Taman Ade Irma Suryani Nasution : After more than 100 years.

Not many people knew about Taman Ade Irma Suryani Nasution, one of the Surabaya’s city garden. Did you know that? Most of them called taman bambu runcing, because there’s a monument of bamboo spear in the center of the park as a vocal point. Tamam Ade Irma Suryani Nasution (AISN for short) are located in jalan Panglima Sudirman (also known as Embong district), central bussiness district in southern Surabaya. The existing of AISN was very significant to Surabaya not only as community or gathering space but also as pollutant filter caused by many motorized vehicle coming up to the unlimited amount.

AISN seen from the topview

Old Map of Surabaya showed where the location was

Left: Old Map of Surabaya showed where the location was

Surabaya city development history told that after the government had actively built downtown area of Surabaya, government and developer decided to develop the eastern and southern part of Surabaya into dwelling houses. At that time the name of jalan Panglima Sudirman was Palmenlaan (the name Palmenlaan came from the words Palm and Laan. Laan means the wide street which in the left and right of the street are planted with lots of shady trees.). To attract customer’s and or buyer’s attention, developer designed a garden in the middle of the housing estate. It was prestigious and stylish living in front of  or near the garden at that time. Around 6 months, all of the facilities and residences had already built. Then they named this district with word Embong (Embong Gayam, Embong sawo, Embong ploso, ect). Not long after the housing estate of Embong district had been formally opened, in 1906 this district became a prestigious real estate of Surabaya and the southern border of the city.

Old view of the park



Previously the basic form of the garden was divided into 4 parts which each part was in rectangular shape. Because of high mobility, population density, and government’s plan to widen the street, then the basic form of the each part had already changed into triangular shape. Now, in the center of the park is established a monument of bamboo’s spear as a central orientation and one of the dominant elements of the city. In shaping urban public space, dominant elements are used to give a sign of significant place. Dominant elements could be a tower, monument, cupola, ect.

Why did people not recognize AISN park? When we passed through the jalan Panglima Sudirman, we could not feel the existing of the park because each parts of the park were separated with a wide street, so there is no intimacy and unity for each other parks. Some people knew about the park, some people did not know that AISN was the prestigious park in early 1900s, some people did not know anything about AISN because there was no intimacy space among the parks. And, What’s about you, reader?


Ir.Handinoto, Perkembangan Kota dan Arsitektur Kolonial Belanda di  Kota Surabaya 1870-1940,

http://maps.google.com/surabaya (accessed in 2006)

AISN’s present Photograph (taken in January 22, 2006)