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Brickfields: As Witness by Mano Maniam

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ABOUT THE TALK

Brickfields is a diverse neighbourhood with dozens of religious institutions, schools, associations as well as social and welfare organizations within a square mile, all with a history of more than a century. It is in serious threat of rapid change and is at odds with its own past and its future. 

Brickfields: As Witness explores the changing image of this neighbourhood through Mano’s eyes. He fears that Brickfields will no longer reflect that colour and become just a giant communication “go-to/come-from place”. 

This narrative will also uncover the stories he has experienced as an inmate of this colorful suburb. 

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

ManoManiam01An actor, director, teacher and voice over artist, Mano Maniam is well known for his roles as Uncle Chan in the local TV series ‘Kopitiam’ and as Moonshee in Hollywood’s ‘Anna and the King’.

As a cultural anthropologist, he is curious on examining how cultures merge, collide and intertwine. Brickfields has become the center of his curiosity and observation.

Having lived in Brickfields for over 30 years, Mano has seen the land and peoplescape change, unsure of its destiny.

THIS KUL CITY: A CAPITAL IDEA! SHAPING KUALA LUMPUR

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Founded on the confluence of two rivers, modern Kuala Lumpur has survived floods, fires and uprisings to become one of South East Asia’s most vibrant cities.

In Shaping Kuala Lumpur, award-winning, internationally acknowledged and eminent architect and urban planner Dato’ Ar. Hajeedar Majid shares his experiences on how different events, policies and programmes have helped shape the development of Kuala Lumpur in its first two decades as Federal Territory.

Shaping Kuala Lumpur also features planner, Ahmad Jefri Clyde. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of urban planning and architectural design, and has lived and worked in Malaysia since 1981. Dato’ Ar. Hajeedar and Ahmad Jefri will discuss place making and urban planning and how Kuala Lumpur measures up to these tenets for a sustainable and inclusive city.

BIOGRAPHY OF SPEAKERS

Dato HajeedarDato’ Ar. Haji Hajeedar Abdul Majid

Dato’ Ar. Haji Hajeedar Abdul Majid, a graduate of Portsmouth Polytechnic, United Kingdom in 1972 in Architecture, started his architectural profession in Brighton, U.K before joining Urban Development Authority (UDA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as Architect and ending as Deputy Director.

Dato’ Ar. Hajeedar established his firm, Hajeedar and Associates Sdn. Bhd in 1978 in Kuala Lumpur, and has successfully tackled several challenging building projects from mosques, conservation of historical buildings, institutions and commercial projects.

Dato’ Hajeedar’s contributed to the inclusion of a conservation chapter in Kuala Lumpur 1st Structure Plan; his conservation and restoration works on Industrial Courts, Infokraf Centre, Kuala Lumpur Museum; conservation and re-adaptation work on Carcosa Seri Negara, commercial projects such as the high rise office buildings for Development Bank, MNI Twin Tower, Telekom Regional Office, PNB Service Apartments and the Tabung Haji Building in Ipoh. Religious projects include the Abu Bakar As –Siddiq mosque in Bangsar, the IIUM Mosque in the Gombak Campus; the SAAS mosque in Petaling Jaya, Putrajaya Musollas in Precinct 8 and 9 and Islamic Centre and National Mosque in Republic of Maldives.

Dato’ Ar. Hajeedar is an active member of the Institute of Malaysian Architects (PAM), he was President of PAM (1985-87), he was also involved in the initiative for Aga Khan Foundation For Islamic Architecture in 1980 and the Architect advisor to Kuala Lumpur City Hall for 11 years. For his conservation and restoration works, he was awarded the Penguin Prize by the Norwegian Government in 1985. He has been conferred Datukship from Selangor (2009) & Negeri Sembilan (2015) and received the PAM Gold Medal Award in 2012.

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Ahmad Jefri Clyde received his Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland, Australia. He started his profession at the Department of Trade & Industry, Australia in 1972. His first stint in Malaysia was Daya Bina Akitek Sdn.Bhd. After 7 years, Ahmad joined Country Heights Sdn. Bhd as Technical Manager before becoming Principal for AJC Planning Consultants. He is currently Director for AJC Planning Consultants Sdn.Bhd since 2002.

Ahmad Jefri has received numerous awards for his contribution to town planning, such as the FIABCI Award for Residential Development in 1992, the FIABCI Award for Planning, Urban Redevelopment, Rehabilitation & Conservation in 2003, the Negeri Sembilan Town & Country Planning Award for Best Planned Neighbourhood and the MIP Award for Best Planned Housing Scheme for the Bukit Jelutong Township in Shah Alam.

He is currently a member of the Planning Institute of Australia and the Corporate Member of the Malaysian Institute of Planners. Ahmad Jefri also became a member of the Board of Town Planners in Malaysia in 2000.

KUL STORIES: THE HERITAGE BATTLE

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THIS KUL CITY is back and this time, its a BATTLE! 

Come watch Victorian Chacko Vadaketh and Johanian Zahim Albakri make their case for their alma mater!

If you are a Johanian or a Victorian, come show your support!

#SJIvsVI #heritagebattle #thiskulcity 

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NEW DATE- THIS KUL CITY: DISCOVER KWALA LUMPUR

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We’re BACK ON AGAIN!

This time the walk is scheduled for SATURDAY, 5 DECEMBER 2015

Starting Point: Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad

Time: 8.00am – 12.00noon

Come dressed comfortably, wear your hats, umbrellas and comfortable shoes. It’s going to be a wonderful morning exploring the city!

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THIS KUL CITY: DISCOVER BRICKFIELDS, SATURDAY 13 JUNE 2015

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Hello there! Our second discovery walk –  THIS KUL CITY: DISCOVER BRICKFIELDS kicked-off with even more excitement! We had more than 200 people joining the walk and participating in the various activities we had from taking selfies with the swami to folding a lotus flower.

We are in the midst of compiling all the awesome stuff that went down on Saturday, 13 June 2015- photos, videos, feedback and info. In the meantime, check out the walking map we used to explore Brickfields. Just click the link below to download a copy of the map and explore Brickfields on your own. Let us know your thoughts on the walk in the comments below or through our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/heritagemalaysia:

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BWM launches THIS KUL CITY!

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Badan Warisan Malaysia (BWM), together with the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (MBRAS) with our project partner, Think City Sdn. Bhd today launched THIS KUL CITY, is a multi-dimensional programme that comprises elements of cultural mapping, youth engagement & historical documentation. This programme will run over a period of 18 months. 3a1a5592-0859-40db-9d71-cdc908899819 Read the rest of this entry »