Kuala Lumpur
Architecture Festival 2018

This exhibition was previously featured in the World Urban Forum 9 in Febuary, 2018, Kuala Lumpur.

Date / time :
6th  June – 26th  August 2018

Event :
A part of MY.HSE : The Malaysian Future Housing Case Study Pilot Project

Venue :
Damansara City Mall, Jalan Damanlela, Bukit Damansara, KL

Admission :

The INFONAVIT exhibition presents four? ?sections of information: The first section? ?maps out social, economic and environmental? ?data in order to understand the context? ?of housing in Mexico, it continues with the? ?history, operation and impact that Infonavit? ?has, as Latin America´s largest mortgage? ??institution and the fourth largest in the world.?

It also shows the right to housing and its? ?influence on urban development and compliance? ?with the Sustainable Development? ?Goals and the New Urban Agenda, as well? ?as the minimum criteria that housing has to? ?meet to be adequate.

In the last section, the role of INFONAVIT? ?in the fulfillment of the sustainable development? ?objectives is presented. For that? purpose, different research projects are shown, such as the INFONAVIT - UN Habitat alliance which has positioned Mexico as the country with most cities evaluated by the City Prosperity Index, as well as the projects of disaster relief after the earthquake on September 19th, 2017. Likewise, re-densification proposals, which bring forward strategies to inhibit urban expansion in Mexican cities, regeneration projects designed to recover the urban image and community integration. Finally, the exhibition shows several proposals for self-built housing, that give a solution to a housing problem specific to the context. All of these initiatives are examples of what Infonavit has been doing to achieve sustainable development in recent years.?





An Exhibition about Re-Positioning Market Architecture in Asia by UCSI University School of Architecture and Build Environment, MALAYSIA and ONE BITE DESIGN STUDIO, HONG KONG. In collaboration with KLAF2018

Date / time :
13th - 15th  July 2018

Venue :
White Box, MAP@Publika, Level G2-01, Block A5, No 1, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Admission :

Trading is the catalyst of city development, from village to empire, from rural fabric to urbanization, from industrialization to modern cities. We normally see trading in the form of monetary exchange and financial cycle, but the architectural expressions of trading have always been suppressed and neglected - the Market Architecture. The oldest form of the place of gathering and exchange, has been long forgotten.

The project aims to look at the significance of traditional markets as a cultural connector to connect people, neighborhoods, districts, and among Asian countries. We hope to speculate the changing role of market architecture and the repositioning of this architectural typology in the context of Asia. The documentation and output of the project will be showcased and presented to the public. Workshops and sharing sessions will be organized as a supporting interaction with the public audience.  

A team of architects and educators from cities in Asia will come together at “Re:Market” exhibition to re-position the architectural and cultural significances of market architecture in our Asian context. Focusing on 5 propositions: Retrace, Rethink, Re-edit, Regenerate, and Reconnect, the exhibits in “Re:Market” will explore the future of Market in the various perspectives of city-living - social, economic, environmental, and cultural evolution.

UCSI University School of Architecture and Built Environment will be showcasing their architecture degree student’s works on existing markets in Kuala Lumpur, namely Pudu Wet Market, Old Klang Road Wet Market and Pasar Sentul. Also on exhibition is UCSI Interior Architecture degree student’s works on the existing PJ Old Town market.

Invited architects and academics from Asia: One Bite Design Studio, Hong Kong; Studio Karya, Malaysia; Mentahmatters Design, Malaysia; IDEAWORKSHOP, Malaysia; Maxthreads Architecture & Urban Design, Taiwan; KYX Architects, Singapore and Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) will also be sharing on their market research within their region.

We see the project as the beginning of the documentation and rejuvenation of traditional markets. The interaction between international architects and the local public will facilitate cultural exchange and the sharing of knowledge in the discussion about markets. Our project will carry out the investigation of traditional markets through their heritage significance, environmental challenges and cultural relevance. The investigation in these three areas will help to develop a methodology to develop markets in the new era for a long-lasting repositioning.

James Lim graduated from University of East London. He has worked in London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Vietnam. He is now lecturer and design stream coordinator for UCSI University.

One Bite Design Studio is a Hong Kong-based young practice focusing on architectural, spatial and social design in Asia




Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque, Klang by Linea Architect Sdn Bhd and Badan Warisan Heritage Services

The Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque was officiated as the Suleiman Jamiur Rahmah Mosque when it was completed in 1933. The building was designed as an octagonal garden pavilion-like structure at the foot of the old Astana Mahkota Puri in Klang. It was the largest concrete structure in Malaya in 1933 - quite an engineering feat at a time when reinforced concrete was relatively new.

An Art Deco edifice, the mosque stands as one of the most unique religious architecture in the country. The ambitious project involved close consultations with the fifth Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Alaeddin Suleiman Shah, who selected the site and vetted through the design and planning details. Design credits go to the architect, Leofric Kesteven (Chairman of the Malayan Institute of Architects from 1931 to 1933); John Thomas Chester, the reinforced concrete specialist attached to United Engineers Ltd; and Rodolfo Nolli, the Singapore based Italian sculptor who worked on the ornaments of the building.

The mosque has stood for over eight decades, but not without transformations to its interior and Ablution Pavilion, affecting its original design intentions. Jabatan Kerja Raya Negeri Selangor, with assistance from the Jabatan Warisan Negara and Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor, had successfully completed the restoration of the mosque in November 2017. The building has been brought back to its original 1933 appearance (as closely as possible), which includes the uncovering of colourful bas reliefs adorning its upper walls and its original sunken ablution pond.

As consultants to Jabatan Kerja Raya Negeri Selangor, Linea Architect Sdn. Bhd. and Badan Warisan Heritage Services had worked together in recording the original architectural details and the construction process involved in the restoration of the Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque from 2015 to 2017. These records serve as references to understand Malaya's architectural scene in the early 1930s and would be displayed at PAM Centre from 20th to 26th August 2018.

The Sultan Suleiman Royal Mosque was placed under the National Heritage list in 2012. The re-opening ceremony of the mosque took place on 3 November 2017, officiated by the Sultan of Selangor, HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Alhaj.

The exhibition is a collaboration between Badan Warisan Malaysia and KLAF.