The architecture industry in Malaysia has undergone significant changes over the past few decades, reflecting the larger shifts that have taken place in architectural movements across the globe. Architecture biennales are platforms for the architectural community to showcase their work and idea, engage in dialogues and debates, and reflect on the changes occurring in architectural discourses. The paper argues that by looking into the context of biennales, one can identify shifts in architectural movements, which vary from a greater emphasis on sustainability, sensitivity to cultural context or anticipation of new technologies. In addition to literature reviews and observation studies, the paper explores these architectural shifts by examining the work of architecture firms in Malaysia and how they compare to themes of international architectural biennales. This approach provides insight into how architects and designers in Malaysia are engaging with the larger shifts in architectural discourse. Furthermore, it highlights the unique approaches and perspectives that Malaysian architects bring to the global architectural scene, expressing ways to preserve cultural identity while embracing innovation and sustainability.
Liyana Hasnan, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Nurdiyana Zainal Abidin, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Noor Hashimah Hashim Lim, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
Linda Shafarina Hassan, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia
About the Presenter(s)
Dr LIYANA HASNAN is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Universiti Malaya in Malaysia
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