Saturday, March 03, 2007

restoration? conservation? any good?

Writing tomorrow's discussion for our site analysis.. the old shoplots along Jalan Kamunting, Kuala Lumpur is going to be our final design site - which is some museum or gallery that I still not sure what my artifacts or exhibits gonna be. Still not upto that stage yet.

Gonna be a presentation (ya.. again.. can't "wait" *argh*) for site analysis on Monday. Sigh. Anyway below, a few pics of our site.






So was writing a short brief or my thoughts of the modern people kinda neglecting the fact that old buildings sometimes ought to be restored and taken care of despite they're decaying or what not. *emo*

Sometimes i think i am this way too.. but just that i'm working on the historical part of the site.. eventually brought out the 'kesian' part of me towards these beautifully olden architecture that you can never 'reborn' them again back now..


Hence, here goes nothing.... my words.
(read only if u'r interested.. don't later "kau-peh" i crap too much.. but this is just a part of it only.. hehe)


Next to modern skyscrapers, in the heart of bustling city life, are buildings that have once seen glory days, but are now in a sorry state. As you drive down the roads of Jalan Kamunting you will see the contrast of towering skyscrapers and neglected, rotting and decaying pre-war colonial old shop houses left abandoned.

There isn't even a remote sign that the algae and ferns on the fa├žades of heritage buildings will see their end. To avoid the beautiful architecture of pre-war British colonialism that had once retained an illusory facade of harmony built in the past, we should put them into fine consideration and restoration towards a prominent feature in the cityscape.

As Asian Heritage Row is just in walking distance from the site, it is to consider that beautification of the neighbouring buildings, the unique heritage should be put in attention together with the progressive state of social night activities and high-dose of living state. This is also to encourage our people and tourist to identify the beauty that once was left behind.

The ramshackle and abandoned old shop houses remains with its roof caved in stands as if “unnoticed” by the locals. Why is this even happening? They represent the various architectural styles through our history and they also have cultural value that can never be reproduced. The buildings can be refurbished or preserved for re-adaptive use. Well, at least Asian Heritage Row is a good effort to be brought in as one fine example and captivated our hearts in one blistering afternoon or never-ending night when we needed a break from our labours.

Heritage are not about empty structures. Malaysia has an abundance of buildings that are not utilised. Why couldn’t we make use of whatever we have today before building more?


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