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  • Writer's pictureFelicia Soon


Think City recently signed a Chapter Agreement with the International Network of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU) in London to recognize Think City as the official host of INTBAU Malaysia.

INTBAU was established in 2001 with about 6,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide under the patronage of its founder, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

INTBAU Malaysia represents the 33rd chapter of the global INTBAU network, dedicated to creating better places through traditional building, architecture and urbanism.

Programme Director of Think City, Lee Jia Ping, who signed the agreement on behalf of Think City said the aims of INTBAU are closely aligned with much of what Think City is already doing.

“Our close relationships with both the Getty Conservation Institute and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, as well as our work with the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) has looked at how we can leverage our existing built heritage to make our cities more liveable, and using traditional building and design principles to enhance our decision making today”, Lee said.

INTBAU’s mission is to support traditional building, the maintenance of local character, and the creation of better places to live. It does this through workshops, summer schools, study tours, conferences, awards, and competitions. Its three objectives are to research, educate, and engage as widely as possible on the value and relevance of traditional architecture and urban design.

“With the impacts of climate change becoming more apparent every year, we need to rethink how we design and construct our buildings,” Lee added.

“We will be hosting a number of events to raise awareness of the local Chapter, including capacity building, public talks, and forums. These will be targeted at not only professionals but also towards students that will be tomorrow’s city makers.”

“Think City will also look to partner with other Chapters to work on a physical project that can best highlight the principles of traditional building and architecture, while at the same time try to ensure that the practices can be implemented in existing projects,” Lee concluded.

From left: Think City’s Programme Manager Duncan Cave, Think City’s Programme Director for Partnership, Lee Jia Ping, with Michael Mehaffy, INTBAU Chair and Harriet Wennberg, INTBAU Executive Director after the signing the Malaysian Chapter.

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