In the month of November, 2018, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) hosted a 13-day Malaysian Study Tour programme for 10 students and 2 staffs from Tianjin ChenJian University (TCU). The event was co-organised by Division of Student Affair, Department of Architecture & Sustainable Design and Centre for Sustainable Architecture. TCU students came from combined academic disciplines from Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. They attended workshops specially designed to expand their insights on vernacular architecture in tropic ASEAN countries with a focus on Malaysia.
Apart from the academic activities, the delegates were treated to an array of Malaysian foods embroidered in rich ethnic histories. Their gastronomic experience included sampling various delicacies from fragrant nasi-minyak, palate-tingling curry chicken bread, rich Baba and Nyonya food, to sumptuous Malaysian version of South Indian dishes. They also had the opportunity to partake in the creation of their own depiction of Malaysia's cultural emblem and treasure - the traditional Malaysian Batik, which they thoroughly enjoy
UTAR team won 2nd place at the Sunway Iskandar Catalytic Development Design Challenge 2018. Prizes include RM6000 cash, certificates and 4 team park tickets to Sunway Lagoon. The competition was opened to university students from Malaysia and abroad. The challenge was to think 'out-of-the-box', in developing a theme park project on a 77 acres land in Sunway Iskandar, Johor. Some of the key criteria include: The proposed development should NOT incur any Entertainment Tax, while it should be able to generate catalytic effects to the region and fulfill Sunway's sustainable agendas. Out of 20 participating teams, 8 teams was shortlisted for final presentation held in Citrine Hub, Sunway Iskandar on 31 Oct to 1 Nov.
1. Hillary Tan Yee Qin (M.Sc, Yr1)
2. Voon Jia Wen (M.Arch, Yr1)
3. Chong Yong Kheen (M.Arch, Yr1)
4. Chan Liang Yee (M.Arch Yr1)
Team mentor: Dr. Lim Poh Im
Seven Masters of Architecture students led by Mr. Sebastian Yeow from COSA attended the Sixth Platform for Asian Architecture & Urbanism (6PAAU) International Workshop, held from 11th to 15 October in Surabaya, Indonesia. Themed as "Embedding fluidity: fluidity in everyday urbanism", the 6PAAU was hosted by Petra Christian University. Historically, PAAU was started by a coalition of universities from Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and India who met annually to discuss issues of interests in Asian architecture and urbanisms. The workshops have since been held annually rotated amongst members, and participated by academic staff and senior architecture students from the member universities in the coalition. In 2018, it has a total of 8 universities from 6 Asian countries, with new members from Malaysia, Indonesia and China. Each year a host university will organize the workshop with a different theme.
PAASWE (PAM Annual Architecture Students Works Exhibition) is an annual event organized by Architects Association of Malaysia (PAM). The 13th Malaysian PAASWE18 was held from 17 October to 21 October 2018 at 1Utama Shopping Centre, Petaling Jaya. The event exhibited students works from universities around Malaysia. This year, UTAR Architecture students garnered two awards, namely god for the "Best Booth Award" and "Favourite Booth" by Sponsor (GIEF) for their deconstructivist tunnel design, Decon(life).
Themed 'VIA', the exhibition saw the participation of 23 local public and private tertiary institutions. According to the guidelines prescribed by PAM, each participating institution was to design a tunnel that showcases the participating students' architectural works. The students were also required to use materials such as bamboo, Z purlin, PVC gutter and metal decks, which were sponsored by Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundation (GIEF) and Thung Hing Group.
The UTAR team includes the advisors: Ms. Rahmawaty, Mr. Wong Yee Choong, the team captain, Wong Jia Wen
and 43 students: Adrian Woo Jia Tseng, Ang Zhao Cong, Austin Lee Yong Yee, Candy Chan Teng Min, Chai Wan Jin, Chai Zhi Zhong, Cheng Yee Shuang, Chong Chia Shen, Chong Jun Hao, Chong Wai Xuan, Chor Zhao Gen, Chow Yuet Mei, Chrislyn Lau Chin Xi, Daniel Chia Jun Xin, Ho Guo Liang, Joey Tay Ruo Yi, Kevin Sia Pik Hao, Khoo Ke Xuan, Kim Zhe Ro, Lau Chi Ying, Lee Ni, Lee Ze Bin, Lim Chen Hee, Lim Jie Min, Lim Jie Ying, Lim Jun Yu, Lim Song Liang, Lim Weyn, Loo Junn Hao, Low Yoong Sheng, Ong Shr Yii, Ooi Yong Jian, Ow Kar Yong, Rebecca Hiu, Sam Kai Xiang, Sin Kah Yee, Tan Hui Lun, Tan Karl Shawn, Tan Tai Yon, Tan Wei Jia, Tan Yu Qin, Tia Nam Keng, and Chang Jing Mei.
The MoU established a basis where both UTAR (COSA) and GIEF can work together on research, activities and programmes to promote the use of bamboo as a sustainable building material and the importance of bamboo in the construction industry, both locally and internationally. The MoU also enables both parties to facilitate the exchange of ideas, knowledge and facilities, which include mutual visits by staff and students, seminars, conference and workshops.
COSA jointly organised the inaugural forum with Taipei Economic & Cultural Office (TECO) in Malaysia on 15 May 2018. The forum featured seven paper presentations from past Taiwan fellowship recipients. It was moderated by Dr Ho Yin Chan from Centre for International Studies, UTAR.
COSA was the main adviser to Asia Interactive Camp (AIC), an outdoor experiential learning interactive camp, organised by UTAR Architecture Students Society, was held from 16-18 March 2018 at Asia Camp, Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor. Themed as 'IKAT', the 3 days and 2 nights camp gathered 100 over architecture students from various universities fostering friendship with camaraderie. Highlights of the activities included constructing bamboo interactive Pondok structure, "Kem" Missions, Adventures in Nature and Talks by Bamboo Experts.