Paul Rudolph | Jakarta + Surabaya

It is a weird, amazing, thrilling and depressive feeling to encounter the office towers that the architect Paul Rudolph [1918-1997] has constructed in Jakarta and in Surabaya. Weird, amazing and thrilling, because one can see a glimpse of an architectural future where tropicalist thinking meets megastructural modernity; depressive because they seem to be largely neglected by today’s architectural debate on sustainable structures. An introduction and a tale of two towers.

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Surabaya | kampung Kebalen

kampung Kebalen | Surabaya, July 4, 2011

On July 4, MovingCities explored the kampung Kebalan in the center of Surabaya. We discovered canals, containers and even a wedding ceremony. This kampung was the recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 1986, due to the implementation of the Surabaya Kampung Improvement Programme which started in 1981. 30 years later it becomes clear that the effect of the improvement programma can be felt, but also that they are in need of adjustment in relation to the 21st century urban ambitions of Surabaya.

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