Look at what they replaced it with!

Last year, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (KL City Hall) destroyed an iconic sculpture by the late Syed Ahmad Jamal (1929-2011) called Lunar Peaks. Although NGOs and individuals tried to stop the demolition, it fell on deaf ears and in under a few hours, a national treasure was lost. Today, we can see the “superior” landscape design replacing our national treasure.

Read the authority’s attempt at justifying the destruction of the sculpture here.

The leftover rubble of the sculpture now piled by the roadside near Balai Seni Visual Negara (National Visual Arts Gallery). Hopefully the future generation will learn from this grave mistake and be more appreciative towards our national heritage.

UTM Architecture Alumni Visit 2016

I was given the privilege by KALAM Centre to share our collection of architectural heritage studies with our visiting alumni in conjunction with the Grand Alumni Dinner we organized the night before.

Heritage studies is a component in our architectural programme that exposes the students to traditional vernacular architecture. Initially it covers only old Malay houses, but eventually it has expanded over the years to cover all sorts of architecture, focusing on historically rich and culturally significant constructions in South East Asia.

Here you can see some of the scaled models of some of the oldest surviving mosques in Negeri Sembilan produced recently in August 2016.

Universal Design for All

Here’s an introduction piece I did to close the #inktober 2016 challenge. For the whole month I’ve attempted to produce one drawing a day, each day focusing on a specific disability and how it can/should/would be solved using architecture.

It had a great reception on Facebook, and I’m really glad that it got the attention of people who’re concerned about disabilities, the authorities as well as the general public. A local social media news site also covered and published about it! Read about it here (it’s in Bahasa Malaysia!).