Surabaya | kampung Plampitan

kampung Plampitan | Surabaya, July 5, 2011

On July 5, MovingCities explored the kampung Plampitan with a group of local Surabayan architects. Some historical heritage sites – such as “Masjid Peneleh”, “Dutch Cemetery” and “House of Roeslan Abdul Gani” are located there. In May 2011 this kampung was the site of intervention for the “refugees of future cities“-project, an exhibition discussing the problems and possibilities for “urban living environments” with local residents. Background and info.

Surabaya section | map

Surabaya section | Kampung Plampitan

In the beginning of May 2011, kampung Plampitan was the site of intervention for Japanese architect/artist Kenta Kishi & Kumara Sadana, Pandu Rukmi, Bintang Putra – three local professionals. Orange House Studio is the artist-run organization in Surabaya that has been established in October, 2010, and under which they operate. Their project examined how the Kampung Surabaya was born, grow, develop, and even eroded by the growth of Surabaya city. We must be a REFUGEE of future cities, they write as a clear act to forge a new future for Surabaya:

We must understand that Surabaya now has been situating at a TRANSITION point for its multiple future visions. One will be a clear vision, like other major cities in the world. It will be realized by conventional way of large urban development; we call it MASTER-PLANNING. […] However, another visions of city’s future have not been discovered yet. If we challenge to look for these undiscovered possibilities instead to accept and live in “Master-Planned” city easily, we must be a REFUGEE of future cities. We, all of urban residents in this world have a potential to be a refugee now, in this context.

Japanese researcher Studies Urban Villages in Surabaya has all the background to the project:

Although able to legally maintain its existence, the Kampung condition is now more squeezed by tall buildings around it. The behavior of its residents also tends to be very sensitive. This, said Kenta Kishi, was proven when his team did a survey there, measuring and photographing, when they are suspected by local residents. “In fact, that’s our mistake because we didn’t ask for permission, but directly take picture and measure the area. Once they know our intention, they were pleased to welcome us,” explained PANDU.

Another intervention in the area was done by local Surabay architect Mohammad – MadCahyo – Cahyo Novianto – one of the participants in our July 5 kampung Plampitan-exploration. He redesigned the local bridge which connects the kampung with the rest of the city – thank you Reza Satya for sharing the images below.

Project by MadCahyo | image by Reza Satya

Project by MadCahyo | image by Reza Satya

Our walk through kampung Plampitan was an encounter with high-density low-rise construction, a cemetery that functions as a public space, narrow alleyways, hidden public spaces, a bridge over a canal and conversations with local architects. We were left wondering if the safest way of hiding from the city, is to do in the center of the city.

kampung Plampitan | July 5, 2011

Pictures by

Thanks & made possible by
jongArsitek! + GRAVITY network

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *