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Collegetown Gets a Lookbook and More! 2023 Summer Intern Spotlight Interview: Henny Angkasa

Greetings, advocates of education, sustainability, and historic preservation!

Image of Henny smiling and looking into the camera. She is in front of a door removed from one of collegetown's demolished buildings

Allow us to introduce you to Henny Angkasa, a passionate individual who recently embarked on a 2+ month long journey as an intern with Historic Ithaca. From May 30 to August 4, Henny worked diligently on two projects that aligned with her interests in preserving architectural heritage and promoting sustainable solutions for the future.

The first project assigned to Henny was the creation of a lookbook for Collegetown in Ithaca. Collegetown, the neighborhood just south of Cornell University, houses students, faculty, and locals alike. With a keen eye for detail, Henny used her photography skills to capture the cultural richness of this unique area. Through the lookbook, she aimed to capture each building in a designated area of Collegetown to document the rapid changes happening there.

The title page of Henny's Project which focuses on best practices for heat pump installation

The second project Henny worked on will be helpful to locals. She is compiling best practices to serve as guidance for air source heat pump installation at local historic properties. This document will be useful to both property owners and contractors and help pave the way for a greener and more sustainable future for the City of Ithaca.

Currently enrolled in Cornell's preservation program, Henny found her internship experience to be immensely valuable. Fueled by her undergraduate studies in Architecture she says she developed a profound fascination for historic architecture, marveling at the “enduring qualities of structures built to withstand the test of time for hundreds and thousands of years.” Drawing inspiration from the design styles and materials used in historical buildings, Henny says she hopes to “find innovative ways for these structures to harmoniously coexist with modern architecture in the 21st century.”

When asked about her motivation and interest in these projects, Henny shared insight on the unique nature of summers in Ithaca. “Its size, not too large nor too small,” provided the perfect setting for her to gain a comprehensive understanding of how a city operates. The projects assigned to her felt highly relevant in today's world, where the preservation of history and sustainable development are paramount. She added “[Ithaca’s] beautiful weather seals the deal.”

Henny's path to this internship was serendipitous, having discovered the opportunity through Professor Michael Tomlan and Cornell's handshake application. With immense gratitude, she acknowledges the guidance and support provided by Historic Ithaca and the City of Ithaca. She mentions Historic Ithaca’s Christine O’Malley and Bryan McCracken, Historic Preservation Planner for the City of Ithaca, in particular, who both played pivotal roles as mentors.

To all the supporters of our nonprofit, we extend our heartfelt appreciation. Your support empowers individuals like Henny Angkasa to make a tangible difference in preserving our shared history and building a sustainable future for generations to come.

Both of Henny’s projects will be available through Ithaca’s Planning Department and Historic Ithaca will provide links via our website in the near future. Keep an eye out for the announcement by following us on Facebook and subscribing to our monthly newsletter.

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