CATALYST

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR ALICE SABRINA ISMAIL

SOCIO-CULTURE THESIS UNIT

In CA-talyst Design Studio, the architecture is inspired by revitalization (revitalization noun [ U ]. UK also revitalisation uk ​ /riːˌvaɪtəlaɪˈzeɪʃən/ us ​ /riːˌvaɪtələˈzeɪʃən/ -the process of making something grow, develop, or become successful again).

The catalyst theory says design can be linked to place through the study of contextual factors in architectural design. These factors include: morphological, social, functional, perceptual, visual, and temporal.

To become a catalyst one must respond to its social and spatial setting, possess a strong sense of community, place making and authenticity. In essence, the Philosophy of CA-talyst Design Studio’s architecture can be summed up in three words:- innovate, design, collaborate. The individual (innovate)- to invent new solutions and embrace state-of-the-art technology; The architecture (design)- to produce rigour design that focuses on a permeability and intensification of space and form-making through both movement and occupation; AND The context (collaborate)- to address the specificity of the site, the regeneration and reconnection of social experiences and human emotions beyond its extent.

REVIVE, REJUVENATE, REHABILITATE: DEVELOPMENT OF SOCIAL HOUSING WITH CULTURAL VALUES CONSIDERATIONS AND SOCIAL INNOVATION TOWARDS EMOTIONAL OWNERSHIP

2019/20 Semester 2

Social housing entails the development of a new way of communal living that demands new areas of domestic and community relationship. Social housing is one that is rented or sold at prices that are not ruled by the market, but by the economic capacity of interested tenants. In the case of rent, the social housing model can be offered by both private companies and the State itself. This is a model used throughout the entire world that is continuously increasing due to the economic crisis experienced in recent years, which has made this type of housing necessary to correct the poor functioning of the real estate market. The ideal inhabitants for this type of housing range from students, young couples and families with children to elderly or people with special needs. This housing system is design to improve the life quality of these citizens, and it is necessary to fulfil a series of requirements in order to access this type of rents that varies according to societal needs. The number of occupancy and type of user depends on on-site issue-based developed by students.

AHNAF BIN SAMSURY

SOCIAL HOUSING PROPOSAL – A CHILD-FRIENDLY HOUSING DESIGN

In the past, children were able to play without constraint, communicate and explore their surroundings. Today, however, children’s lives are closely supervised. They have fewer free opportunities for play. This is primarily due to safety issues around the home, including a lack of ‘interactive play and learning space’ in residences, particularly where children live in vertical housing.

The main aim of this thesis is to propose social housing where the design is child-friendly, with an emphasis on child development through architectural perspectives and designs. During the research, numerous possibilities were discovered for creating good housing designs that benefit a child-friendly environment. The overall aim of this thesis can be achieved through the implementation of play areas, nature play, living unit designs, as well as providing adequate safety to children residing within the designed housing.

DHIYA DIYANAH BINTI DALIM

SO-HAUS: RETHINKING WOMEN’S WELFARE AND SAFETY IN SOCIAL HOUSING

This research explores the importance of women’s safety and welfare in the development of housing in Malaysia. For many women around the globe, unsafe environment could trigger great anxiety and insecurity among themselves as harassment and violence could happen anywhere where women being the targeted subject, especially for women who lives in a poor housing environment and condition. There is only little emphasis on women’s safety and welfare in the low-cost housing context which lacking in the security element. The objectives are to develop suitable program relating to the emotional, social and economic state of underprivileged women and to propose a design that resolve the emotional, social and economic state of underprivileged women in a mixed-income community.

ASSYAHIDDIN MUHAMMAD

CO-LIVING SPACES

Social housing is one of the renowned houses that connect people to the Malaysian community. The situation now seems different, because people, particularly for this younger generation, can no longer afford to buy or to rent a house. Only people working for long years can afford low-cost housing or affordable housing, thus making the younger generation lose the ability to buy or rent a house. With an affordable home with a co-living concept and a modular construction system, this method can cut costs for the user and the construction time and make the house for the new generation affordable. The integration of people and physical facilities is still not good for the Malaysian social housing culture. This project will therefore examine the concept of co-living spaces and modular social housing construction systems that can be integrated into Malaysia’s physical active life style.

LEE SIEW JING

THE INTERGENERATIONAL HOMES

Over the years, due to the economic development, lower fertility rate and healthcare improvement, the demographic in Malaysia changed with increasing ageing population and changes in family structure. The issues on the social isolation among the elderly and the age segregation of the society have arisen. The proposed site located at Lima Kedai, Skudai, surrounded with residential area and community services, provide great opportunities to engage the community with different generations.

NURUL NADIA BT SAIFUL ANUAR

REVITALIZING THE CONCEPT OF TRADITIONAL VALUES IN SOCIAL HOUSING DESIGN IN MALAYSIA

Adapting Malay traditional values into contemporary social housing design. By understanding the main values of a traditional neighbourhood and living in Malaysia and how it relates with the modern co-housing strategies, it can be compared and innovate to fit in into current society’s living conditions of a family from the Lifestyle theories. Located in Gelang Patah, Lima Kedai, Johor, it is also to respond to one of the strength of the site — which was to incorporate with the existing local of kampung Melayu Lima Kedai, by continuing the identity and the characteristics of a strong community within a neighbhourhood. 

MUHAMMAD JEFRY BIN SOFIAN

JOHOR URBAN RESIDENCY – THE CONCEPT OF COMMUNAL & SUSTAINABLE LIVING IN THE SOCIAL HOUSING FOR THE INCREASINGLY POPULATED OF TRANSIENT RESIDENT

The provision of adequate and better communal and sustainable living has always been a major challenge in designing social housing for developing countries. Urban migration in developing area will produce massive migration and transient people in a particular community. The relation of transient people and social housing context will lead to some of the issues in establishing the standard of communal and sustainable living particularly with respect to the others contextual and elements such as physical, psychological, environmental and cultural features.

WAN ASHRIEYL FAKHIRIN BIN WAN AZAHARI

RETIREMENT SOCIAL HOUSING:AN ALTERNATIVE PERSPECTIVE FOR BETTER LIFESTYLE IN SENIOR LIVING

This research focuses on the lifestyle of senior citizen that affected their daily lives by inserting activity related to nature healing and emotional development of them. In another perspective is by attracting the public to engage with senior citizen for better social isolation. The goal of this research is to provide insight into the knowledge and perception of the key issue and challenges in evaluating paradigms for optimum housing, optimal strategies for future housing management through social engagement spaces and safe ageing activities.

All works featured here have been submitted as part of the academic exercise for the Master of Architecture programme in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

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