Johor Bahru Architecture Exhibition : JBcityEX

In Conjunction of 13th JB Art Festival 2016 in October, UTM in collaboration with ThinkCity organised an annual exhibition and workshops for architectural and design related activities in the field of built environment. The aim of these participatory activities is to give opportunity for researchers, stakeholders, as well as the public, to be involved in the design decision making process for the growth and development of Johor Bahru city.

Have the conventional sustainable measures taken fulfilled the social, environmental and economic aspects of the development of the street within the surrounding context? How sensitive would this fast growing development of the street be to the presence of these ‘other’ society – those in a way have been socially excluded? JBcityEX 2016 seeks to advocates the following intertwining the sustainability measure into the design of streets for the use of people in Johor Bahru in the process of making it as a ‘Great City’ in the area of Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia.

This program will be a platform for the start of cooperation in realizing “30th National Architectural Workshop 2017”, a collaboration between UTM and other organization bodies . The program will gather more than 600 students from 33 institutions of Architectural School across the region. The program will take place at the Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and the Johor Bahru City in August 2017 as the initiatives to develop and preserve the city of Johor Bahru in collaboration with the local community.

The publics and the corporates would be benefited from this exhibition and forum project. The Architectural Students & as well as the researchers of UTM had come up will many schemes of Johor Bahru Masterplan. There are lots of potential zoning in the masterplan for connectivity method of JB city and as well as the potential business area. Furthermore, there potential reserved and future cultural area as well in promoting the cultural diversity and harmony. We had developed lots of potential idea in rejuvenating Johor Bahru city during our Urban Studio thus it is time to educate the publics and the authorities. Forum session will strengthen and develop our understanding through the process of making Johor Bahru city great.

Informative Urban Design Exhibition and Forum are really essential for the publics to understand the development of a city. They need to be informed and heard during the design process of a city. In this case, the development process of Johor Bahru City. Organising series of workshops was an effective method of public participation for development plan on any structural plan of city. Through the two-way communication kind of workshop, it could create a dialogue session that provides feedback, established trust and credibility in the community and to ensure the planning authority to fulfil their obligations on the needs of the public. In addition, it could let the public to be involved in the earlier process, receive feedback before making any decisions.


In conjunction with KL Design Month on October 2016, DBKL in collaboration with UTM & PAM had organised the second series of an annual architecture exhibition at Kuala Lumpur’s city hall. Due to the succeed of the previous first program, the aim of this participatory activities was still letting researchers, stakeholders & general publics in the design making process.

Ampang road in Kuala Lumpur is a well-known street to the tourists from all over the world coming to visit Malaysia. This is evident as Ampang Road is home to Malaysia’s national icon, the tallest building in the world, i.e. Petronas Twin Tower. Inevitably the road is dear to all fellow Malaysians from all walks of life. As such, the street is famous primarily for its commercial, corporate as well as ambassadorial activities – all of which portrays the vital image of Kuala Lumpur as the capital city of Malaysia. Ampang Road, therefore, positions itself and it is suited to be recognised as the ‘Great Street’ in the Greater Kuala Lumpur.

The above raises several questions vital to the integrated use between the public and private entities on Ampang Road. Have the conventional sustainable measures taken fulfilled the social, environmental and economic aspects of the development of the street within the surrounding context? Would Ampang Road be eligible to be called as a Great Street able to cater for people from all walks of life – the general public, in particular, the youngsters and less fortunate? How sensitive would this fast growing development of the street be to the presence of these ‘other’ society – those in a way have been socially excluded’? Social exclusion in society has much been debated. From the aspect of streets uses for people, some argue that the true public entity of streets (in integrating its use between the public and private) often been neglected, and given lesser attention in public dialogue than economic and environmental sustainability.


In order to understand and immerse in the current trend of the housing problems, our research works has attended the Khazanah Mega Trend Forum 2016 in seeking the current debates and research in Malaysia. The event was held on 26th & 27th September 2016 at The Grand Ballroom, Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The Khazanah Megatrends Forum (KMF) has become one of the highlights of the year at Khazanah. Held annually preceding Khazanah’s strategy and business planning cycle, KMF brings together experts and thought leaders to discuss the main mega trends, as well as to address topical matters of interest.

The Forum entered its 12th annual instalment in 2016. It will continue to be a platform for the gathering of Malaysian corporate leaders, policy makers, think tanks and practitioners from the public and private sectors as well as civil society. It is well attended by over 500 senior leaders. The Forum discussion covered four main perspectives: Macro and Markets, Firms and Transformation, Growth and Development, People and Leadership

The Khazanah Research Institute is a not-for-profit organisation sponsored by Khazanah Nasional Berhad. The objective of the Institute is to undertake analyses and research on the pressing issues of the nation and, based on that research, provide actionable policy recommendations. Khazanah Research Institute started its operations in 2014.

Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah) is the strategic investment fund of the Government of Malaysia. Khazanah holds and manages selected commercial assets of the Government and undertakes strategic investments on behalf of the nation. We are involved in sectors such as power, telecommunications, finance, healthcare, aviation, infrastructure, leisure & tourism, and property, amongst others.

In the past 12 years since its inception, the Khazanah Mega Trend Forum has discussed themes ranging from a shifting global economic climate to a reclamation of the global ‘commons’, a new context where uncertainty is normality to the need to generate growth with inclusion in an age of paradox, and most recently, the need to harness creative disruption to unlock inclusive innovation. In those discussions, the KMF has always emphasised the need to move beyond the maximisation of shareholder value to the maximisation of stakeholder value – in this case, the nation, the firm and the individual.

Thus, in keeping with the tradition of KMF, panel discussions on “Geography as Destiny – Reaping the Dividends of Good Stewardship: The Political Economy of Location, Environment, Demographics” will continue to be organised along four perspectives: on how the various markets are affected, what does the theme mean to firms and society in general, and what are the imperatives of leadership? In addition, the KMF will delve deeper into the theme via special panel sessions on Innovation as well as Ethics. The programme and theme will be further enhanced and rounded out by the various Special Addresses and Luncheon Addresses.

In KMF 2015, we explored how by harnessing Creative Disruption, we could unlock the power of inclusive innovation to better understand and improve lives and livelihoods. Indeed, one of the greatest contributions of innovation and technology in an increasingly complex and rapidly shifting world is to helps us better make sense of our world. From big data to virtual reality to social enterprise to machine learning, this panel explores how innovation and technology helps us better understand, and more importantly, empathise with our fellow human beings and our shared global commons.

Kg Padu Johor Bahru Community Research 2016


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, in collaboration with Northumbria University, UK has organized a public and research program in 3rd September 2016, As part of the activity for the research, both organizations are conducting a social service activity. Outreach itself is defined as an effort to bring services or information to people where they live or spend time and an organization’s involvement with or activity in the community, especially in the context of social welfare. The research aimed to develop a community-based eco-tourism program as socio-economy regeneration architectural scheme at Kg Padu Johor Bahru. 

In this shelter project for Kampung Padu Johor Bahru, students and researchers are required to do some survey to Houses at Kampung Padu including knowing how and in what environment the Residence live in, how the society managed to establish a village initially and also measuring The perimeter and the layout of the house.

The theme for this social service is “experiencing cultural settlement in the body of the city”. The social service aims to showcase the very best of the architectural solution to develop the slump area becoming a livable cultural settlement for tourism product. The first of all the objectives of this project is identifying the uniqueness of relation between people and its environment. Secondly, this project is needed in developing laboratory site for low-income population housing models. Finally, the project’s objective is to formalize the area for cultural program host by a residence incorporated with the experienced youth club.


RTM UTM : National Housing Crisis CONFERENCE

UTM has organised a Forum event regarding our National Housing Crisis, PERUMAHAN DI MALAYSIA : “MAMPU MILIK ATAU MAMPU TENGOK” on 24 Ogos 2016 at Dewan Sultan Iskandar, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor. The event itself was mainly organised by Malaysian Counsil of Professor (Majlis Professor Negara).

Housing is a major development program of the nation. Housing development, home ownership and property have always been a major issue in the discussion of our geopolitics. Studies has been made by the Institute Sultan Iskandar (ISI) of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Survey Research Group (SRG UTM). The level of perception and satisfaction of the people towards the achievement of the housing must be increased not only in number but also in life long belongings.

The Malaysian National Housing Policy has become the future of design and construction outlines for the housing. Housing development should be appropriate to the capabilities, services and the required quality. Recently, Johor State Government introduced the Public Housing Association in effort to help the achievement of affordable housing. It is used to ensure that the developers in providing such priority to the development of the affordable homes in Johor.

The affordable housing should be defined as literally affordable or be able to purchase by common citizens who fall within the target group of middle-income households abilities accordance with the standards specified. The household total income was the most common method used as the standards in evaluating their eligibility. The most critical problem of low-income housing in Malaysia is its affordability for poorer people. As described at the beginning, although the ceiling price has been set by the government, many low income families could not secure the amount of money to buy it. For the government and local authority, it is also difficult to fund the low income housing more than they do now.

As for our Research group initiative, We aim to solve this social problem by adding the time dimension to open building construction with the name ‘Incremental SI (structure-infill) housing. It is the housing supply system where structure is built first with reduced amount of budget, and infill is attached later in an increment manner. Unlike normal open building construction, this allows the bare structure of the first phase construction to be utilised as a basic shelter, and in the following phases, those who moved in can participate in the incremental construction of their homes. By splitting the total construction into smaller manageable volumes, it is expected that the local authority can initiate the development with less risk and financial burden within a limited timeframe. As the nature of house is ‘incremental’, those who moved in can also have flexibility of handling and managing their construction plan, based on their own financial status.