VECTOR

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR KHAIRUL ANWAR B KHAIDZIR

SOCIO-CULTURE THESIS UNIT

Vector studio promotes architectural design as integrative instrument in providing the best solutions to users and clients’ needs and requirements. This involves a generative process that integrates relevant knowledge, evidence, skills and experiences for the purpose of responding appropriately to an evolving project brief.

The Learning by Design (LBD) approach helps to reconcile diverse and complex project demands, especially regarding socio-cultural, ecological and historical initiatives within urban sites. It allows design to be utilized as an instrument for constructive dialogue, intervention and interaction with the likes of users, artefacts, environment, history, the public, sites, topography and urban context. In order for this to happen, the designing process also generates specific language for critique and transformation of the site and environment, thus enabling us to connect with the past and deal with present challenges as well as for future growth.

THEME

2019/20 Semester 2

Brief:

AKMAL HAKIM BIN JATMI

A HABITABLE BRIDGE ACTS AS ‘SMART GROWTH’ INITIATIVE DESIGN INTERVENTION OF URBAN SPRAWL

Urban sprawl has become a major concern in every big city of the world. Malaysia, as a developing country, cannot shy away from this problem too. Sustainability is a major concern, as the growing population will consume more natural resources like land and energy to develop a new area of development. With regard to this issue, smart growth is introduced to control and provide adequate planning for it. The main objective of this research is to propose architectural solutions that focus on habitable bridges that act as a development of smart growth to meet the question of rapid urban sprawling.

DANIEL CHEW VEE KANG

DESIGNING FOR THE FUTURE THROUGH ADAPTABILITY AND FLEXIBILITY

Johor Bahru has been rapidly developing due to its close proximity to Singapore. The increase in development paired with inefficient town planning has led to urban sprawling within and around Johor Bahru leaving many plots of land that are too complex to develop. The proposal of this Commuter’s Hub as a transit-oriented development (TOD) located next to Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) is aimed at the commuter’s community that are frequently on the move between countries and requires a minimal space to rest for the night. This project aims to integrate architectural and logistic systems to create an adaptable and flexible building for current and future building needs which are ever-changing.

LIEW JUN MIN

DUSUN KITA: ARCHITECTURE FOR URBAN FARM

Johor Bahru landuse planning 2025 sees a segregation of agriculture planning from its city center. In addition to urban sprawl, lack of public green spaces and disconnectivity in urban fabric, this pre-thesis proposes urban farming as a social connector to patch up the city. It also recorded reflections on urban farming typology in architecture by studying primitive planting and farming culture to determine the gap between urban farming system planning and architectural design consideration. The end product is an integration of urban farming with market and educational public spaces as a sustainable social environment for city dwellers.

NUR SAIDATUL ANIZAH BINTI SABTU

AFFORDABLE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING IN TRANSIT ORIENTED CITY: REDEFINING & EXPANDING SCENARIO PLANNING TOOL

In Malaysia, every transit living system has developed to accomplish with the demand of affordability of the users in transit to support the National Transport Policy by Ministry of Transportation. Including Johor Bahru city where it is currently a developing city and urban sprawl has been a major concern due to the increase of development in certain massive transportation areas. Located next Johor Bahru Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex (CIQ), which is the main transportation hub of Johor Bahru acted as port of entry to Malaysia on Malaysia-Singapore border, a proposal of transitional affordable housing has been designed. The aim of this research is to study the effectiveness of having the appropriate tools in designing an affordable transitional housing scheme in the vicinity of transport developed city of Johor Bahru in order to achieve the transit behavioral goals of the city users and highlight the sense of livability within urban neighborhood.

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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