Recently, a group of 27 second year landscape architecture students from Faculty of Built Environment, UTM have conducted a study and produced a comprehensive Landscape Master Plan proposal for FELDA Tenggaroh 1 in Mersing, Johor. This community service is for the benefit of local community towards improving their environmental wellbeing. As for the students, they are compelled to do so by the school as part of academic requirements, in lieu of SBL 2046: Landscape Community Design Studio.

This program is deliberately planned to connect servicing the community different environmental context with started learning outcomes: “to practice analytical skills and criticism in real landscape community through establishing enquiry by design; understand and apply an aspect of landscape planning and design, addressing an ecological , sustainable and livable community planning approaches.”

Two lecturers worked as studio masters cum. experts attest to the requirement of engaging students in conducting site visits and survey, data inventory, analysis and synthesis prior to establishing design concept, schematic and final master plan together with details on technical and construction drawings. Several conceptual themes such as Green Heart and Eco-village were proposed as an alternative development gearing towards greening for more social-recreational opportunities and conserving the existing ecology, natural resources for the sustainable community living respectively.

The Day present our Final Master Plan To Felda Tenggaroh 1

The holistic approach is to ensure high quality service learning judging from the overwhelming support during the presentation and exhibition held at the community hall . Finally, the students and the community as well as the FELDA Authority seem to benefit from this program of high commitment, team work, sharing and fun, making community service an effective learning tool.