Friday, June 17, 2011

TERANG! 2011 - XXIII Architectural Workshop

Terang! Opening Ceremony 
The Architech Society (UTM, Malaysia) had successfully hosting one of the most anticipated event in the academia of architecture in Malaysia and the region. 'Terang!' is the name given to the XXIII Annual Architectural Workshop 2011. Generally, about 600 architecture participants from more than 20 institutions from all over Malaysia came to join the event. The Architectural Workshop has grown as an event that encourage exchange of ideas and knowledge, expression of opinions in various issues among participants, strengthening ties between the various architecture student communities and opportunities to interact with various parties that are involved in the architectural profession.

A common criticsm is that universities have been regarded as detached from the community. They always claimed the world, not its host city, as its domain. This has sparked an idea to highlight the theme Terang! as a symbol of hope to re-enlighten the soul of Johor Bahru, Johor, one of the most successful empire in its region during early 16th century. The XXIII Architectural Workshop tries to bridge this gap by organizing series of community participation activities in the historical city of Johor Bahru. It may be a small step taken, but participants were exposed to organize activities to the public, involving the public as partners of their creative ideas and making them to understand the importance of community participation in design activities. 

Some of the architectural exhibition from the invited schools.

The main contributors in organizing this event were the Department of Architecture, UTM; Unit Hal Ehwal Mahasiswa UTM; Majlis Bandaraya Johor Bahru (MBJB), Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM); Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Institute Sultan ISkandar UTM (ISI), and also its Platinum sponsor Nippon Paint (M) Sdn Bhd.

Chronology of the Architectural Workshop
1987 - UTM  - (no theme)
1988 - UiTM  - (no theme)
1989 - USM  - Past, Present & Future
1990 - UTM  - Warisan Kita
1991 - UiTM  - Square One
1992 - USM  - Man & Built Environment
1993 - UTM  - Legase
1994 - UiTM  - New Horizon
1995 - USM  - Realizations
1996 - UTM  - Eco-tech
1997 - UiTM  - Symbiosis
1998 - USM  - 1,2,3 Univers...
1999 - UM  - Restrospective for Perspective
2000 - UTM & LICT  - Alternate Realities
2002 - USM  - Convergence
2003 - UM  - Urban Ubiquity
2004 - UIAM  - Soul
2005 - UPM  - KeyTAR (Key to Theoretical Architecture Reconstruction)
2006 - UTM & LUCT  - Olympiarch
2007 - USM  - TRANXXIT
2009 - UiTM  - RUMI
2010 - UKM  - Archustic
2011 - UTM  - Terang! 
2012 - UPM  - PADI (Upcoming event!)

Source: Hamdan Ahmad, Terang! & TerangTV

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