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Abidin Kusno

Environmental Studies
York University
United States of America


I have taught at various departments at different universities in the past twenty years. This includes architectural schools in Indonesia, policy program at the Institute of Asian Research at UBC, Metropolitan Studies Program at New York University, and Art History Department at SUNY Binghamton. At this particular juncture of my academic life, I am pleased to join FES at York University for the following reasons. My work continues to evolve around the issues of politics, culture and the built environment. It examines the ways in which architecture and urban space represented political cultures of a country (Indonesia, especially the capital city of Jakarta) and how they shaped politics, ideology and consciousness of different social groups at different moments in the country’s urban history. My research however has also revealed a gap in understanding about how “environmental consciousness” informs city politics, governance, urban form, and urban knowledge.

Research Interest

"Global cities Urban/Suburbanism, Politics and Culture History and Theory of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning Nationalism, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism Asian Studies"


  • Abidin Kusno, “The Postcolonial Unconscious: Observing Mega-imagistic Urban Projects in Asia,” in The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, edited by Vinayak Bharne. NY: Routledge, 2013: 168-178.

  • Abidin Kusno, “Jakarta’s City Hall: A Political History,” in City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space, edited by Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White. London: Routledge, 2014: 255-275.

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