Professionals to speak at forum on architecture

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  • Saturday, 10 Apr 2010

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN is one of the buzz words in the current design world as there is a realisation that everyone or the world needs to take immediate action as it is in peril.

However, very often the acknowledgement of a problem alone is insufficient. Many are still lacking the knowledge and expertise required to solve the complex issues involved and to apply appropriate technologies in creating sustainable architecture.

While there are many studies being conducted in academia and some private practices around the world, there is a lack of a common knowledge, which enables the practitioners to apply techniques and technologies in their projects.

To help promote a balanced view of creating sustainable architecture from both the theoretical standpoint and actual practice, Architect Organisation of Malaysia (PAM) Sarawak Chapter is bringing in a group of professionals who are at the forefront of sustainable design to share their ideas and approaches with the locals in the Design Forum in Kuching on April 24.

PAM Sarawak Chapter in a press statement issued said the forum themed “Sustainable Architecture: From Theory to Practice” would feature speakers who have received international recognition and numerous awards for their work.

They are Professor Dr Roger Fay from University of Tasmania, Kevin Mark Low of Small Projects Kuala Lumpur, Professor Dr Singh Intrachooto of Katsesart University Bangkok and Francis Goh of WOHA Singapore.

The speakers will touch on various areas of interest that include “Basic Sustainable Design Principles and How These Are Applied In The Design Process”, New Technologies for Sustainable Design; Recycling of Building Materials – What Are The Possibilities?; Implications of Sustainable Design on the Aesthetics of Buildings – Do We Need To Change The Way We Design?; Cost implications of Sustainable Design; Opportunities and Challenges and What the Future Holds.

“It is hoped that through the sharing of ideas, the participants would gain a better understanding on the subject and be inspired to put it into practice,” the statement added.

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