Friday, 29 May 2009


(more pics just added.... 8 pm.)

A big Thank You to photographer Zhen Yang!
Will post more pics later...gotta to rush for a project.

Sunday, 17 May 2009


Message from Tony Liew:

Hi everyone

The Grand Prize Winner of the SABD COMPETITION 2009 is …

CHARLES SHARMA NAIDU! Charles, congratulations from all SABD staff!
Lastly, SPECIAL APPRECIATION to members of the Committee Members who made it all possible:

Sr Ang Fuey Lin
Cheah Khai Kid
Chiew Seng Khoon
Ken Tan Siang Chye
Lim Hwa Hong
Shereen Effendy Lee
Dr Veronica Ng Foong Peng


Tony Liew
Programme Director
Taylor's School of Architecture , Building and Design


(Received from bhyap with tx. pls give source if available.)

This is too good to pass by...haha


1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

2. A will is a dead giveaway.

3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

4. A backward poet writes inverse.

5. In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes.

6. A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.

7. If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

8. With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.

9. Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft and I'll show you A-flat miner.

10. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

11. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

12. A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.

13. You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

14. Local Area Network in Australia : The LAN down under.

15. He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.

16. A calendar's days are numbered.

17. A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.

18. A boiled egg is hard to beat.

19. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

20. A plateau is a high form of flattery.

21. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison: a small medium at large.

22. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

23. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

24. If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.

25. When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.

26. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

27. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

28. Acupuncture: a jab well done.

29. Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.

30. The roundest knight at king Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

31. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

32. She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still.

33. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.

34. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

35. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

36. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

37. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

38. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

39. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

40. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, 'You stay here, I'll go on a head.'

41. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

42. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

43. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, 'No change yet.'

44. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

45. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.

46. Don't join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects.

Friday, 15 May 2009

OPEN STREET MALL, BATU PAHAT (updated 17 May 2009)

Just returned from visiting the PAM Award winning Open Street Mall. Nice! Will be a pleasure doing a case study on this for my research.

Ok, Harn, as you have asked...

I'm still in the midst of analysing it, and have yet to get the working dwg from the architects, CWN & Ideas Workshop, but my initial thoughts are as follows.

1. A masterly handling of scale, understanding that the public square needed civic scale, hence the height and imposing nature of the elevation facing the square. (Which, u might have noticed, is not reflected on the opposite end, the entrance side, which is quite "domestic, double storey", etc.

2. An uncompromising option for modern architectural language in spite of being next to the pre-war "vernaculer" claytile and timber-posted, government building, which is nice in itself.

3. A premium placed on phenomenological aspects of architecture to compliment the feel of glass and steel generally: I.e. the rough textured walls with the quotations of balinese sculptured panels and spouts, etc. and the use of pebble wash and rustic tiles and tamped concrete surfaces.

4. The respect for the existing tree, around which the building is built, resulting in a courtyard with bamboo and all that natural stuff.

5. Deep eaves, manneristically, as a reference to Wrightian preoccupations.

6. Unitising of shop units to create individuality and maximisation of shop window footage and doing this with a clear understanding of the flow of circulation and experiential space. Use of circulation spaces (corridors, bridges, staircases, alleyways, court yards, etc.) as design elements in the spatial formal composition.

7. Simple detailing.

Sunday, 10 May 2009


Details of the opening ceremony received from Tony Liew today:

SABD COMPETITION 2009 Opening and Prize Giving Ceremony

Date: 13 May 2009

Venue: The Gallery
Block A3, Ground Floor, Leisure Commerce Square

Judging Ceremony: 11.00 am
Opening of Event: 12.00 noon
Prize Giving Ceremony: 12.30 pm

Refreshments will be served
All are invited to the opening of the art show and competition by SABD lecturers!
Wednesday 13 May 2009
(Rumour has it: Guess the identity of the lecturers' by their art piece and win something! Hehe!)

Here's an extract from the competition brief:


This competition, themed 'Who am I?' is open to all SABD full-time & part-time staff.

The aims of this competition are:

To encourage active participation from staff in artistic realms

To encourage peer competition and interaction through art

To produce artistic representations for students to get to know their lecturers and others within the School

The Product/Outcome

You are required to produce an artistic representation of your self-identity. This product should be an artistic piece of work ready to be presented for an Exhibition to be held at The Gallery, Block A3, Leisure Commerce Square. Your submission can be in either 2-D or 3-D artistic forms (sculpture, arts & crafts products, painting, art, collage) of not bigger than 400mm x 400mm x 400mm in volume.


(pix: Raymann Lucas)

Degree Studio 3: We shall continue with last Thursday's conceptual model inserts for theoretical engagement with the Malacca Wall.

5 of you were absent last Thursday for various reasons, and therefore didn't gain anything from the session. Those present were only able to begin to understand the object of the exercise, and that was nice to see.

Veron and my original requirements remain: Produce at least 2 models for the excercise. If you did 2 last Thursday then you are exempted. (But of course you are encouraged to do a few more if you want to test your theoretical premises with the class.)

(This is in addition to finishing the model wall and producing the shecdule of accommodation for your building, etc. announced last Thursday.)

It is crucial that we encounter theoretical premises at the start so that the design process can be intelligent (instead of superficial) leading to strong outcomes.

The first question raises the issue of how the complexity of history and of historical memory can be expressed in architecture. Because restoration deals with history in architectural terms, it tends, pragmatically, not simply to freeze the past as it may have existed at a given moment. Instead, restoration increasingly responds to the needs of present-day groups and individuals, who often use historic buildings for new purposes. By accommodating historical meaning and contemporary needs, a building retains social meaning rather than becoming simply an object of tourism.
(Extract from 2004 Report of the Master Jury, Aga Khan Award for Architecture. retrieved 2009-05-11)

Saturday, 9 May 2009


All the best to studio 3!!!!
Give it all out..... and......... be prepare for a WONDERFUL studio 4!! XD

Best wishes

Unit 3


Birch Memorial (zone 1)
Benjamin Poh Hann Linn

River Site, Panglima End (zone 4)
Katrina Soo Xia Yin
Wong Jun Hoe
Raja Khadijah
Joan Kong Lui Hui
Lim Tsinn Hsann

Jalan Panglima (zone 4)
Clement Cheng Yu Hong
Tan Yun Ru
Grace Tan Hui Ying
Leow Ee Ling

Lamlooking Bazaar (zone 5)
Tham Chee Yeen
Tan Wee Chun

Ruby (zone 7)
Gan Jing Hao

Unable to contact
Danial Radzmi

Unit 4 (complete)

River site (zone 4)
Siow Meeyi
Patrick Lam
Wong Joon Chian
Chew Kiet Yeang
Tan Wooi Han

River Site(Old man by the tree)
Chong Choong Wai

Wild Cherry
Tam Huei Liq

Li Qun Site (zone 4)
Hau Chun Yang
Wong Hau Yee
Tan Lip Khai

Birch Memorial Site
Aaron Chew Wei-Li
Nordalila Binti Abdul Nasir

UMNO site
Chu Ye-Kiat, Gordon

Green Triangle
Cheryl Kua Sze Wei
Lim See Guan

Friday, 8 May 2009


River Site (zone 4)
Go Chun Yee
Chua Kwee How
Lee Sook Guan
Yeow Li See
Ooi Yee Ruh
Sue Qing Yao

Liquns Site (zone 4)
Tang Li Qun
Ng Wai Sie
Ahmed Arizz Azhar
Tan Chun Aw
Chew Ket Yong
Lim Seow Liang

Umno Site (zone 8)
Leong Lai Tieng
Ow Cheng Kang
Ahmed Thahseen

Wild Cherry (zone 10)
Christina Kemalasari


Birch Memorial (zone 1)
Ong Shien Chii

River Site (zone 4)
Ng Wei Jin
Ker Jun Yee
Chia Ei Lyn
Chee Shi Yin, Ellie
Benny Dieh
Lim Yeong Chwen
Ho Chiah Kwan
Wong Wan Jiuan

Liquns Site
(zone 4)
Aaron Lau Yee Yin
Lee Chai Wei
Fung Yie Jing
Chiang Kean Sien
Jesselyn Lim Zhi Luan

Umno Site (zone 8)
Tok Yee Fui

Wild Cherry (zone 10)
Zaki Maghfur


Ahmad Afiq Danial : River Site (zone 4)
Chai Jun Wai : River Site (zone 4)
Choi Qian Pei : Birch Memorial (zone 1)
Chung Wen Harn : Lam Looking Bazaar (zone 5)
Foong Jun Yih : Wild Cherry (zone 10)
Kua Daphne Chian Chian : Coffin Street (zone 9)
Michelle Wong Ying Ying : River Site (zone 4)
Mohamed Amman Athif : Umno Site (zone 8)
Ngai Jia Kang : Wild Cherry (zone 10)

Ngui Jiun Ling : Furniture Retail Store (zone 7)
Rebecca Sarah Nayagam : Wild Cherry (zone 10)
Roy Chuah Ken Jeen : River Site (zone 4)
Tan Say Huang : Umno Site (zone 8)
Tay Vi Mike : River Site (zone 4)
Veevian Yusof : Wild Cherry (zone 10)


Pin up on Tue 19 May 2009 BY 900h SHARP

Venue: Studios 8, 9 & 10, Level 3
(Who pins up in which studio will be advised later.)

Here are the MINIMUM outcome requirements.:

MINIMUM OF 3 PIECES A1 SIZE - May be in 3 separate A1 panels or one long banner. If you choose to do one long banner you are advised to line them up in portrait layout.

Site plan of a suitable scale for clarity
All Floor and Roof plans 1: 100 minimum
2 sections of similar scale to the plans
4 exterior rendered perspectives
2 interior rendered perspectives

The above, I must stress, are the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM content requirements. If you show only the absolute minimum then you must have a spell binding super comprehensive and entertaining VERBAL PRESENTATION memorised and ready to go. Please use your discretion as to whether to go beyond the minimum.

In toto, the panel and your verbal presentation should demonstrate a clear and indepth understanding of the brief, the discussions during the course of the tutorials (especially the characteristics and qualities of Ipoh and your chosen site) and a reasonably acceptable argument for the building program/function you are proposing.

The usual mild advice: the less written text on your panels the better; if in doubt label everything that will help you tell your story efficiently; viewabilty will be from a distance of 6m to 600mm; be stylish, be confident, smile frequently.

Any queries, direct to Keith Tan, or post here.

Friday, 1 May 2009


A big Thank You! to Kar Wai, Kok Yong, Kwan Yan and Sthing for a truly inspiring presentation yesterday. We hope this exchange will be the start of a trend!
And Deg Studio 3, it was a jolly good show, too!