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One Drawing Challenge 2019
Aug
26
to Sep 6

One Drawing Challenge 2019

Architizer’s One Drawing Challenge

Architizer’s One Drawing Challenge

The Unending Square has entered the first voting stage of the One Drawing Challenge Competition by Architizer, which would last from 26th August to 6th Sept 2019.

To visit The Unending Square over the One Drawing Challenge: https://bit.ly/2NzCpqu
The viewer could vote for multiple entries and once per drawing per day.
Top 100 voted work will go into stage 2 to be judged by the jury panel.

I was encouraged by multiple university's professors in participating in this competition. During the registration, the voting wasn’t written as part of the judging process. Anyway, I think the good thing about the current year format is that all the 484 global entries are all uploaded and available for all to see. As a student, I would appreciate the ability to experience and explore all the singular yet powerful architectural drawings and attempt to learn and understand the logic behind all the individual drawing.

I guess everyone would like to see how far this project and the drawing could go, to see when the unending project would eventually end. I do think it’s worth it to find out the limit of exposure and reach this project has, from an academic, institutional and individual point of view, as I understand it isn’t exactly common for a project with such an “outstanding and impactful” visual being created by Malaysian student.

I could recall back then I was often asked to push my limit into creating a design that would score as high as possible under the three metric of “Newness, Uniqueness, and Otherness”.

“The Unending Square” Submission Entry for One Drawing Challenge

“The Unending Square” Submission Entry for One Drawing Challenge

The questions I asked myself during the construct of this representational material during my study year are:

-What is the limit of a single architectural drawing could do?

-To what extent should an idea be reduced to be within the comprehension of the viewer? Who is the viewer? Does it really matter?

-Which aspect of a design illustration should be compromised? Abstraction? Shock value? Aesthetic? Composition? Elements? Content? Clarity? Narration? Impression? Visibility?

-How much should a drawing be up for open interpretation?

-Why does human innately avoid incomprehension and do not necessarily see the beauty of the unknown/undefined element?

-How do we combat the increasingly short attention span of the upcoming generation? Is that an issue or that itself would become the human context of the digital age? What are their consequences?

-How does one possibly consolidate work of countless hours, weeks, months, year time to be contained among panels and 10-15minutes time of presentation? How much does it matter on how the audience perceives your work?

-Why are human obsessed in creating alienating language and jargon that creates exclusivity and elitism disguised in the name of knowledge creation?

-How much should a student’s decision making in work creation be justified and affected by the academic context that one sits in? I suppose it should be all okay as the general intention of a student and an institution is to gain exposure to maximize potential monetary gains, right? What would be the side effect if all school and all student were to focus entirely on that?

The Public Gallery of One Drawing Gallery

The Public Gallery of One Drawing Gallery

My questions about social media content:

-Why do we continue to support the many parties that glorify visual drawing representation that much that primarily only serving their agendas?

-Perhaps it is only contextual to human to design in a way that maximizes viewing pleasure? or is it not?

-“Louder! Shinier! Tastier!” What is the repercussion of us continue placing the importance of visual representational over actual content-making?

-How do we illustrate and express the value of the other equally important or pressing metrics beyond visual pleasure?

-How do we make actual content sells?

-How do we avoid misleading people especially the younger generation into thinking that fame and the arbitrary number of likes/followers equals to mastery?

-How much faith should we have that the viewer would have their individual critical thinking to assess content seen online without being affected by the various social “evidence” and fully relying on peer validations?

-why do we continue to give power to such volatile and subjective elements to create permanent elements that would have continued and lasting effect and impact? Especially in this current world with ever-changing of perceptions and definitions (highly manipulable) with the increasingly overwhelming power that we’ve given to the people over the architect/designer?


For more information of the competition or to the public gallery of the One Drawing Challenge, check out https://onedrawingchallenge.secure-platform.com/a/gallery?roundId=1

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Master Thesis Exhibition 2019
Aug
17
9:30 AM09:30

Master Thesis Exhibition 2019

The Unending Square is featured and being exhibited in the Master Thesis Exhibition 2019 organized by Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia.

It was the third time after being graduated that the project is being presented in a formal setting. The feeling of presenting a one-year-old project as though it was created in what felt like yesterday made me realized how much my perception towards the project has changed.

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I was grateful that all the parts and pieces of the project along with the thoughts are recorded and stored online that enable me to reassess the project from time to time. I wonder what would I think about this project in my 40s? 60s? 80s? (if I live that long?)

It was great knowing that PAM (Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia) is starting to select and compile graduate and thesis work. I hope they would continue the effort in archiving the Malaysian works from student graduate work, post-graduate, and architect in Malaysia while at the same time keeping them openly and publicly accessible for all to gain value from. The state of PAM might be far from perfect as compared to other more developed nation, but like every other entity, everything needs to be built little by little from all the help it could gain from the community that it serves.

The continued loss of local talent overflowing to the overseas country is staggering, to say the least. After participating in the event, it is illuminating for me to know that the committee and community are continuing their effort in finding ways to further improve the local industry and educational system. I am looking forward to seeing what’s yet to come for the Malaysian architecture industry.

For more information of the event or on the list of selected thesis among Malaysian Universities in the year 2018, check out http://www.pam.org.my/mte2019/
(although some student and their works are not fully uploaded yet at the moment)

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DOMA Initiatives Breakfast Club
Jun
15
9:30 AM09:30

DOMA Initiatives Breakfast Club

I took the chance when Professor Robert Powell suggested my name to do a sharing on my architectural thesis “The Unending Square”. I presented myself as a fresh-grad student to talk about the project in the DOMA Initiatives Breakfast Club of June 2019.

DOMA Initiatives Breakfast Club
is a monthly casual event on one Saturday of each month for the club community to share their latest project, ideas and resources.

In the past, the speaker varies from designers, architect, photographer, and other interesting people. This is the first time (that I am aware of) in the Breakfast Club session for a fresh-grad architecture student in sharing the work done in their academic year. The next upcoming breakfast club on 13th July 2019 would be featuring Pamela Tan and Jun Ong of Pow Ideas, who are both super talented and have only recently graduated in the last 5 years.

For more information regarding DOMA Initiatives or the upcoming breakfast club event, check out https://www.facebook.com/doma.initiatives/ !

Feel free to also check out the upcoming SHIFT 2019 Conference by DOMA Initiatives at https://domainitiatives.org/
It is highly anticipated and is coming soon on 23rd June and 24th June 2019, to be held at Taylor’s University.

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A video for Taylor's University
Jun
3
9:30 AM09:30

A video for Taylor's University

I was approached by the social media team of Taylor’s University in May to collaborate and come up with a video towards audience who might be interested behind the architectural or creative programs in Taylor’s University.

The video is an experiment by the social media team to test interest from the audience. If the video were to receives positive feedback, there might be more video coming up by the university to showcase student’s work from all creative program such as architecture, interior design, performance art, culinary art, etc.

The talented team behind the video!  Left - Darren Arvid of Pathera, Right - Razlan Yusof of Creative Match Photo taken by Razlan Yusof

The talented team behind the video!
Left - Darren Arvid of Pathera, Right - Razlan Yusof of Creative Match
Photo taken by Razlan Yusof

The 4m41s-long video is published on Taylor’s University Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/p/ByOfQrolq4V/ on 3rd June 2019.

The video is directed by Darren Arvid @darrenarvid and filmed by Razlan Yusof @razlany of @creativematch. (check them out!)

Darren had helped me with the with the scripts, gestures, postures, facial expressions, video editing and taking in charge for turning the project into a reality. Razlan took care of the cinematography, lighting, filming, recording, and coping with me on the many video retakes.

As it was my first time speaking towards the camera, the 4 minutes video took a whole day to be filmed from morning to late evening. I have plenty of experience doing public speaking, but talking to a camera lens is a whole new experience. Nevertheless I knew that I needed to overcome this and embraced the experience as much as I could.


Note: the script was summarized from a text body of 3000 words. While filming there was’t a screen to look at. It was more of presenting from a few key memorized terms from the script, and trying to speak about them into the camera as naturally as possible in each of the video take.

The content of the main video held true in regards to the origin of the video. If it wasn’t because I share and show the work on Instagram, it wouldn’t have captured the attention of Taylor’s University social media team, and consequently being converted into a video to further amplify the potential value of the project.

I am so grateful and honored to be able to contribute back to the school. I am looking forward to continue exploring and improving the ability to amplify and convert knowledge and experience into values.

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PAM-ZSR Architecture Prize 2018
Mar
8
3:00 PM15:00

PAM-ZSR Architecture Prize 2018

Architectural Thesis “The Unending Square: Disjunctions & Cospacing for Coworking” has won PAM-ZSR Architecture Prize 2018 in Part 2 category!

PAM-ZSR Architecture Prize is an annual competition open only to local architecture students. It is hosted by Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (Malaysian Institute of Architects) and funded by Z&SR Architectural Ventures.

This year for part 2 category we see only a total of 35 entries from all the university. The award runs in a five year cycle and the year 2018 is the fourth year out of the five year cycle. However, it is rather saddening to know that the award would probably get discontinued if the number of entries continue to decline. Despite numerous complaints from the local student regarding the lack of support and architectural event hosted locally, the response and hype of the event seems to be lacking when opportunity is given for the students to interact, participate, and compete.

Regardless how much effort and money is invested into promoting interaction and architectural education excellence by the relevant authority, we as student and actual benefactor should show our support as much as possible.

The two main questions remain the same:

1. Why should people/student care about architecture/architecture education?

2. How do we make more people/student care about architecture/architecture education?


Would the answers get stronger or weaker as time goes by? it is entirely dependent on the effort and passion of the individuals living and breathing the relevant field within the current generation.

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Oct
26
5:00 AM05:00

KooZArch interviews The Unending Square

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Some thoughts about the process behind drawing, representation, thesis, academic and theories of The Unending Square are discussed over an interview between Caleb Ong and KooZ/Arch.

Check out the interview at https://www.koozarch.com/interviews/the-unending-square-disjunctions-and-cospacing-for-coworking/

KooZA/rch is a Visionary Design Discussion Platform for Architects and Curious People Worldwide. Do check out their website for constant update on latest student works around the world.

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Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

Academic Excellence Award 2018

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As written in the certificate above, I am awarded for having academic excellence and best overall performance of a student in an accredited school under Lembaga Arkitek Malaysia. (Board of Architects Malaysia)

The award is given out during the PAM Annual Architecture Student Works Exhibition 2018 held at 1 Utama Shopping Centre. Each accredited local architecture school was to nominate one student from Part 1 and Part 2 architecture program of the year 2018 to receive the award. When I was on the stage and looking at Ar Mohd Zulhemlee passing me the award certificate, I still couldn’t believe I am being awarded.

I still has flashback when I was only 20 years old that I first attended PAASWE. Being acknowledged as best overall student is the least expected outcome prior and during my stay over at Taylor’s University doing my Part 2. (Masters in Architecture) This post is made to show my deepest gratitude to Taylor University’s School of Architecture, Building and Design, readers, and all the peers (especially taylor.tribe) for the support and acknowledgement. Thank you.

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Oct
1
to Oct 2

Thinking - Alternative Designs for Offices

The Unending Square is among the finalists for Non Architecture Competitions, to be published in their upcoming "Thinking - Alternative Designs for Offices" book. Check it out if you’re interested!

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Sep
25
1:00 AM01:00

Tamayouz International Graduation Project Award

The Unending Square is one of the honorable mentions (TOP10) for Tamayouz Graduation Projects Award 2018! It is the largest annual graduate student works competition with 587 graduate entries from 164 universities and 74 countries.

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Aug
5
to Aug 9

The SABD 20th Anniversary Exhibition

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Exhibition Poster 1

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Exhibiting works of featured projects on this site such as  The Unending Square,  Aspects of Origination and Spotlight in the upcoming Taylor's University SABD 20th Anniversary Exhibition (SABD stands for School of Architecture, Building & Design)

It is open for public and anyone is free to visit and have an overview on the collective architecture student graduate works produced by SABD in the past 20 years. Would be helpful for student, alumni's or the enthusiastic public in architecture to visit and have an evaluation, perhaps continue the conversation around the quality of student's works produced by the school within the past 20 years, and perhaps getting a glimpse on the future aspects of architectural education in Malaysia.

Date: 5th August to 9th August 2018
Venue: Taylor's University Lakeside Campus Block E, Level 3
Opening Hours: 10:00am-9:00pm
Opening Reception: 5th August 10:00am
 

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