Original Artwork by Papa, Azhan and Nine (click image to link)
‘In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. By Time, indeed humanity is in a state of loss. Except those who believe and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of truth and in the mutual teaching of patience’ (Surah al-`Asr, 103:1-3)
"Professional Architect lives almost by faith. When called upon he can do the job without fear or favour. He possesses aspecialized skill and lives by a code of ethics cloaked in honour andintegrity. He is expected to speak his mind and give his views. Whenfaced with absolute wrong, he can resolutely disagree and walk away." quote from THE PROFESSIONAL MAN by Ar Dr Tan Loke Mun PRESIDENT PAM

Saturday, 9 February 2008


11 July 2002
This was an original short note of me during the study years back in 2002. It was my first critique on highrise. (this was not an school assignment)

Hanging Gardens of Babylon
This hand-coloured engraving by the 16th-century Dutch artist Martin Heemskerck depicts the fabled Hanging Gardens of
Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. According to the tradition, the gardens did not hang, but grew on the roofs and terraces of the royal palace in Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar II, the Chaldean king, is supposed to have had the gardens built in about 600 bc as a consolation to his Median wife, who missed the natural surroundings of her homeland. SOURCE: Wikimedia

Sometimes we design things without considering that we will be living in it. If we do think about living in it we may not realize how life would be when we live in it. So much idea, so much concepts, so confusing about explanation of our life that we live.

Every living creature has their own habitat or style of living. This style is the nature of the living creature. We are a part of living creature which had which proposed by versatile.
How are we going to design a living that sits beyond above ground. Maybe it was the same dilemma as how the birds in the sky think to live in the ground. To design a living space that we do not live in is the most difficult task of all. Imagine a fish living in the sea, designs it’s colony on a mountain. The fish would be thinking like crazy to resolve issues which are not issues to the creatures that live up on the mountain. If only they learn from the living creatures on the mountain how life is at the top of the world, then maybe someday and some how the fish can live on top of it.

Most of designers for the skycaps are to provide the ground creatures living and having their life on the sky as similar as possible like the way they do on the ground. In the end, they actually design a compound that is not a nature to creatures living in the sky.

Says Yeang, ‘….. should be imagined as "cities in the sky" with good pedestrian linkages, public realms, civic zones, vistas, and sense of places extended upwards. You map a tall building the same way you do a city, with zones for parking, offices, and social spaces.’

But actually what Yeang

has done is out of the nature living or thinking vertically. He only made an assumption that the same problem happens when you have a horizontal layout. The feeling of treatment for the living spaces will create a monotone feeling or a similar or familiar environment as the horizontal living on the ground. This is not designing living above ground but it is like a man that wears a bird costume but sits on a bench.


the absolute sarah said...

hanya nukilan seorg kanak2 yg baru nak knal dunia :)
thnks, oh .
bahgia? thats my middle name.
happy blogging to u too.

Anonymous said...

dakmatt : design paklan,cantik la website ko.boleh ke ko tolong hias website aku nanti? :D


to dakmatt, tima kasih..this is just part of an excercise to sharpen my creativity. Nak design boleh..idea insyallah ada...tapi programming tak pandai sgtlah..

happy blogging to all

p/s: aku letak link ko kat dlm list.