Friedrich Silaban, An Indonesian Architect 1921 - 1984

Friedrich Silaban, An Indonesian Architect 1921 - 1984 Book by Setiadi Sopandi


By Setiadi Sopandi

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Release Date: 17 January 2018.

The book traces the professional life of Indonesia’s most celebrated architect, Friedrich Silaban, which spans from 1912 to 1984. It highlights key moments in his career beginning from his education during the late colonial period and other key events during Indonesia’s nation building period. Set within the cultural and architectural context of the respective period, this publication exposes Silaban’s most

distinguished architectural works that played important cultural role in the early Indonesian independence era as well as focuses on his wellknown masterpieces - like the Istiqlal Mosque and Bank of Indonesia – and lesser known built and unbuilt works.

“… It is not a simplistic biography neither an architectural work catalogue. Sopandi takes us, like in a movie, through a complex narrative on architectural ideas… this book reveals how Silaban architecture was faced as a multi-disciplined field intertwined with the imaginative act of defining the being, or existence, of a society. This book is one of the top efforts documentation and research to perpetuate the legacy of the journey of architects and architecture in Indonesia.”

- Ana Tostões, Docomomo International; Instituto Superior

Técnico Lisboa

“Setiadi Sopandi’s study is by far the most comprehensive account of Silaban’s works. …This book is a grand guided tour of a crucial period in the history of Indonesian architecture, revealing the innards of a political-artistic life of a nation and providing a rare glimpse into the work of a unique character of a most important Indonesian architect.”

– Abidin Kusno, York University

“It is fantastic to see the works of Silaban concentrated all together in this publication in a way you would never be able to see it in reality. The publication not only provides an insight on the work of Silaban and the era he worked in, but allows readers to look forward and to enables us to contextualize our present time.”

– Martien de Vletter, Canadian Centre for Architecture

“Silaban is the best representation of the new soul of modernity in Indonesia, in line with the raging spirit of nationalism and self-esteem among newly independent countries in post-World War II Asia.”

– Johannes Widodo, National University of Singapore

Language : English
Country : Indonesia
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Author : Setiadi Sopandi
Page Count : 550
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