservation and water challenges in Semarang 

This third batch in March 2020 focused on the city of Semarang. It started in October 2019 with a workshop in Semarang, where students from both universities jointly prepared their graduation projects. Due to the topical water challenges in the city, the workshop analysed how heritage conservation and water management are related. For this reason, most of the individual graduation projects address this issue. Daan Lavies and Menne Kosian from the RCE, shared the Dutch experiences on water and heritage through lectures and an excursion in Amersfoort (the Netherlands). The exchange of knowledge and experiences was valuable for all participants, enabling them to learn new strategies for dealing with water challenges that can be applied to heritage conservation in different contexts.