On 19th September 2018, Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay named Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia as the World Book Capital for the year 2020. In conjunction with this, a series of micro-libraries were built all over the city. The Bamboo library located within the grounds of Perdana Botanical Gardens was designed by us as part of the initiative.
Rad about our story in ‘Self-Made: Creative Lives in Southeast Asia’ by Stephanie Peh – a book about ‘start-up stories of architects, artists, designers, photographers and filmmakers and how they navigate through terrains of uncertainty to pursue their dreams while keeping the lights on’.
Here are the latest pictures of our mini library at Perdana Botanical Gardens Kuala Lumpur. Nearing completion, this little structure will serve as a free book kiosk built out of bamboo and colourful translucent polycarbonates. It is located right next to the bamboo playhouse and is conceived as part of Kuala Lumpur World Book Capital 2020 program.
Eleena talks about ‘sustainable building material: bamboo for mass housing’ in a webinar titled Biophilic Architecture and Design organised by Thinkcity & Gamuda on the 22nd May 2020. Together with Eleena speaking is LAr. Khariza Abdul Khalid COO of Gamuda Parks.
We’ll be discussing our take on ‘solidarity with nature’ at an online seminar program at NTU CCA Ideas Fest by @ntu_ccasingapore guest curated by IDEASCITY and NEW MUSEUM NEW YORK. Titled ‘Solidarity with Nature’ catch the livestream from 10.00am to 10.00pm MYT 22nd February 2020 here.
Local and international artists and community leaders will speak on topics including food diasporas, the archives as commons, capitalism and the extreme self, emergent medias and speech, ecofeminism and community, poetics of migration, strategies for combatting climate change, speculative futures, and more.
Embracing year 2020 with much enthusiasm and excitement for forthcoming exhibitions, talks, a book publication in progress and a number of live projects due for completion. Image is of terasek house in its final stages of construction. More details of this project in the upcoming months.
#GSAPPconversations: A Podcast Series from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation
In episode #82, architect Eleena Jamil speaks with MARCH student Lucy Navarro about her practice in Southeast Asia. Her work has been founded on research into specific social and climatic imperatives of each project brief within a broader cultural framework. She shares with us her vision on the potential of vernacular architecture and sustainable building materials, such as bamboo and timber, in Kuala Lumpur. Click on image to listen.