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Bio-cultural Heritage Centre at Kampung Buayan, Sabah, Malaysia

Bio-cultural heritage is unending

What can you do in 4 years; finish a degree or perhaps send your kid to school? Dissolva and Arkitrek go back 4 years and Dissolva and the community in Kampung Buayan go back 5 years! Dr. Shinobu from Gakushuin University Tokyo, the coordinator of the Dissolva programme, knows this remote corner of Borneo like her own village. Her goal is to support Kampung Buayan in maintaining their Bio-cultural heritage is unending. This year the Japanese Dissolva students worked at the Bio-cultural Heritage Centre. They dug a leach field,...

Japan sketch by Nurfilzah Jamjam

Everyone seems like they have been choreographed

I have always admired Japan for their crafts. My mum had this Japanese tailoring book that I used to look at. They are very detailed, the Japanese. Just look at the stuff that Daiso sells, they have things that will make you think “Who has the time to think about inventing this?” right? Thanks to Dissolva group, I had a chance visiting Tokyo, Japan. Inside I was jumping with excitement about visiting one of the most popular cities the worlds. Oh and I now understand what it means by ‘most populated’. This become clear...

Arkitrek Principal, Filzah Jamjam is kinda on Sabbatical

My Sabbatical by Filzah Jamjam

[In the second article of this series: Arkitrek Principal, Filzah Jamjam, talks about what it's like to be the caretaker for Arkitrek during the Arkitrek sabbatical year.] Over the last couple months, people have been asking me "So, are you taking over Arkitrek?" and with a slight ahem, tittering, I said, "ha! um, am taking care" followed by a nervous smile hoping there's no further question. Because to be honest, I've been asking myself the same question and still looking for the answer. I understand why Arkitrek needs...

Social Impact of Architectural Design

Indicators of Social Impact in Architectural Design

This article proposes six unusual indicators of social impact in architectural design. The obvious starting place to look for such indicators are the green building standards, but they’re not yet to be found here. In fact, the opposite may be true: in Malaysia you can get a Malaysian Green Building Index (GBI) rating for a gated and guarded community, which glorifies social inequality as being ‘green’. The following indicators have been derived from the Arkitrek Principles of Sustainable Design, first published in 2013,...

Travel Journal Cover

Incredible Japan

Japan has always been known for its ever evolving modern infrastructures and also its well-preserved culture and traditions. Some time ago, our very own Arkitrekker Jason decided to go on a backpacking trip to the Land of the Rising Sun as a reward for a year's of hard work. He had always been interested in the Japanese culture since a very young age and had always wanted to experience it himself. During his stay in Tokyo city, he was not only amazed at the integration of both traditional and advance technologies in Japan...