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posted on: 29-May-2012

The very term “Low-Cost Housing” assumes that the challenge is to find innovative ways to reduce the cost of building houses and in doing so, making it affordable for every family to own, regardless of their income level. The problem is seen primarily with an engineering solution – of how to mass produce houses as low-cost as possible. In this paper, the problem is seen through another perspective, a social standpoint. From this point of view, it becomes obvious that placement and concentrating families of the poor – financially and socially stressed – in one location, does not make sense. The higher the concentration of people in these low-cost housing areas, the more unmanageable the social problems become. The Affordable Mosaic Housing concept is an alternative to the present Low-Cost Housing paradigm. This model of cluster houses and clustered neighbourhoods aims to produce better social, environmental and aesthetic environments, by using land more efficiently with fewer roads.

posted on: 17-Apr-2012

Homes are getting more and more expensive in Malaysia – out of reach of not only the poor but also for many first time buyers. Globally, half the world do not have good housing. This talk hopes to make the case for architecture that is more about providing functional cost effective solutions – better homes for more people, rather than about aesthetic expression. Ar. Mazlin will present the results of the work, studies, research and projects – done in his office and with his collaborators in the design of standard plans for housing and the application of IBS, in making homes thermal comfortable, in neighbourhood layout design, and more recently, the provision of infrastructure and transportation.

posted on: 10-Apr-2012

Date: 5th July 2012

Venue: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Now open for registration!

posted on: 10-Apr-2012

International Architectural Design Conference

Date: 6&7 July 2012
Venue: Plenary Hall, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Now open for registration!

posted on: 03-Apr-2012

Letter from the Majlis Perbandaran Padawan for the attention of all PAM Members.

posted on: 03-Apr-2012

Update 18 April 2012 : The Schedule has been changed and the Workshop sessions are now conducted every Wednesday evening, 7:30pm onwards (unless otherwise stated).

The Graduates Sub-committee, with the full support from PAMSC is organising workshops for LAM Part3 exam candidates.

Experienced architects, including Ar. Chew Chung Yee, Ar. Ng Chee Wee & Ar. Michael Wong, have volunteered to assist in these workshops. They hope to share some tips, insights and their experience from being past examiners and attending LAM Part3 workshops in KL.

The Sub-committee intends also to invite the candidates who have recently passed to share their study tips, notes and advice during these workshops.

LAM Pt3 exams workshop sessions will be conducted at PAMSC centre at Queen’s Court on every WEDNESDAY evenings, 7:30pm onwards (unless otherwise stated).

posted on: 20-Mar-2012

Learn more about the Architect’s Appointment from Ar. Sunny Chan Hean Kee. Learn why you need an appointment letter and various other important details for an Architect.

posted on: 16-Mar-2012

PAMSC organized a Study Tour to Taipei, Taiwan from 25th February to 1st March 2012. Around 20 PAMSC Members, spouses and friends joined the Tour. There are lots of interesting experiences and anecdotes to share, so we are organizing a Post Taipei Gathering for those who have joined the Tour as well as any other Members who are interested. Please come to share some drinks, tit bits and fun !

posted on: 14-Mar-2012

Sustainable Architecture: The Way Forward

Approved for 4 CPD Points
Date: 31st March 2012 (Saturday)
Venue: Pullman Hotel, Kuching
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Main Sponsors: BlueScope Lysaght (Sarawak) Sdn. Bhd.

posted on: 28-Feb-2012

Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia Sarawak Chapter will be having our 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 7th of April 2012 (Saturday). The AGM will begin at 9.00am.

All members are welcome to attend the AGM at the PAM Sarawak Chapter Secretariat. LAM CPD points have been applied (1 point).

posted on: 21-Feb-2012

Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations–such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library and the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto–are working examples of the Dutchman’s visionary theories about architecture and urban society. But Koolhaas’ work is as much about ideas as it is about constructing buildings; he is equally celebrated as a writer and social commentator. For Koolhaas, what is essential is not to create individual masterpieces, but to provoke and excite through the wide range of his activities. REM KOOLHAAS: A KIND OF ARCHITECT is an engaging portrait of a visionary man that takes us to the heart of his ideas. Directors Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch have made a visually inventive, thought-provoking portrait of the architect, prompting Rem Koolhaas to state, “It’s the only film about me that I have liked.”

posted on: 18-Jan-2012

PAM Award is Malaysia’s highest recognition for architectural excellence, and the most recognised honour for architects, clients/owners and builders/contractors.

We invite nominations from all PAM members, members of the industry and the public. The deadline to submit nominations is 5.00pm Thursday, 16 February 2012. All nominations to be forwarded to PAM Secretariat by hand, post, fax or email.

posted on: 17-Jan-2012

HOW THE GREEN KARMA IS GOING TO RUN OVER THE BROWN DOGMA or
THE FUTURE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS
Sustainability or ESD, most commonly called “green”, has become a mainstream political issue around the world in the last 10 years. Central to increases in energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gases (so called E2G2) are improvements in urban planning and building. But this hope, more like hype, is misplaced, either being simplistic in its intentions, or missing the mark in its effects. This talk discusses the current orthodoxy and shows how a culture of “real green” design could lead to a more sustainable future.

posted on: 27-Dec-2011

Don’t forget to register for the Jean Nouvel Movie Nite on the 5th of January.

posted on: 21-Dec-2011

Jean Nouvel is a french architect who’s work is demonstrative, dark, primal and unreserved.

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This CPD will examine the roles and responsibilities of the Architect under the Housing Development Act (Act 118 Peninsular Malaysia 2007) and the Sarawak Housing Ordinance (1993) and related regulations. It will cover an overview of the two sets of laws in force in West Malaysia and Sarawak and point out the major differences. A brief outline of the certification process under the housing acts and ordinances and the management of quality in relation to this certification is reviewed. Managing common defects and complaint is also considered.

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