Public Lecture



Public Lecture JPBW Monthly Seminar Series 2012/2013-2, Faculty of Built Environment

Date: 17th May 2013 (Friday)
Time: 10.00 – 12.00pm
Venue: Convention Hall, B-12
Speaker 1: En. A.Rahman b. Hassan (Perunding UR Group)
Topic: Pengurusan Projek dalam Konteks Profession Perancangan
Speaker 2: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Rafee Majid
Topic: Kampong Boys vs Urban Lads: How Where We Grow Up in Affects Our Awareness of Nature


SNU-UTM Colloquium, 7th May 2013

A colloquium was held at Urban Greening Institute, Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea on 7th May 2013. The purpose of the colloquium is to present, discuss and share research findings among the members of Urban Greening Institute (SNU, Korea) and Greenovation Research Group (UTM, Malaysia), and simultaneously to develop a collaboration and establish networking. Three (3) members from Urban Greening Institute and five (5) members from Greenovation Research Group have presented their research during colloquium. The presenters and their presentation titles were:

  1. Cho Yong-il (SNU) – The Introduction of GBCC (Green Building Certification Criteria).
  2.  Chun Hyun-Jin (SNU) – Interpretation of Cultural Landscape at Chinatown Commercial Street in Korea.
  3. Teoh Mei Yee (SNU) – Interpretation of Cultural Landscape in Traditional Malay Village: Case Study of Padang Changkat Village in Malaysia.
  4. Khazainun Zaini (UTM) – Effectiveness of Gated Community in Providing Safe Outdoor Spaces for the Residents: A Theoretical Framework.
  5. Hesham Omran Elfartas (UTM) – Residents’ Perception on Contribution of Urban Square to Social Interaction among Malaysian Ethnic Groups in Small Town.
  6. Nor Fadzila Aziz (UTM) – Developing Maps of Affordances for Children’s Environmental Learning at Primary Schools in Malaysia.
  7. Hazlinda Abd Aziz (UTM) – Green Corridors: Linear Conservation Areas for Urban Wildlife.
  8. Wan Saiful Nizam Wan Mohamed (UTM) – modeling of Street Network Connectivity to Evaluate a Good Pedestrian Wayfinding of Small Town in Malaysia.

SUSTEP Short-Term Program


SUSTEP Short-Term Program at a glance:

  • One semester program at SUSTEP graduate program (Autumn semester, October 2013-March 2014)
  • Classes and supervision in English
  • Diverse topics related to environmental sciences and policy: water quality, water treatment, water resource management, disaster management, forest and agricultural management, waste management, environmental economics, environmental policy, landscape planning, urban and regional planning, remote sensing, public health, etc..
  • Tuition fee exempted.
  • Scholarship JPY80,000 per month for seven months, funded by the Japan Student Support Organization, JASSO (Note that travel expenses not covered)
  • Student accommodation provided.
  • Participants are requested to arrive at Narita either on September 24 or 25.
  • Important eligibilities:
  • Degree-seeking graduate student at UTM
  • Good academic performance
  • Fluent in English
  • Research topic related to SUSTEP academic staff

For choosing a desired academic advisor, please refer to the staff list at the SUSTEP website:

UTM Planning Student’s Waterfront Vision Won the Heart of International Judges

Two teams of 8 students from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Program won the heart of an eminent panel of international judges with their innovative and visionary ideas for a sustainable waterfront in Iskandar Malaysia.  The UTM teams, which hailed from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, bagged the 1st and 2nd Runners Up in Category C of the ‘Planning a Clean & Green Waterfront: Youth Leaders for a Sustainable Future Competition 2013’, which pitched them against top Singaporean tertiary institutions.

 The prestigious competition, which commenced on 02 February 2013 and concluded in the Final Prototype Building and Prize Award Ceremony on 17 March 2013, was organised by Activistar Private Limited, Singapore.

 The competition featured prominent international partners/sponsors such as the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA); the Urban Land Institute (ULI); International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP); Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) by ETH Zurich and Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF); and Centre for Liveable Cities Singapore.  The competition was supported by the Swiss Embassy; Embassy of Vietnam; the Belgium Embassy; the National Institute of Education (NIE) Singapore; Asia Europe Foundation; Holcim; Procter & Gamble; Pacific Radiance; Mulpha Holdings; and Keppel Land International, among others.

 The panel of judges comprised ambassadors, professors, CEOs and senior officials from the above partners/sponsors.

 Five UTM teams comprising 20 Year-3 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning students, guided by five young academic staff, submitted five proposals to the competition and all five teams were admitted to the final after strict screenings of proposals, pitching them against five other finalists from Singaporean tertiary institutions.  In the final rounds, finalists were required to orally present and defend their proposals before a select panel of judges (16 March) and construct a prototype model of their proposal in three hours (17 March), after which the final judgment was made.

 Chau Loon Wai (UTM Urban Planning Lecturer and Registered Town Planner) who led the UTM teams in the final rounds observed that the competition was stiff as each finalist team put forth and professionally defended their best innovative ideas.

 The two UTM teams’ advancement to the final and winning at the competition testify to the quality and effectiveness of research and teaching in the university, and the innovativeness and competency of UTM graduates, which are at least at par with prominent institutions in the region.

 The list of the UTM teams is as follows:

Team 1 – Tanjung Langsat Clean & Green Port City – 1st Runner Up

Anis Shazreen Azmi

Norfadiera Ramli

Nur Shazwani Saari

Saidah Sariff

Team 2 – Revisiting Puteri Garden – 2nd Runner Up

Mohd Safuan Mohd Kamil

Mlysha Nurshyla Abd Rahim

Nuraisha Azmi

Nurul Fatin Mohd Jais

Team 3 – Equilibrium between Urban Scape and Nature (Finalist)

Mohd Fadzil Abdullah

Mohd Shafiq Rasid

Nadhirah Nordin

Siti Sarah Abdul Jabar

Team 4 – Laguna Waterfront Iskandar Malaysia (Finalist)

Rohayu Abdullah

Nurul Farahen Ibrahim

Adilah Jamaludin

Efariza Abdul Hamit

Team 5 – The Re-development Plan of JB Waterfront (Finalist)

Iskandar Mirza Abdul Aziz

Mohd Zaki Bahrudin

Muhd Afize Adnan

Badrul Amir Jusoh