Malaysian publisher releases monograph on selected works of local architectural design firm

The 'Archicentre Places for People & Selected Works' monograph.

From residential houses to masterplans, commercial buildings to condominiums, a local architecture firm has continued to make positive contributions to the field since it was established almost 30 years ago.

Multi-disciplinary architectural design firm Archicentre was founded by architects Dr Tan Loke Mun and Lim Wei Hong in 1994.

Its work is driven by sustainable regionalism to create socially responsive built environments. Their portfolio covers large-scale city and town planning, plus commercial and residential projects.

Recently, a monograph entitled Archicentre+ Places for People & Selected Works was published, featuring selected projects of the firm.

Written by Prof Robert Powell, with photography by Lin Ho, the 328-page hardcover is published by Atelier International.

Prof Powell says Archicentre seeks to address climate change issues via thoughtful interventions in planning and architecture.Prof Powell says Archicentre seeks to address climate change issues via thoughtful interventions in planning and architecture.

“Climate change continues to be the major challenge of the 21st century, compounded by war in Eastern Europe from 2022 that has highlighted the precarious state of the planet with regard to oil and gas supplies, alternative sources of energy and grain production.

“Floods, rising temperatures and spontaneous combustion put many populations at risk, none more so than the towns and cities of Malaysia affected by rising sea levels and excessive logging of tropical rainforest and water catchment areas.

“Archicentre seeks to address these issues via thoughtful interventions in planning and architecture,” wrote Prof Powell, author and editor of over 30 books, mostly on architecture in South-East Asia.

The book comprises three broad categories of works – Tropical Iterations, Finding A Greener Way, and Ideas and Experimentation.

The monograph also includes Ur-Mu, an urban museum in Kuala Lumpur launched in 2022 that offers a space for like-minded individuals to exchange ideas.

Click here for more details on the book.

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