Architecture in the Dutch East Indies 1900 – 1940: In search of a local syn...
For European architects trained on a Western canon, the design of buildings for non-Western socio-cultural environments raises a fundamental dilemma – how should the new architecture best represent the indigenous vernacular of its environment while symbolizing the imperial metropole’s modernity and progress.
The seminar will introduce the work of Dutch expatriate architects in the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia) between 1900 and 1940 – exploring prevailing narratives that defined the era’s architectural expression of a unified Indische Bouwen.
Speaker: Ronald Lim
Ronald Lim is a Singapore-based architect with a personal research interest in Southeast Asia’s architecture and urbanism – including the historical question of Modernism’s importance in these regional, non-Western settings.
He has worked internationally in New York, Tokyo and Mexico City for the architects Cesar Pelli and Fumihiko Maki among others, and was formerly Assistant Editor of Singapore Architect Magazine. He holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University and speaks five languages fluently.