Assembly to Assemble | CommUnity' Activation
Helping the Underprivileged Community
Au2 Taman Keramat is located in district of Ampang in Selangor, alongside the Klang River. The village consists of 18-block flats with 668 units while the overall population is approximately 2300 people. According to the leader of taman, crime rates are high within the community. Prior to EMCO1.0 (Year 2020), we had the opportunity to run a live-build project ( Keramat Community Library ). During the post-mortem, we had come to a realization that although we have a tangible final built library,but there was less ideal collaborative condition during the implementation this community project. First, the lack of communication and engagement between university students and the youth community which led to an imbalanced community project because 90% of the builders were from the university hence it becomes an “one-sided” projectthat focused on the university students rather than the whole community. Therefore, the reflection of our previous project should be taken into strong consideration to understand the proper method to construct a healthier way of engaging the community. Several researches will also be done in order to produce a general guideline for community engagement.From understanding the situation, we hope to contribute our knowledge in architecture (the understanding of relation of people and place) to ease some of the social, environmental and community work. To instil the importance of a community public space, we hope to have a participatory community engagement which includes the youth to be more proactive and involved. This workshop shall teach the community to be able to build, sustain, and innovate on future designs if they wish to.
Overview of Issue / Background
Au2 Taman Keramat is located in district of Ampang in Selangor, alongside the Klang River. The village consists of 18-block flats with 668 units while the overall population is approximately 2300 people. According to the leader of taman, crime rates are high within the community. Prior to EMCO1.0 (Year 2020), we had the opportunity to run a live-build project ( Keramat Community Library ).
During the post-mortem, we had come to a realization that although we have a tangible final built library,but there was less ideal collaborative condition during the implementation this community project. First, the lack of communication and engagement between university students and the youth community which led to an imbalanced community project because 90% of the builders were from the university hence it becomes an “one-sided” projectthat focused on the university students rather than the whole community.
Therefore, the reflection of our previous project should be taken into strong consideration to understand the proper method to construct a healthier way of engaging the community. Several researches will also be done in order to produce a general guideline for community engagement.
From understanding the situation, we hope to contribute our knowledge in architecture (the understanding of relation of people and place) to ease some of the social, environmental and community work. To instil the importance of a community public space, we hope to have a participatory community engagement which includes the youth to be more proactive and involved. This workshop shall teach the community to be able to build, sustain, and innovate on future designs if they wish to.
Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)
To nurture a healthy community through
- Share community experiences to the public
- Producing guidelines for community projects
- Collaboration in sharing skills and ideas.
- Engagement of the community youngsters.
- Empowering community.
- Foster relationships between community and university students.
To enhance a healthy and participatory community project between the universities’ students and the existing communities.
- To share community practitioners experiences with the public through online and social media
- To reflect on our previous project and determine the precautions from our experiences and mistakes.
- To carry out research on community projects from other studios or countries to establish a healthy way of community engagement.
- To improvise based on the research and reflection to produce a recommended guideline for community projects.
- To engage with the community through hands-on activities.
- To Innovate and combine students’ intellectual and knowledge with local communities.
- To haveparticipatory workshops with the youth communities, in order to be able to replicate and improve among their community.
- To encourage the communities into making furniture for daily use.
- To bridge the relationship between the kampung community towards the public to promote shared knowledge and intelligence.
Project Details (Activities and Tasks)
Due to the current situation of Malaysia, we will proceed with the project with the “bridge out” stage first. We will conduct the dualogue event through the online platform, and continue with research and study for Guidebook.
At the same time, the “bridge in” stage is our second year collaborating with Au2 Taman Keramat Villagers in order to form a healthy and sustainable community project. As the previous project (Keramat Community Library) used the slot bench as its main modular component for the floor, it is essential for the community to know how to make this in case there is a need to replace them for maintenance.
The main objective of this guideline research is to determine a comprehensive research-based guidebook and research on the method of Keramat Library’s maintenance.
ACTIVITY 1: DUALOGUE
Dualogue will be hosted among studios locally and internationally to interact and understand better for the community work.The sharing session will open to the public to inspire them to take part in community development. The take-away from the sessions will be applied to the guidebook.
ACTIVITY 2: PUBLICATION OF GUIDEBOOK
From the activity above, the research information and list of guidelines will be conducted for community engagement. The guidebook will include the information from the research, reflections, case studies, and feedback. All these documents will be analyzed and then published in a guidebook format and through social media. Guidebook and the community project will be shared through online sharing sessions such as talks, facebook posts.
ACTIVITY 3: INTERACTION WITH COMMUNITIES（ ONLINE WORKSHOP）
To foster healthy relationships with the communities by having ice breaking sessions to have a two-way exchange of experience and knowledge.We will connect with the communities virtually and discuss the reciprocal frame.
ACTIVITY 4: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT RESEARCH
Research will be carried out in order to find out a better way of engaging the community.
The research will be based on the reference guideline of community architecture projects from other countries or organizations to give more clearer and understandable idea on how to approach further
community engagement activities.
ACTIVITY 5: CONDUCT BUILDING WORKSHOP
University students and the communities will work together to conduct a building workshop for 1 week. The workshop is designed to facilitate the transfer of skills at the same time giving opportunities to interact with the youths in a unique, interactive and practical manner. If the covid situation in September and October is doing better, we will proceed with this workshop.
Expected Project Result & Outcomes
- The workshop will help to develop a sense of social responsibility and an act of giving back to the community hence fostering social cohesion.
- Youths proficiency and confidence in using hand tools / machines.
- Information on the guidebook will be updated from the community project for improvements.
- Guidebook to be published in printed version.
- Information will be published to Colllab Website
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|Project leader name
|Lim Zhuan Yang
|Project implementation date
|Location of project held
|UCSI Makelab & UCSI
|Architecture Community Practitioner & Communities in Malaysia
- Project Goals:
To curate a comprehensive and detailed, research-based guidebook to community architecture. This could help the community developers to locate a better strategies to conduct architectural community project and hence to benefit the targeted community.
- Fund-raising support & Other external sponsorship:
- Teoh Chee Keong
- Oon Wu Han
- Doris Quek
- Alexis Sum Wen Jun
- Foo Hsiang Hsien
- Lai Xin Qi
- Beverlee Choo Pei Yan
- Eunice Lim Min Yee
- Mah Yi Jun
- LIM KHANG JIAN
- TEW KOK KEONG
- Queenie Wong
- Ang Qiao Ting
- How the project work?
- Project Flow Summary:
- Received Grant from Khind Starfish Foundation
- Group Recruitment
- Received Grant from Khind Starfish Foundation
- Project Flow Summary:
- May – July
Preparation for Guideline research and Studio invitation
- 24 July – 14 Aug
Online Dualogue Series conducted through FB Live
- 29 Aug
Crowdfunding Video release through IG
- Sept – Oct
Interview and feed back collection from previous projects members and content development
Part 1 & Part 2 content development and Book Branding
Part 1 & Part 2 content discussion and refining
- Jan (Expectation)
Part 1 & Part 2 Content finalize and double checking and overwriting
Guideline Discussion & Development
- Feb (Expectation)
- Feb (Expectation)
- March (Expectation)
Publish of the book
- Discussion and Communication through Online due to MCO
- Content refining to reach better outcome
- No centralized manpower resources
- Language or cultural barriers
We conduct international Dualogue sharing with 8 countries through English. The cultural and language background of the speakers and our teammate have been well understood and communicated together. Beside, the discussion among the team and supervisor have also proceed well.
- Beneficial person
The readers of the guidebook are targeted on architectural practitioner and people who having idea to conduct community projects. They are skillful and knowledgeable, with the guideline and reference provide to them, they can conduct a better community project with the targeted community and yet to benefit the community development in Malaysia.
The guidebook can further promote and deliver to the Architecture Studio and University all among the Malaysia. It can inspire the readers to start the idea of conduct community project. With more and more spread of the guideline and guidebook, people are able to have the basic understanding and idea to the community nearby themself. This can boost the social understanding and help to carryout more and more community development in the future.
How does or will your project contribute to happiness? Short-term? Long-term?
This is a spontaneous project. The reason is not to help a specific group, but we recognize that we have such responsibilities and obligations. We define ourselves as architects, and we deeply know what changes our skills and knowledge can bring to the people. Therefore, we feel obligated to call on more people with these skills and knowledge to participate in the development of the community to bring a greater changes. If we do not promote and guide the development of the community, perhaps people will never know that they are able to help others, to help the community. This is the happiness that our project can bring - the happiness that we recognize that we can help. In a short-term, readers will be able to clearly understand the meaning of community development and learn how to carry out community projects. In the long-term, happiness is gradually reaped from the help they have given in the past.
Has your project changed the way you think about the world? How has it changed you?
The purpose of publishing a guidebook is not to sell a book, but to share our insights. Prior to this, I had not been engaged in many community projects and developments, and did not know the significance of community building. And now, I am glad to say that I can help the development of the community. And only because of this, I am able and willing to share the charm of these communities with more people. This is very positive and I have never thought about it before this project. It lays the confidence in community building and the intention to encourage more people to participate. With these, I saw a better side of the world.
" Knowing that I am able to help is a very appreciable thing, and I am glad and willing to let more people know they can help also.”
Lim Zhuan Yang
" The projects are the outcome of collaboration between students, volunteers and local community. It makes a change in the community. Hope more of it will be happening in the future and more people are willing to involve themselves to make changes together.”
On Zi Shan
" It has opened our eyes to the reality and process of how architecture may be used to help and approach society. It's the kind of information we don't get in our academic classes. I believe the book will assist many people in better understanding the in-between aspects of architecture.”
Fan Khai Jing
" It is not easy to publish a guidebook, especially the outcome is not tangible. But it is great to have this kind of experiment on community development. Helping the community not only provide help to them but also inspire more people to join.”
Eunice Lim Min Yee