The Decreasing Significant Values of St. Peter's Cathedral Bandung

Kusbiantoro, Krismanto (2010) The Decreasing Significant Values of St. Peter's Cathedral Bandung. In: mAAN*Y S’pore 2010 “Empowering Modern Asian City Makers”, 2010, Singapore.

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Our world nowadays is inevitably challenged by globalization that put pressure in all aspects of human lives with no exception, including architecture. The fast changing character of globalization directly influences the daily life of the people and also transforms the faces of our modern cities. Architecture, which is a materialization of certain cognitive systems that is determined by the relationship quality of human beings and their surroundings at a certain period, is facing a problem of sustainability due to these rapid changes. Heritage buildings and historical sites, which happens to be the landmarks of a certain era, are seriously threatened since the significant values are continuously decreasing. It is obvious that places are significant when they have meanings, and places that have meanings will be more sustainable. St. Peter’s Cathedral in Bandung (West Java, Indonesia) is a heritage building that is now facing such problem. It was built in 1922 and designed by a famous Dutch architect Charles Propper Wolff Schoemaker who designed many other heritage buildings in Bandung. Since the very beginning, the cathedral had become a significant landmark for Bandung due to its vertical expression by an extreme height compared to its surroundings. The cathedral was a significant point at Bandung’s skyline. But in a few decades, the significant value of this building was continuously decreasing due to fast new buildings construction on its surroundings. Past few years a monumental building as extension wing to Bank of Indonesia appeared exactly in front of the cathedral building. Recently a huge construction of luxurious apartment is being built next to the cathedral. Ironically only a small group of people are concern and realize that the cathedral is facing a problem of significance. This paper will historically describe how the significant values of the cathedral continuously decreasing and suggest sustainable solutions when it comes to the protection of our built heritages that requires a collaborative effort of the government, urban planners, architects, developers and also academicians.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: globalization, significant, heritage, cathedral, historical
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Depositing User: Perpustakaan Maranatha
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2012 09:26
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 09:26

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