Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Every year Architecture Department organizes a workshop to discuss rigorously on matters that concern architectural education at UTM. This time we had our workshop at Kayangan Suite, Pulai Spring Resort which is just five minutes away from UTM, Skudai. Things that are not done well in the last session had been analyzed thoroughly during the workshop. Steps and action for correction and improvement are also been tabled and debated so that tangible action could be taken next session. The workshop is held from 25th May until 28th May 2009. The workshop also prepare for a 5-year master plan. As current and former students of UTM's architecture programme you must have lots of things to say. Why not take this opportunity to share your viewpoints.

Sunday, May 24, 2009


The Ipoh Railway Station is one of the iconic landmark in Malaysia which is situated next to the Central Bus Station and the Main Post Office. Ipoh Railway Station is affectionately known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh as it is quite a magnificent structure with it's Moorish architecture. The building was selected by survey to be one of the landmark for my research on colour perception between designers and laypublic on constructed landmarks in Malaysian Cities. The main purpose of the study is to explore the various schemes of colour perception or colour interpretation of the urban environment and to discover their potential part in interactions between the designers and the laypublic or users. It is also of equal importance to identify the differences and similarities in perception between the two groups, and to develop possible ideological (based on the relating to a particular set of ideas or beliefs) presuppositions (when someone believes something is true without any proof) about the realities of urban design in relation to colours, especially in the context of the Malaysian cities. Such findings will facilitates a dialogue between decision makers and users of the urban scene and enlarge possibilities for what can be called a common understanding and communicative action.
The research will also deal with the perception of colour of the constructed landmarks between designers and the laypublic and it is postulated that the colour experience and the landmarks are mediated by the process of perception on the part of individuals. It will also study the aspect of familiarity and its influences on the judgement of constructed landmarks in six Malaysian cities.
The study will adopt categories of constructed landmarks that include towers, buildings and special urban features such as stadium and bridges. The study will be limited to identifying landmarks, investigating the significance of association with meanings and interpretation of colour (but not on the physics of colour), emotional response and physical evaluation based on surfacial values or visual appearance, familiarity, educational background and ethnicity which also formed the main variables.
An exploratory survey was conducted on the six selected cities namely Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam, Johor Bahru, Pulau Pinang, Melaka and Ipoh and former residents are the meant to be representatives of a larger sampling group during the survey. The respondents are the designers and laypublic. The aim was to evaluate the landmarks for each city. The questionaire was open ended and this allowed the respondents to express and answer the quesions freely. The findings will used to help in identifying the range of responses derived from perception, colour perception and evaluation of the landmarks in selected Malaysian cities.

Friday, May 22, 2009


I still haven't found what i'm looking for....

They asked me what i'm looking for...
I said, i'm looking for myself....
They asked me, have I found myself, yet?
Nope.... why not?
Because I was never lost in the first place.


An afterthought to all those people who have been so silent that many a times I wonder if they were present at all.... God gave the gift of speech only to man but how is it that most of us are still dumb. What a waste! Comm'on mate, reach out. It does not hurt to say, 'Hi..i..'
borrowed from: Other Musings of Jak

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Architecture is lower and slower than any other field; we are the least technological, but we talk about it the most.
Mark Wigley
Architecture Principe was born out of the conviction that modern architecture had become fossilised. It had entirely lost its principles, both in its own nature, and also in relation to the other arts.
Claude Parent


Painting project by 1st year, 1st semester, 1st project, architecture student, universiti teknologi malaysia, skudai, johor.
Painting by Elliyin Rasif
Acrylic on canvas

Monday, May 18, 2009


Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relationship between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet the knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight.
The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe. We believe in the physical existence of art form to deal directly with real space and as such, has a close affinity with architecture, with its masses and planes of infinity intersection and varieties of view. This produces a special relationship with both creator and viewer. Please click the first photo to view the rest.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


revealing the veil
by cyfu
acrylic on canvas
45cm x 45cm

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


1. architorture
Slang term for the major of "Architecture" at most universities that offer the degree in the united states.
He's an Architorture major, that's why he never gets any sleep.
by octavius Mar 10, 2004
2. architorture
The bad bad thing that will happen to you should you wish to go to architecture school.
dear architorture,
thank you for ruining my life.....
by jennaMarie May 2, 2005
3. architorture
1) According to Ryerson's University's ACU bulletin board: "The study of building and design - while testing the limits of the mind, body, and soul"
2) Combining two words that comprise your study experience to becoming an architect: Architecture and Torture.
3) When you're stressing out on assignments, essay, tests, and let's not forget - STUDIO .... ALL AT THE SAME TIME
4) When you're "charette-ing" all night in studio.
OMG, I've been architortured.
by U_MAN may 16, 2007
4. architorture
A term used to describe architectural works built after the mid-20th century which fail to adhere to conventional and historic precedent interms of design integrity, scale, proportion, physical composition
and stylistic competence. "Architorture" is commonly found in contemporary "upscale" suburban developments (see McMansion). Commercial strips, which rely upon visual imagery to lure drivers travelling at a fast clip, provide especially choice examples of the genre.
by Cireel Wittsberg Nov 15, 2004
The CEO's home, with its garish faux-stucco facade, pretentious columns and glassy two-story entrance foyer, is the sort of architorture best suited for Republican fund-raising events.
by Cireel Wittsberg Nov 15, 2004
5. architorture
When studying architecture for 7 years is no longer fun.
'I'm so fed up this course is architorture.'
'6 years later is architorture.'
by Ashley Maxwell Nov 24, 2008
6. architorture
An amazing design student forum dedicated to the advancement of the study of architecture at the collegiate level. is a great forum for architecture students and the allied arts.
by architorture Apr 5, 2005
7. architorture
The act of viewing a real ugly building.
It's architorture to look at the slums this way.
by Not-gonna-tellya May 4, 2005


sydney opera house


pastel on paper