Architecture

MASSA

About

The Centre for Modern Architecture Studies in Southeast Asia (MASSA) was jointly established in 2005 by Taylor’s University and KALAM of University Teknology Malaysia. It aims to foster interest and promote studies in the ideas and heritage of modern architecture, through documentation of intellectual and physical heritage of modern architecture in the region. As a research arm of the School of Architecture, Building & Design (SABD), MASSA provides a more solid foundation and robust education of the subject matter.

Projects

Research & Publication
Architecture

Academics of the School of Architecture, Building & Design are actively involved in research and knowledge dissemination through participation in seminars, conferences and publication. Research activities organized by MASSA provide an excellent educational opportunity that is relevant to the cultural, scientific and technological advancement of society. This also complements the teaching and learning experience at the School of Architecture, Building & Design.

Below shows the list of recent research work by academics of the School of Architecture, Building & Design.

Conference Papers

1 Reviving a Historic Street: A Case Study of Jalan Sultan Iskander, Pekan Ipoh, Perak
by Sateerah Binti Hassan, Mohamed Rizal Mohamed, Siti Balkish Roslan and Nor Hayati Hussain.
Great Asian Street Symposium (GASS), National University of Singapore, 12-13th December, 2016.

 

6 The Golden Proportion in the Persian-Islamic Civilization Case study: Hasht Behesht Palace, Isfahan, Iran
by Zahra Namavar
Eleventh International Conference on Design Principles & Practice on 2nd-4th March 2017 at George Brown College, Toronto, Canada.

2 Rejuvenating the Shophouse: Conservation of Historical Buildings in Penang’s Unesco World Heritage Sites
by Zahari Zubir, Koh Jing Hao, Nor Hayati Hussain & Prince Favis Isip
15th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture at Alicante, Spain on 9-11th May 2017.and publication in ‘International Journal of Heritage Architecture’.

 

7 A Heritage Landmark of the Royal Town of Klang: Balai Bomba, Klang Selatan
by Normah Sulaiman and Robert Powell
World Multidisciplinary Civil Engineering, Architecture, Urban design, Planning Symposium (WMCAUS) 2017 12th-16th June 2017, Prague, Czech Republic.

3 Reliving Memories though Photographic Mapping of the Royal Museum in Kuala Lumpur
by Nurul Alia Ahamad & Nor Hayati Hussain
15th International Conference on Studies, Repairs and Maintenance of Heritage Architecture at Alicante, Spain on 9-11th May 2017 and publication in WIT transactions of the Built Environment.

 

8 Jalan Alor – The Ingredients of a Great Asian Street
by Sucharita Srirangam, Robert Powell & SP Clement Wong
Great Asian Street Symposium (GASS), National University of Singapore, 12th-13th December, 2016. Publication in Conference Proceedings

4 Sin Sze Si Ya Temple, Kuala Lumpur
by Ian Ng Aik Soon
DAKAM International Architectural Design Conference, Istanbul.
Turkey on 16th-17th June, 2017. All papers will be published in proceedings e-book as DVD (with an ISBN number) and then in DAKAM's online library.

 

9 Transforming Public Space Sociability and Measuring Street Life of Kuala Lumpur
by Normah Sulaiman and Nor Hayati Hussain
Great Asian Street Symposium (GASS), National University of Singapore, 12th-13th December, 2016

5 Implications of Identity Fabrication in a Historic Settlement: A Case study of Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur.
by Zahari Zubir, Muhammad Afif Azhar & Nor Hayati Hussain
15th International Conference on Quality in Research (QiR) 24-27th July. 2017, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia

 

10 Towards a Malaysian Pattern Language
by Robert Powell
5th International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2017), Singapore, 8th-9th May 2017. Published in Conference Proceedings

Measured Drawing & Documentation
Architecture

In line with MASSA’s objective to promote studies in the ideas and heritage of modern architecture, the School of Architecture, Building & Design conducts measured drawing and documentation of heritage buildings exercise every year. The academic exercise is carried out as part of our academic program, to develop the understanding of the principles of building preservation/conservation and the methods of recording.

The ideas of application and management of architectural historic documentation will be presented as part of the overall knowledge of building preservation/conservation. For measured drawings, students document historically and architecturally significant buildings in the form of as-built drawings through measuring techniques of photographing, sketching, using of theodolite and measuring tapes. The outcomes of the subject are collection of plans, section, elevations, details and axonometric views / models; complemented with a report that explains about the background, history, concept, style construction technics and ornamentation of the building.

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Events

  Melaka Exhibition  

 


This exhibition is a collaboration between MASSA and the Malacca Chinese Assembly Hall in an effort to promote heritage and cultural awareness to the public.

We will be exhibiting the heritage building models crafted by our architecture students as outcomes from the Measured Drawing and Documentation module. Visitors will be able to learn the history of the local community of Jalan Bunga Raya through old photographs collections by The MalaccaStories team’s cultural survey project. They present a visual narrative of the authentic stories of the Malaccan community.

Date: 15-19 Aug 2017 (Tues-Sat)

Time: 12.00pm-9.00pm

Launching: 15 Aug 2017 (Tues) 7.30pm

Venue:
Fwu Chang Gallery
87, Jalan Hang Kasturi,
75200 Melaka.

 

Contact

We welcome research and project collaborations. Lets get in touch!
Alternatively, you can email us at info@massa.my