Modern Indonesian Architecture: a Cultural Discourse





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The paper highlights the course of Indonesian architectural development through the narrative of national and cultural identity which prevailed almost consistently from the early years of the 20th century. Despite the various contexts and the involvement of participants from different eras, the question of identity recurs among architectural practitioners, political figures, as well as the general public in Indonesia. In this light, architects are perceived as active agents continually contributing models of national identity through architectural forms, expressions, materials, and narratives.

How to Cite

Sopandi, S. (2017). Modern Indonesian Architecture: a Cultural Discourse. Docomomo Journal, (57), 20–29.




Author Biography

Setiadi Sopandi, Pelita Harapan University

(b. Indonesia, 1975). Practicing architect and lecturer based in Universitas Pelita Harapan, Indonesia. He is an Asian Cultural Council Fellow (2016), co-curated the only Indonesian participation in the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia (2014) and co-curated Tropicality: Revisited exhibit in the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt (2015). He is the co-founder and a member of the board of curators in arsitekturindonesia. org, the first architecture-dedicated archival service in the country. He recently published the biographical monograph Friedrich Silaban (Jakarta, Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2017).


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