Tracing the Progression of Inhabitation through Interior Surface in Semarang Old Town

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Published Feb 27, 2018
Issue Volume 1 Number 1 (2018)
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AA Ayu Suci Warakanyaka Yandi Andri Yatmo

Abstract

The capacity of an interior to adapt and transform through time has imprinted interior with the consequences from its past occupancies. This paper argues that the trace of the past is imprinted within the layers of interior surfaces. The interior surfaces become the medium to trace the inhabitation throughout the life of the building and its interior, from the lens of Anthropocene. In particular this paper attempts to speculate the progression of inhabitation through the interior surface of the buildings in Semarang Old Town, Central Java, Indonesia that are presented through the stories of the facade, the paint and the tiles, and reveal how these layers narrate the idea of the deep time in which the past inhabitation is embedded. These layers of interior surfaces suggest the role of time, continuous transformation, and the traces of inhabitation in affecting and producing the current interior spaces. The understanding of deep time as reflected in the layers of interior surfaces suggests the agency of human inhabitation and culture within the transformation of interior space and highlights the ability of interior space to manoeuvre in time.

Keywords: anthropocene, deep time, surface, layers, inhabitation

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