Nation Building and Modern Architecture in Malaysia
Nor Hayati Hussain

This paper explores the historical development of modern architecture in Malaysia, which is evident in the emerging architectural language; the efforts of the Federation of Malaya Society of Architects (later known as the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia); as well as the direction taken by the architectural practice in the country; all of which were driven by the prevailing political, economic as well as the socio-cultural attributes of the new nation, and the vision on Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of the Federation of Malaya. The outcome of all these is an architecture that speaks of the nation’s modern society’s values and identity.

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Southeast Asian architecture, Modern urban planning, Tropical architecture, Malaysian modern architecture.

Issue 57
Year 2017
Pages 30-37

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