INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION: Bridging Old & New – Towards Sustainable Future Built Environment


The Old:

Traditional or vernacular built environment holds many value in cultural and environmental aspect. They are rich with wisdom of the past and stayed true to the context despite evolving with new influences. Yet it is hard to maintain and as result, many were left to perished and forgotten…

The New:

The ‘new’ built environment was majorly influenced by imported style & trend and advancement of technology. Local values are sometimes disregarded. Not only does this  wavers the local identity, it also affect the environment and our culture.

The Old & New:

Instead of treating our traditional vernacular built environment as living museum or preserve them only as mere information, we should consider to bridge the OLD&NEW wisdom so that we can improve our built environment toward sustainability and strengthening our identity. Thus KALAM brings you:

Objective of this seminar:

The convention will be a meeting point between architects, designers, academicians, practitioners, the industry, researchers, students , administrator, NGOs and individuals who are involve with sustainable built environment:

  • Build local and regional capacity on local wisdom on sustainable design knowledge through sharing best practices on sustainable design, architecture education and technology of the past, present and future.
  • Accelerate the adoption of sustainable design principles and practices in Malaysia and the region
  • Provide a platform for networking and collaboration among various stakeholders in the private and public sectors, as well as, civil society and academia.


Client – Architect|social consideration| cultural values|neo-vernacular| environmental issues| sustainable building design |renewable energy |Form follow Function or vice versa |Contemporary architecture | Urban design & Planning| Landscape design| Ornamentation| Contemporary art| Heritage Management|Tourism|etc…

Knowledge&education| Design & Education in heritage development| Guidlines & Regulation| Social & Cultural aspects|Conservation practices Future generation| |Pedagogy | current architecture education issues|national agenda|etc

Innovation | Environmental design|Construction technology| Material|Building Science | Trend &Advancement of technology|Building construction|construction details|methods and management|building material|
services|components|utilities| energy|etc


 What’s in store?

Keynote speech by

  • Prof. Dr Amer Rghei from American University, Dubai  UAE


  • 2 days of seminar on Bridging Between OLD&NEW: Towards Future Sustainable Built Environment
  • Parallel session on 3 main topics: Design, Education & Technology

Exhibition & Stalls

Field Trip to Singapore

  • 7th Nov 2012
  • Please arrange your own VISA and passport


Calling for papers!

Be a part of the discussion.

Writing Format:

  • Papers are to be written in A4 sized paper,
  • Vertical orientation (Portrait)
  • Font should be in Times New Roman
  • One column
  • Font sizes: Title – 14pt, Content – 12pt
  • Single spacing (1.0)
  • Language: English or Bahasa Melayu
  • Abstract is limited to 300 words ( 1 paragraph)
  • Full paper should include bibliography and/or reference.
  • Foot note is preferred for referencing format
  • Paper should be proof read before submitting

Papers can be written in English language or Bahasa Melayu. However, it is commendable to have your presentation slide in English during the seminar.


Due Dates:

15st August 2012 : Abstract Submission
30 August2012 : Notification of Acceptance
29 September 2012 : Full Paper submission 

1st October 2012: Registration closed for paper (no paper will be accepted at this time)

22 October 2012: Registration closed for participant


Our Contact Details:

Assoc. Prof.Dr. Eka Sediadi

Vice Chairman:
Assoc. Prof.Dr Aminatuzuhairiah Megat Abdullah

Jamilia Mohd Marsin
Tel.: 07-5530155
Fax: 07-5566155
Pusat Kajian Alam Bina Dunia Melayu (KALAM)
Jabatan Senibina, Fakulti Alam Bina,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310,
UTM Skudai, Johor Darul Ta’zim.


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