PAMSC Book-The History of Architecture in Sarawak Before Malaysia in Kuching

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PAMSC Book-The History of Architecture in Sarawak Before Malaysia in Kuching
12th July 2018 7:00 pm
12th July 2018 9:30 pm
29th June 2018
PAMSC Centre
Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
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In this talk Dr John Ting will cover his journey in the research and writing of the book. This book is the first comprehensive history of the architecture and settlements of the State. Like other states in Malaysia, the region now known as Sarawak has had a complex social, cultural and political history. The state has been influenced by a unique combination of many different groups with many distinct and different voices interacting with each other in different ways. Architecture in Sarawak cannot be separated from political, cultural, geographical, social and economic factors. While this book searches for the origins of the State’s architecture, it also explores the effect of the changing relationships between Sarawak’s groups and sub-groups, including locals, migrants and colonials, on the creation of architecture and settlements. This includes the backgrounds of the ideas behind pre-modern and modern building types, architecture, materials, construction and settlements, and how these ideas changed over time.

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Dr John H.S. Ting (Assistant Professor – Faculty of Arts & Design University of Canberra)

Dr John Ting is an architect, researcher and educator. He teaches in the architecture program in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra, and has previously lectured extensively in tropical design, construction and Southeast Asian architectural history. He holds a PhD from the university of Melbourne, and a professional degree in architecture from RMIT University. His present research investigates the history of architecture in Sarawak, the vernacular architecture of Malaysia, and mobile and prefabricated timber buildings in nineteenth century colonial Southeast Asia and Australia. He also runs his own practice which is involved in commercial, residential, heritage and architecture research projects in Australia and Malaysia.


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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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