This is a series of monthly lectures & moderated discussions organized by Badan Warisan to explore key elements of built heritage conservation. Designed for architects, planners, academics as well as professionals involved in cultural expressions and heritage tourism, Lensa Warisan aims to promote greater knowledge sharing for more effective protection and management of our built and cultural heritage resources. Join us as we unravel a new topic every second Wednesday of the month at Badan Warisan Malaysia, No 2 Jalan Stonor, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.
Wednesday 14 November 2018,
12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Understanding the Criteria for Listing of Buildings as Warisan Kebangsaan
By Ar. Dr. Helena Aman Hashim
This session will closely examine the criteria for listing of properties on the Daftar Warisan as found in Section 67 (2) of the National Heritage Act (2005). Together, we will critically weigh how the different criteria have been applied to buildings which are gazetted as Warisan Kebangsaan and also appraise how the application of these criteria hold up against that from other countries.
Wednesday 12 December 2018,
12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Understanding Impact Assessments (EIAs, SIAs and HIAs)
By TPr Ishak Ariffin, Director, Via Natura Sdn Bhd
Admission: RM30 (RM20 for Badan Warisan members)
A packed lunch will be provided.
Limited to 25 participants.
To register email email@example.com.
ABOUT THE TALK
We live in the Anthropocene, an age where humans might as well be gods. Across the world, rapid development, deforestation and other forms of environmental degradation are driving habitats and species to extinction faster than we can save them. More than 75 per cent of Malaysians now live in urban areas, generally disconnected from the bulk of nature conservation efforts that take place in large swathes of remaining natural ecosystem far from towns and cities.
Meanwhile, in spite of human action, nature exerts her own agency. While we encroach on wild areas, a sizeable number of plants and animals demonstrate remarkable resilience in adapting to urban settings. While urban areas are seldom associated with biodiversity conservation, patches and pathways of habitats and ecological corridors exist within the city. These support wildlife and challenge our assumptions of sterility, our understanding of urban green space, and our expectations of green cities.
This talk presents the preliminary findings of an ecological survey conducted by The Rimba Project at the Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM) centre in downtown KL. It revisits a decade-old tree-planting project on the site, reviewing its progress and considering its significance amidst the backdrop of rapid development in KL’s Golden Triangle. Presenting a glimpse into the diverse animal life found in BWM’s one-hectare site, this talk argues that space can, in fact, be considered a hybrid expression of ex-situ and in-situ conservation. It is a co-produced space where human and natural agency operates in tandem, where the unexpected encounter with a bird, bat or insect may yet surprise us even as we go about our busy, busy lives.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Benjamin Ong is an ecologist based at the University of Malaya’s Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden, where he founded and manages The Rimba Project, a campus sustainability and urban conservation initiative. In 2016, he was awarded a Chevening-CIMB ASEAN scholarship to study Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews. He won the Chevening Green Volunteer of the Year award in 2017 for his work with the Transition University of St Andrews, a community-based sustainability organisation. Benjamin’s research interests centre on the relationship between human communities and nature, especially in the urban space. He is an avid writer and photographer. His latest book, The Backyard Before You, is a meditation on biodiversity conservation in the urban residential neighbourhood.
VISIT TO MASJID DIRAJA SULTAN SULEIMAN
SATURDAY, 4th AUGUST 2018
[Limited to 50 pax]
Located in Kampung Jawa, Klang, Masjid Diraja Sultan Suleiman (built 1933) is gazetted as National Heritage under National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645). Badan Warisan Heritage Services was the consultant conservator for the restoration and refurbishment of the mosque from 2015 to 2017. On 3 November 2017, the mosque was reopened to the public in a ceremony officiated by HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj, Sultan of Selangor
The visit will be conducted by members of the conservation team.
Attire: Suitable for entry into a mosque
Non-Members: RM20 per person (Free for kids below 8)
ABOUT THE TALK
This talk by Wong Fot Jaw gives us a peek into the Federal Road and Expressway systems in Peninsula Malaysia which he has researched over many years as he travelled around the country. An avid photographer, Wong will illustrate this talk with images from his personal collection.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Wong is a Committee Member of the Kuala Lumpur Tourist Guides’ Association and is especially keen to share his knowledge with the general public as well as with tourist guides through the Continuous Tourism Related Education (CTRE) programme.
Save My Heritage Initiative (#SMHI) is a platform created by Badan Warisan Malaysia to extend our message of heritage appreciation and conservation and to promote the significance and value the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Malaysia.
Working with cultural practitioners, heritage professionals and educators, #SMHI will introduce a varied programme with opportunities for people of all ages from school children, students, academics, professionals and the general public to participate in, and enhance their understanding and knowledge of our heritage. Activities will include talks and lectures, walks and visits to heritage places, training workshops, seminars and events for a wide audience to better understand and be involved in caring for their heritage.
Badan Warisan Malaysia has been championing our nation’s built and cultural heritage since 1982. Our role has been that of a civic trust, building preservation advocate, heritage consultancy and charitable institution with the mission to Educate, Engage and Empower our fellow Malaysians.
To complement and amplify our objectives we will soon launch a new website called SAVEMYHERITAGE.ORG which is an informative and interactive platform where the public can identify heritage assets under threat and generate support for them.
The series of talks and live presentations around the theme Save My Heritage will kick off on 30 July 2016 with Restoring Fort Alice by Ar. Mike Boon.
Ar. Mike Boon will begin his talk begin by giving a context on conservation practice in Sarawak. He will cover the controls and guidelines for conservation projects by looking at some of his earlier restoration works such as the Courthouse, Square Tower, Fort Magherita, and an old shophouse house.
He will then share his experiences on ‘place making’ when designing a new public building and facilities at the foothill of Fort Alice as well as through the restoration and conservation of this Fort. These two projects which took over 10 years to be realised, have created a landmark and returned a green open space to the people of Simanggang (Sri Aman).
A public engagement programme, coined “Reminiscing Forgotten Treasure…Simanggang”, was conducted in parallel with the restoration work, which provided participation of the local community and helped instil a ‘sense of belonging’
He will conclude by touching on his involvement in restoring the Sarawak Museum and the other buildings in the Museum Garden.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Mike Boon graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Western Australia in 1989, and has been practicing in Kuching since then. Following his involvement in the restoration of the Kuching Old Court House project in 2002, Mike has been actively promoting heritage conservation in Sarawak.