Engineering Students Designing Cultural Area Center in Tunjungan Surabaya

Indonesia is a country with a very diverse culture. In 2018, there were 225 Intangible Cultural Heritage recognized by the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture.

However, nowadays the culture of the archipelago tends to be eroded by the flow of globalization, where the linkages and dependencies between nations and between people around the world are getting closer so that the boundaries of a country are becoming increasingly narrow. Seeing these problems, we need an archipelago cultural area to realize sustainable cultural education.

To preserve the archipelago culture can be applied in the center of metropolitan cities in Indonesia, such as in the Tunjungan area, Surabaya.

Tunjungan Surabaya is an area that has the potential to be used as a means of educating Indonesian culture in everyday life.

Apart from being an area visited by many domestic and foreign tourists, this area is also close to the icons of the city of Surabaya such as Tunjungan Plaza, Siola, Majapahit Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, and Blauran Market.

Therefore, five students of the Faculty of Engineering Universitas Brawijaya (FTUB) created a concept called ACDT: Art Cultural District at Tunjungan with Nusantara Art Expression Space to elevate the culture of the archipelago in urban community activities.

This concept transforms the Tunjungan area of ​​Surabaya into the center of the cultural area in the city of Surabaya. This cultural area consists of the development of pedestrian designs with batik-patterned tiles and walls as an area of ​​artistic expression for Indonesian artists.

The application of batik motifs is also applied to the pedestrian overcrossing (Jembatan Penyeberangan Orang, JPO) and bus stops as well as the addition of interactive screens at bus stops that can provide information and education on cultural diversity such as folk songs, traditional clothes, traditional houses, traditional dances, and so on.

The center point of this cultural area is a cultural park in the form of green open spaces equipped with cultural education facilities such as traditional food stands, Indonesian painters’ booths, and a stage for traditional musicians.

In addition, in this cultural park, there is also a dancing fountain that can move according to the rhythm of the accompanying folk songs.

“Hopefully this innovation can be an input in the development of the Tunjungan Surabaya area for the government, as well as to provide education, comfort, entertainment, and things related to culture to the community,” hoped Dinda Kayana Rizky (PWK, 2020) as the team leader.

Apart from Dinda, this idea is also a contribution from the thoughts of her four colleagues; Aurellia Parasti Jasmine (PWK, 2020), Farhan Sidqi (PWK, 2020), Farhan Sahir Muhammad Alfayi’ (Water Resources Engineering, 2020), and Annisa Riski (PWK, 2019).

Under the guidance of Eddi Basuki Kurniawan, ST., MT., the team will compete at the 34th National Student Scientific Week (PIMNAS) 2021 selection in the Constructive Futuristic Ideas (PKM-GFK) with the title “Art Cultural District At Tunjungan With Nusantara Art Expression Space to Realize Sustainable Cultural Education”. (humasft)