Public Design Lecture Series was started in 2015 by PAM Sarawak Chapter as they believes that the public should learn about good design and architecture – that architecture is not only for special occasions and people, but for every day and everyone. The second of the Public Design Lecture Series was held on Malaysia Day. About 200 people braved the rain to attend the lecture at the MBKS auditorium. The event was sponsored by UGI-EcoSteel with the support of MBKS, in providing the venue.
The audience comprised of members of the general public as well as the architecture fraternity, including the hundred or so students from UCTS, Kolej Laila and Limkokwing. The lectures lasted about two hours with a Q & A session at the end.
The 3 speakers’ work share a common bond; one of genuine interest and concern for the end- users, and the community. MNSC Architects shared their experiences and projects as a husband and wife team. Lau Ming Ngi and Thang Suh Chee talked how the milestones in their life intertwined with those in their practice. While Wong Siew Ling worked with volunteers to build community buildings in the highlands – often travelling for days to arrive at the site. He feels that the bond of working and building together as a community outweighs the physical building itself.
Invited speakers from West Malaysia; Tetawowe Atelier talked about their interest in architectural activism. Often challenging the client’s brief to include aspects which benefit community life. Tey Tat Sing and Wong Wei Ping shared their ideas about office culture and work with their neighbours in ‘planting’ ideas and a community garden. Their work and MNSC’s can be found on-line in their websites or on Facebook.
The public lecture series is part of our social initiative to heighten awareness about the value of good design, especially in students, which is why PAMSC celebrates World Architecture Day each year with student projects.
PAM Sarawak Chapter
Event sponsored by:
UGI-Ecosteel & MBKS
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Event Highlight [01:00]
Ar. Lau Ming Ngi & Ar. Thang Suh Chee (MNSC Architects)[18:25]
Ar. Wong Siew Ling [22:03]
Wong Wei Ping & Tey Tat Sing (Tetawowe Atelier) [44:01]