Batavia, Dutch Indies 1602–1800: A Cultural History of Colonial Urbanism

  • Bagoes Wiryomartono


This study is about the urbanism and society of otherness in confrontation with critical past and present. The focus of this study is to unveil and dismantle aspects of subjectivity and otherness concerning the history of social and cultural geography. The case study is the Dutch V.O.C urbanism in Indonesia between 1602 and 1800. This study argues the sense of subjectivity and otherness is not the reason for revulsion and resentment but an opportunity for acculturation within the framework of global fraternity, because the present urbanism, architecture, and society are the amalgamations of diverse sources, roots and circumstances of the past. The purpose of the study is to recognize and rethink imagery subjectivity and otherness in society, architecture and urbanism as a challenge of a historical necessity for openness toward multiculturalism.


Colonial heritage Architecture Urbanism: acculturation Dutch V.O.C Indonesia 


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