As part of the 2018 Parahyangan Architecture Festival (FAP) 2018 entitled ‘Ruang Arkais‘, Parahyangan Catholic University’s Architecture Study Program’s Student Association (HMPSArs Unpar) held a National Architecture Seminar on Saturday (26/5). Located in one of the historic buildings in Bandung, Savoy Homann Hotel, this seminar was themed “Scope and Spatial Role of Urban Heritage.”
This activity invited resource persons who have experience in the preservation of cultural heritage buildings, such as Aji Bimarsono (Bandung Heritage) as moderator, and Arya Abieta (Center of Architectural Documentation), Harastoeti Dibjo (Cultural Heritage Team of Bandung and Unpar Lecturer), David Bambang S (Architectural Heritage Architect), Setiyadi Ongkowidjaya (Atelier East AWP, Singapore) and Mark Southcombe (Victoria University, New Zealand). The event was also attended by the Dean of Unpar’s Faculty of Engineering. Yohanes Basuki Dwisusanto and the Head of the Architecture Study Program Dr. Rahadhian Prajudi Herwindo.
Opening the seminar, Kenny Dewi Kaniasari as Head of the Culture and Tourism Office of Bandung appreciated the seminar activities as part of the search for solutions to the preservation of cultural heritage in Bandung. In fact, historic buildings became one of the attractions of tourism. “We also want to invite the students in order to help us (Disbudpar) to preserve the buildings and cultural heritage areas in Bandung,” said this Unpar alumnus.
She also highlighted the importance of Familiarization as a solution to overcome the information gap between communities. ” We will continue to employ the more fun way of familiarization,” she said. It is expected to be able to rouse community awareness as well as protecting the area of cultural heritage that is increasingly threatened. Finally, she hoped forums such as this seminar may contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage. “Hopefully there is a solution for the government of Bandung,” he said.
Felix Santoso as the person in charge of the seminar explained that this seminar is a reflection of the existence of colonial architecture as the identity of Bandung City. This, he said, “From the historical fact that the city of Bandung is a colonial city.” Over time, cultural heritage buildings can still be maintained although their functions can change. “In addition to the physical aspect, every building has an intangible aspect or ‘spirit'” he explained, which can provide an atmosphere of a certain area in a city, such as Braga Street Area.
Through this seminar, students as future architect candidates are expected to able to design the work by appreciating the cultural values in cultural heritage buildings. “What we want to get here is to trigger design students to appreciate the object of heritage,” he said. On the other hand, the exchange and comparison of information between participants and speakers are expected to improve the preservation of cultural heritage buildings, especially in Bandung.