Prof. Dr. Ahmad Bashri Sulaiman
PROFESSOR OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN, UTM RAZAK SCHOOL
Ahmad Bashri Sulaiman is a Professor of architecture & urban design at the Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, UTM International Campus, Kuala Lumpur. Specialisesin architecture and urban design where his pioneering works contributed towards the fieldthrough numerous publications, researches, consultations and teachings nationally as well asinternationally.
Sustainable Cities by Design
Breaking the Silos (re-alignment the future/forward the past)
The nation development in relation to the living environment within cities has beenfragmented into silos such as planning, architecture (as seen from the modern trend locally),landscape, engineering, social aspects, technology, economic and many others. These arewell disintegrated that sometimes we see things like a tunnel vision leading into differentdirections as can be seen in the two allied
architecture and planning. Cities arecontext/platform for interaction, a common place to achieve individual aspiration, context forcommunity development and preservation. Many of the designers, planners and communityleaders fail to see the cities as an integrated whole that comprises of places and spaces of unique characteristics physically, behaviourally, socio-culturally and psychologically that in theend influence our behaviour hence our culture. Designers
(architects) today is far cry fromplaying the role as defined by Michelangelo (16th century high renaissance architect, artist,
inventor, composer, mathematician…), who is knowledgeable in: law, medicine, sciences of
earth, engineering, mathematics, philosophy,
theology, astronomy, history, politics etc. thatreally reflects the general trend of abandoning the good design principles.
Going back to Brundtland’s report (1987)
“Sustainable development is development that
meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future to meet their
own needs”, therefore there is an urgent need to enhance the skill of those different people
(professionals and layman alike) involves in the environmental planning and design. The needto expose those who are making decision about our environment to aspects of urban designand city development as well as to equip designers with tools to ensure proper holisticconsideration given due attention.