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March 24, 2019

Penang Institute Chats

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Penang Institute Chats

 

Penang Institute’s Single Question Chats is its latest interview series

examining the current state of affairs and trends with notable personalities.

The programme is meant to encourage the culture of discussion and debate in this new Malaysian spring.

For feedback or queries, kindly email publicity@penanginstitute.org.

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Penang Digital Library

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Welcome to Penang Digital Library

 

Penang’s Digital Library redefines how libraries work

 

 

PDL Phase 1

 

PDL Phase 2

March 18, 2019

Penang Institute : Failure in Urban Planning and Development Control

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Penang Institute is proud to host “Failure in Urban Planning & Development Control” which is scheduled as follows:

 

Date: 22 March 2019, Friday

Time: 8:00pm – 9:30pm (registration starts at 7:30pm)

Venue: Conference Hall, Penang Institute

 

Background to the Talk

According to the Deputy Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP, cities have been the main centres of learning, culture and innovation, therefore it is not surprising that the world’s most urban countries tend to be the richest and have the highest human development. However, rapid urbanisation is like a double-edged sword when urban planning and development control was done in a reactive manner. A comprehensive and balanced spatial planning, as well as a full review of development control, is deemed necessary to ensure that the urbanisation is benefiting the cities with the technology and effective spatial utilisation. Unfortunately, failure in urban planning and development control is prevalent in many cities and countries. The speaker will be sharing some consequences of failure in urban planning and development control from a global and local perspective.

About the Speaker

Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat has had an active career as an Architect and Urban Designer in the firms he founded: Malayan Architects Co-partnership and Architects Team 3/ Jurubena Bertiga.

He was born in Penang, studied at the Penang Free School, obtaining professional degrees from the University of Manchester (B.A. Hons Arch, first class) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.Arch.); he won several awards including the Heywood Medal, Rome Scholarship Finalist and the Commonwealth Fund (now Harkness) Fellowship. He helped to establish the first school of Architecture in Singapore and was President of the Singapore Institute of Architects, also serving on several public boards including the Singapore Housing & Development Board, the Lands Appeals Board, and the UN Panel for State & City Planning, and in Malaysia: the National Art Gallery, Penang Museum and other public committees, including the Botanic Gardens. He has also served as President of the Penang Ratepayers Association, and was the founder Chairman of the Penang Heritage Trust. He was also the founder Chairman of ARCASIA (Architects Regional Council Asia), and Chairman of the Commonwealth Association of Architects Board of Education. In 1995, he was appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Manchester, and also as Quatercentenary Visiting Fellow to Emmanuel College, Cambridge. In 1997, he was conferred an LL.D. (honoris causa) from the University of Manchester, and the prestigious Gold Medal of the PAM. (Malaysian Institute of Architects). In 2015 he was conferred the SIA Gold Medal.

He was involved in the planning work of CAPU for central Georgetown, and in the design and implementation of Komtar as director of the Development Consortium.

He maintains an active interest in Architecture and Environmental Design, Art, Anthropology Botany, Music and also in the work of his great friend Richard Buckminster Fuller. He has served as the Chairman of the Malaysian Forestry Research & Development Board (FRIM) in 2001-2004, and has taken part and contributed to the findings of many expeditions by the Forestry Department and by the Academy Sciences Malaysia (to Maliau and Lanjak-Entimau). He is the publisher/editor of the botanical journal Folia malaysiana, and has established the Suriana Botanic Conservation Gardens at Balik Pulau (and at Bellevue on Penang Hill), which feature rare collections of native palms, gingers and other Zingiberales. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

Note: In June 2010, the speaker had presented a related talk at Penang Institute: “Critical Issues in the Planning Process: with special reference to Penang”.

Kindly register your interest here. Please feel free to circulate this invitation to your family and friends. For further enquiries, please contact the secretariat at enquiry@penanginstitute.org.

Penang Institute – New World Disorder : A Chinese Challenge to American Global Hegemony? 

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New World Disorder:

A Chinese Challenge

to American Global Hegemony?

Penang Institute is proud to host “New World Disorder: A Chinese Challenge to American Global Hegemony?” which is scheduled as follows:

Date: 20 March 2019, Wednesday

Time: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm (registration starts at 7:30pm)

Venue: Conference Hall, Penang Institute

In the digitised world, location appears to be mere coordinates where one source originated from but in reality, geographical location with national boundary drawn is often grouped together based on a loosely-defined geopolitical region where realignment happens alongside the change in leadership. In this talk, the speaker will examine a broad identification of the existential threats facing humanity’s future and examine the responses of the Great Powers and their growing rivalry for global hegemony as well as the validity of the Chinese challenge to Western imperial dominance. The changing geopolitical situation complicated by global warming, nuclear proliferation and the emergence of regional powers in addition to resurgent nationalism everywhere especially in the wealthier industrialised nations of America and Europe will be analysed in the historical context of capitalist globalisation and its consequences on state and society. Will there be hope for the communities to reclaim their commons, locally and nationally, amidst growing uncertainties and threats to human survival?

About the speaker

Koh Kay Yew was a student activist in his undergraduate days at the University of Singapore in the sixties. He was the President of the University Socialist Club and concurrently the University of Singapore Economics Society. He was a member of the Malaysian students’ goodwill mission to Africa and graduated with a B.A. (Hons) in Economics and worked as a Fellow at the Economics Research Centre. He co-edited two books: “Our Thoughts are Free” in 2009 and “The Fajar Generation” in 2010. He has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and America over the past forty years and is currently retired and lives in the Bay Area of California.

Kindly register your interest here. Please feel free to circulate this invitation to your family and friends. For further enquiries, please contact the secretariat at enquiry@penanginstitute.org.

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