BWM Talk Series

BWM Talk Series: Preserving Natural Heritage for the Future: Case Study – Gunung Kanthan

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)

Live Webinar Details

Date: Monday, 13 September 2021
Time: 8:00PM (GMT +8) / UK 1:00PM (GMT+1)
Live Webinar. Free Admission.

Moderator: Lim Wei-Ling, President of Badan Warisan Malaysia

Speakers:
Dr. Ruth Kiew, Forest Research Institute Malaysia Fellow

Katherine Malone-France, Chief Preservation Officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Dame Fiona Reynolds, Chair of International National Trusts Organisation

About The Talk

Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM) has been highlighting the imminent forced closure, eviction and possible destruction of the century-old Sakyamuni cave temple and monastery with its unique contents located at Gunung Kanthan, situated north of Ipoh in Perak, Malaysia.

Gunung Kanthan is one of the geological heritage geoparks comprising limestone hills in the Kinta Valley National Geopark. Together with the other limestone outcrops, it forms the distinctive karst landscape surrounding Ipoh. This limestone outcrop is on the verge of irreversibly losing its priceless geological, biological, architectural, archeological, cultural, tourist and recreational values to limestone quarrying by the current owner of the land on which Gunung Kanthan is situated.

In collaboration with International National Trusts Organisation (INTO), which BWM is a member of, we are bringing together international experts to shine a light on Gunung Kanthan and to share experiences in grassroots advocacy amongst our global National Trust family. We will also talk about the importance of protecting cultural landscapes for their beauty and intrinsic value, but also as sacred spaces, for wellbeing and for the economic value of a good quality environment.

We hope you can join the webinar, and show your support for saving significant heritage sites and values for posterity.


CORRECTION

With reference the webinar organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in their BWM Talk Series , “Preserving Natural Heritage For The Future: Case Study – Gunung Kanthan that was held on 13th September 2021 and as a speaker in my capacity as a representative of the Malaysian Cave and Karst Conservancy, I wish to refer to a statement made in my presentation, namely: “In 2020, Associated Pan Malaysia Cement was awarded a mining license for Zone C” should be corrected to “In 2020, the ownership/lease period of Gunung Kanthan was extended to a cement company”.

In addition, I refer to Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi, Perak Housing, Local Government and Tourism Committee Chairman, was quoted as clarifying that there is “no issue of awarding or extending contracts to any company to carry out fresh quarrying at Gunung Kanthan” (the Vibes, 15/9/2021).

Ruth Kiew
15th September 2021

An Afternoon with Professor Dr. Ar. Jimmy C.S. Lim

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City Institute.

Live Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 26 June 2021
Time: 4:00 PM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Moderator: Datuk Christopher Boyd D.P.S.M.
Free Admission

ABOUT THE TALK

Jimmy C.S. Lim reflects on the early days of Badan Warisan Malaysia and discusses issues on built heritage then and now.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Jimmy Lim Cheok Siang is a Founder Member and First Vice President of Badan Warisan Malaysia (The Heritage of Malaysia Trust), A past-President of Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) (Malaysian Institute of Architects), past-President of Friends of Heritage, Founding Member and Executive Council Member of World Association of Chinese Architects (WACA), and Past Convenor of Architects’ Regional Council of Asia (ARCASIA) Fellowship.

Jimmy was educated at University of New South Wales, Australia. His work is renowned and recognised for its uncompromising and unconventional sustainable equatorial tropical architecture, which is renewable; that explores and celebrates “the Rites of the Tropics”, typified by “architecture without walls”, the delineation of floors, exploding of walls, multi-layered roofs for natural ventilation of energy efficiency.

Jimmy’s multiple awards include the PAM Gold Medal Award and the coveted Aga Khan Award for Architectural Excellence. He lectures extensively at conferences, seminars and teaches at various Colleges and Universities around the world.

MODERATOR

Christopher Boyd recently retired from Savills Malaysia, an international firm of professional property consultants, where he was Executive Chairman since 2001. He is a registered valuer in Malaysia with over 42 years’ property experience in the country and a further 12 years’ in the UK, Australia and Singapore. Datuk Boyd is a British citizen with Malaysian Permanent Residence.

Datuk Boyd’s professional career in Malaysia started in 1974 as a partner in Jones Lang Wootton, international property consultants. He went on to become Managing Partner of Knight Frank Baillieu Malaysia and joined Regroup (formerly CBRE and now Savills) after 6 years as Managing Director of a listed development company.

Datuk Boyd is a Life Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia and was the Honorary Treasurer from 1997 to 2014. He is a Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Malaysian Nature Society, Chairman of the Hash Heritage Foundation and Trustee (Treasurer) of the Aged European Fund

BWM Talk Series: Measured Drawings & Surveys – What Are They?

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Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City Institute.

Live Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 27 March 2021
Time: 4:00 PM (Kuala Lumpur, GMT+8)
Topic: Measured Drawing & Surveys – What are they?
Speaker: Ar. Lim Take Bane, Council Member, Badan Warisan Malaysia
Moderator: Anand Krishnan, Council Member, Badan Warisan Malaysia
Free Admission

ABOUT THE TALK

This is an introduction into the way heritage and historical buildings were documented in the past for the purpose of later reproducing, or the restoration of those heritage architecture.

Before the advent of photography in the 19th century, followed by motion pictures or movies, and now, drone photos and videography; buildings and places were previously recorded through paintings or hand sketches with annotation. Travel journals abounded with thumbnail sketches and larger scale illustrations of places and buildings of interest. A young western gentleman rounded up his education through travel on a Grand Tour of places and monuments of antiquity in Greece, ancient Rome, and other parts of Europe, to learn about different, cultures, societies and lifestyles. Measured drawings and surveys constitute a vital part of their diaries of their travels.

This short talk shall explore the measured drawings and surveys of architecture throughout the world. From ancient Greece, Rome, and Constantinople (Istanbul) to India. From Chinese gardens and architecture to shophouses of Malaysian towns like Kuala Terengganu, Taiping, Ipoh and Muar.

The vital role played, usefulness and nature of measured drawings and surveys shall be revealed and shared.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Ar. Lim Take Bane hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He schooled at St John’s Institution (1967-75), Kuala Lumpur and furthered his tertiary studies in Architecture in Canterbury, Kent (1976-82). He trained in London and is a chartered architect in the United Kingdom (1983), as well as a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1984 – present). Upon his return to KL in 1984, he worked with various local firms including Razaly Associate Architects and Arkitek Tenggara, before setting up his own practice ARKITEK SHILPA in 1989.

He was involved in award-winning conservation projects with Ar. Chen Voon Fee like, KL Central Market and Central Square – the Annexe (1988-89), Malaysia Mining Corporation Building in Jalan Tangsi (conversion into Mahkota College (1988) and the Creative Centre of the National Art Gallery (1990-91). He was made a Fellow of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (Malaysian Institute of Architects) in 2010, a Founding Council Member of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (2014-16) and a Council Member of Badan Warisan Malaysia (2016-present).

Take Bane’s architectural work ranges from small scale private houses to official residences, commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, and their interiors. He has worked in the region including Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Singapore and Malaysia. He has taught architecture at University of Malaya (UM) and other local colleges.

His keen interest in heritage conservation led him to be involved in documenting heritage shop houses in Kuala Terengganu, Ipoh, Taiping, Kuching and Muar in UM-NUS joint studios of University of Malaya-National University of Singapore, which he coordinated between 2005-2014. Take Bane’s other interests include photography, ikebana, tea drinking, calligraphy and the performing arts.

RESTORING STADIUM MERDEKA – FOR THE RECORD

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Restoring Stadium Merdeka - For the Record

Organized by Badan Warisan Malaysia in collaboration with Think City Institute.

Webinar Details

Date: Saturday, 12 December 2020
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM (inclusive of Q&A)
Moderator: Lim Wei-Ling, President, Badan Warisan Malaysia
Free Admission

ABOUT THE TALK

Professor Ar. Laurence Loh shares with us the inside story behind the highly successful restoration of Stadium Merdeka. It is a story worth telling as it embodies the personal agendas and missions of key personalities in Badan Warisan Malaysia and describes the conversations that led up to the execution of the project.

What went on behind the scenes to set the stage for one of Malaysia’s most important conservation projects undertaken to date? 

How did Badan Warisan Malaysia, through Laurence’s technical leadership, craft the conservation approach to ensure it attained the Award of Excellence in the 2008 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards cycle?

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Professor Ar. Laurence Loh, AA Dip, APAM, MIID, ICOMOS, FHKICON, graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1974 and returned to Penang in the same year to start his professional career. Laurence is a self-taught architectural conservation pioneer who has dedicated a large portion of his professional life and time to putting Penang and Malaysia on the World Heritage map through his high-profile architectural conservation projects, both theoretical and physical. The restoration of the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (1995 PAM Award of Excellence in Conservation and 2000 UNESCO Most Excellent Award) kickstarted his involvement in the field. In 2019, PAM bestowed upon him the PAM Gold Medal Award for Design Excellence.

As an architect, he has consistently produced best practice exemplars that set benchmarks for the cultural profession to emulate and he continues to push the boundaries to match universal expectations. His major architectural achievements, of which some are modern works, are iconic milestones that have directly and indirectly catalyzed change and influenced the architectural conservation process, design and policy locally, nationally and internationally.

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