13 January 2010
I am Liza Noor Mahamud, currently pursuing my bachelor in Interior Architecture at Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom. I have some questions meant for data collection for my thesis and really hope that you can help answering those. Thank you for your cooperation and please remember that the data are collected for a research purpose and will not be disclosed to other parties for any other purposes.
1. What is your opinion on residential development in Kuala Lumpur?
In my "general" opinion the residential is too crowded and not have enough properly looked after parks and green area. Many parks belong to private "luxury houses". I used to live in a village in Ampang area when I was a child in 1986 near Bukit Belacan, we had more space in the neighbourhood without fences. Now the land is smaller or doesn't have any at all (condominium)! Many feel not safe anymore with grill all over the house which we didn't really need back then.
2. What is your opinion regarding two different type of houses such as Contemporary modern house and kampung (Malay traditional) house?
Contemporary modern house: If it's related to "Local" design with a minimalist twist it could give a sense of "improving one life or status" without scarifying comfort. But a pure modern house doesn't give any sense of local identity and it can be a cold and boring house.
Malay house: As a Malay, a traditional Malay house gives me a sense of nostalgia from my childhood memory. Many carving in Malay house shows how much love and dedication put onto a house. If a Malay house has similar treatment to resorts it could be a "heaven" place to stay!
3. Which one is preferable and reasons.
A Malay house with a contemporary modern touch. A resort like approach. It give you a sense of identity, nostalgia and balance between man-made and nature. Its serenity makes you feel calm and peaceful in life
4. What do you think if kampung house character and elements been adapted on urban houses?
If it's done properly,(in term of design, community, layout, social, near to workplace, etc) it could solve many urban problems and give more quality life.
5. Based on the picture attached, there is three type of houses which is rural Malay house,modern house and new idea house type. The new type of house was designed according to the residence needs,cultural and climates ,what is your opinion?
Based on the images attached, I much prefer Malay house due to its luxury space and design proportion. The "contemporary house" is too dense. The new type of house is out of proportion and seems like a typical Malay house being stacked on top of each other.
6. From your experience, what is brilliant opinion to housed a low-income people to offer living in areas with comfortable Urbanization?
It's not right for architects to segregate the rich and the poor. We should design something that narrow both social gaps. A mix development consisting of Bungalows/ semi-d and townhouse would be appropriate in sharing open spaces and reduce mass housing. Look at a kampung, not one single house is the same but they have similar identity. What makes a "penghulu" house different is the size and details yet they share the same compound.
7. Do you think competition with other housing type affect the new proposal housing type? Please give an explanation.
What effect recent housing type is based on false demand by people who were being "brainwash" by overseas luxury houses publicise in magazines, Internet,movie, and not to forget the real-state agent. Most developer just built anything to fill these demand which give them maximum profit and makes thousand stories to sell it.
But if the "people" really understand architecture (architecture for life) and have value their culture and way of life, they won't be so desperate to buy a house for the sake of investment! They should demand a better design, larger garden, bigger house, a well community,etc. They ultimately ask the architects/designer recommendation rather than estate agent because a good architect will give you better life and a good estate agent will only increase your debt!
When this happen (nobody buys "poor" design) developer will look into a proper design which meets this "cleverer" customer which usually they done just for the rich and famous (luxury properties).
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