Bronze Award at SADC 2022

UTAR alumnus Boon Jing Jack from Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science won Bronze Award at the ARCASIA Student’s Architectural Design Competition 2022 (SADC 2022) for his project titled The Foreshore.

The competition was organised by the ARCASIA Committee on Architectural Education (ACAE) from 1 May 2022 to 5 September 2022. Themed The Future of Architectural Tourism in Asia, the competition aimed to provide an opportunity for participants from different cultures to exchange and share ideas on the design issue raised by ARCASIA this year. It also aimed to provide an arena for participants from ARCASIA member Institutes to participate in ARCASIA activities.

Boon explained, “Our tropical climate and nature are undoubtedly the main magnet and feature of Malaysian tourism and foreigners often see it as their tropical getaway. There are situations where spaces of interest, which were once beautiful and meaningful but were then ruined by the tourism and urbanisation aspect of the industry. To combat both of the different aspects in a combination, an urban connector which interlinks the surrounding context must be developed, not just to protect but also enhance the social, sustainable and ecological sides of the site context.”

He added, “The focus of my project is to rejuvenate the riverine biodiversity of the Klang River, where my project will be situated. The typology of my project is an institutional building, which will serve as a conservation and visitor centre. My design intention is to use the visitor centre as both a tourist attraction spot and an urban connector for the two sides of the river. I also wish to use the centre as a biodiversity conservation centre to promote awareness of our Malaysian riverine habitat.”

Speaking about his project, the former Bachelor of Science (Honours) Architecture student explained, “The project will include high-tech architecture with kinetic movable fin louvres to maximise shading and ventilation. It will also take into consideration the Post-Covid space planning strategies by encouraging natural open spaces with good ventilation, good lighting, etc.”

Boon finally added, “The Foreshore highly advocates Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 Quality Education as it aims to educate the public about riverine rehabilitation as well as cleanliness and biodiversity conservation; SDG 6 Clean Water and Sanitisation for river cleaning and river rehab; SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure because it aims to explore kinetic fins technology to build ventilation and shading; SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production because it aims to utilise/ recycle wastes from the river; SDG 14 Life Below Water because it advocates riverine biodiversity conservation, and last but not least, SDG 15 Life on Land because the design explores the environmental blend of land and water.”

Boon enthused, “An award recognising your talent is definitely an honour. Therefore, this was a prestigious opportunity for me. I would like to thank my parents for supporting me throughout this busy season. I am also thankful to both my lecturer and tutor Mr Abd Muluk bin Abd Manan and Ar Mel Soong Meow Sin for guiding me throughout the designing process of The Foreshore and helping me with the overall presentation. I could not have done it without them. I am very grateful.”

UTAR congratulates Boon Jing Jack on this very proud success.


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