About the Forum
Who owns public spaces, and how can we reclaim these oft-neglected “dead spaces”? Empowering people to take ownership of public spaces will have a positive impact on safety, connectivity, community-building, social relations, and ultimately, economic viability. As part of REFSA’s ongoing cycle of talks on urban issues, this forum considers how public spaces make cities more liveable.
The speaker will present her work on two projects relating to public spaces. The first was a project called My Backlane, an undertaking which sought to re-imagine the back lanes between houses and a public space for gatherings and socialising. Her project won the Genovasi Challenge, a competition which called for proposals to “improve and enliven Malaysian neighborhoods”. She will also talk about her involvement in the project to reclaim Merdeka Park. More than an effort to oppose the building of a mega skyscraper on the site, the project was about bringing people together and empowering them in defending public spaces.
This forum is being held in conjunction with the Library Festival 2016, hosted by the Library for Social Democracy to mark its official launching.
Foo Hui Ping, architect at Arkitek Foo Hui Ping and 2013 Genovasi Prize Winner.
Trained as an architect, Foo Hui Ping received her architecture Bachelor's Degree locally from University of Malaya and a Master's Degree from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.
After working abroad with Jan de Vylder Arkitekten and locally at Versatile Design and GDP Architects, currently she is residing and woking in Petaling Jaya as a professional architect under her own set-up, Arkitek Foo Hui Ping. She also tutored part time at the Architectural Design Studios of University Tunku Abdul Rahman and University of Malaya.
Apart from being passionate about designing and teaching, she is also attracted to issues pertaining to her immediate physical environment – in short the City. She won first prize in a national open idea competition for her community project entitled The Back Lane Project.
REFSA is pleased to invite you to the third forum under our URBAN SERIES of forums. We advise registering well in advance to avoid disappointment.
This event is part of the Library Festival 2016, hosted by the Library for Social Democracy to mark its official launching. The full schedule of the Festival is available here: bit.ly/2dTKVQL