Two Towns in Indonesia, One on the Coast, the Other “A City of One Thousand Rivers”

Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Quick Scan Method Workshops and Publication of Handbook for Indonesian University Lecturers





The Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Quick Scan Method is a methodology that can be used in workshops to foster multi-stakeholder collaboration and a holistic understanding of a context and its challenges. The HUL Quick Scan Method was conducted in three phases in Muntok and Banjarmasin, Indonesia, and demonstrated its efficacy in promoting heritage and socio-cultural practices as catalysts for sustainable development. The features of the workshops run in the two cities stimulated discussion among the local community and including private and public sectors, establishing a basis for applying the UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape approach.

How to Cite

Damayanti, V. D., Dipowijoyo, H. T., Kurniawan, K. R., Rosbergen, J., Timmer, P., & Wijayanto, P. (2022). Two Towns in Indonesia, One on the Coast, the Other “A City of One Thousand Rivers”: Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Quick Scan Method Workshops and Publication of Handbook for Indonesian University Lecturers. Blue Papers, 1(1), 119–127.





methodologies and case studies

Author Biographies

Vera D. Damayanti, Bogor Agricultural University

Lecturer at the Department of Landscape Architecture, IPB University, Indonesia. She completed her master’s degree in landscape architecture from the Seoul National University, South Korea, in 2003. Currently, she is working on her PhD at the Centre for Landscape Studies, University of Groningen, the Netherlands, with research focusing on the cultural landscape biography of the Banjarmasin river city, South Kalimantan. Vera has interests in the cultural and historical landscape along with its conservation and development in the context of heritage landscape planning and design. She has joined a Dutch-Indonesia collaborative project in facilitating workshops which apply the Historical Urban Landscape Quick Scan Method in Indonesia.

Hasti Terakat Dipowijoyo, Heritage hands-on

Academic background in social geography and regional planning. She receives fellowships from LEAD International (Leadership for Environment and Development) and Salzburg Global Seminar. Her role as project leader in the refurbishment of a historical bridge in Medan, Indonesia received the UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage Award for Merit. She is founder of Heritage hands-on, a consulting firm that specialized in capacity building and empowerment of cultural heritage movements; Co-founder of Sumatra Heritage Trust and Pan-Sumatra Network for Heritage Conservation; Vice Chairperson of the Advisory Board of ANIH (Asian Network for Industrial Heritage) and National Contact Person of Indonesia for TICCIH (The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage).

Kemas Ridwan Kurniawan, University of Indonesia

Professor of History, Theory and Cultural Heritage of Architecture at the Universitas Indonesia and one of the authors of ‘Historic Urban Landscape Quick Scan Method for University Lecturers in Indonesia’ (2021). With several Universities around the World, Kurniawan manages collaborative research and joint workshop about conservation and sustainability. He is involved in conducting Vernacular Heritage Architecture Documentation activities in Indonesia through VERNADOC Indonesia. He was the chairman of the West Bangka Cultural Heritage Expert Team (2018 – 2021) while now he is involved in the Jakarta Building Expert Professional Team (TPA) which reviews Building Permits for specific Cultural Heritage areas in Jakarta.

Jacqueline Rosbergen, Cultural Heritage Agency of Netherlands

Studied Architecture at the Delft University of Technology and is advisor on cultural heritage. She was for 20 years employed as Senior Advisor Cultural Heritage at the Cultural Heritage Agency of Netherlands, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Jacqueline is an expert on transformation and development of urban structures, monuments, monumental sites and public spaces. She takes part in various educational programmes in this field. Within the framework of the International Heritage Cooperation Programme of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, Jacqueline participates in projects on revitalizing historic inner cities in Indonesia.

Peter Timmer, Cultural Heritage Agency of Netherlands

Senior Advisor Cultural Heritage at the Cultural Heritage Agency of Netherlands, where he gives advice on cultural heritage as an asset in urban planning, development and design in the Netherlands. He is specialized in area-based management related to historic urban sites and World Heritage sites. 

Currently, Peter is doing research on urban renewal of Dutch historic inner-cities in the 1970s and 1980s. He is also involved in several World Heritage nominations and renewable energy projects in designated heritage areas. Furthermore, he participates in various projects as part of the international heritage policy of the Netherlands.

Punto Wijayanto, Trisakti University

Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Universitas Trisakti, Jakarta. In 2013, he obtained his Master’s degree in the urban and regional planning from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta. Punto is an active member of Indonesian Heritage Trust and ICOMOS Indonesia, for which he creates training programs. Between 2012 and 2019, he was involved in a capacity building program, developed jointly with the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing to improve conservation efforts in heritage cities. Currently, Punto is doing research on the application of sustainable heritage management (SHM). He is also involved in several heritage projects in Jakarta, Tanjungpinang and Sawahlunto.


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Damayanti, Vera D., Hasti Tarekat Dipowijoyo, Jacqueline Rosbergen, Peter Timmer, and Punto Wijayanto. 2020. Safeguarding and Rejuvenating the Identity of a River City, Workshop HUL Quick Scan Banjarmasin (South Kalimantan). Amersfoort: Cultural Heritage Agency.

Dipowijoyo, Hasti Tarekat, Kemas Ridwan Kurniawan, Jacqueline Rosbergen, Peter Timmer, and Punto Wijayanto. 2019. New Horizons for an Old Tin Mining Town, Workshop HUL Quick Scan Muntok (West Bangka). Amersfoort: Cultural Heritage Agency.

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