As the planet’s geo-political gaze turns to Asia, so do the eyes of the world’s architects. The challenge of designing and building in such a dynamic region is producing a fascinating diversity of architecture, and much can be learned from the Malaysian experience. Malaysia is currently experiencing a period of consolidation after two decades of stunning economic growth and demographic expansion, and offers a timely assessment of the possibilities and ramifications of such unprecedented change.
Recent Malaysian Architecture examines the most interesting and significant buildings designed in the last decade, as Malaysian architects now focus on responsibility and sustainability, in comparison with many of their newly emerging neighbours. The final nationalistic ‘mega-projects’ of the 1990s provide a starting point, with progress then charted through the switch to a more localized craft-based architecture, and to the ever-increasing demand for affluent middle-class housing. Of particular interest is the reawakening interest in Malaysia’s architectural heritage, and the conscientious attention given to the conservation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings.
Introductory essays by Philip Goad and Ngiom provide critical overviews of the status of Malaysian architecture. Fifty six projects are then documented with all new photographs by Patrick Bingham-Hall, drawings and project analysis.
160 pages / 22 x 29 cm