The Merdeka Interviews : Architects, Engineers and Artists of Malaysia's Independence

The Merdeka Interviews : Architects, Engineers and Artists of Malaysia's Independence

Between 2001 and 2006, architectural historian Lai Chee Kien conducted a series of interviews with the key architects, engineers and artists who contributed to the landscape of Kuala Lumpur and its outskirts at the time of Independence. The ten projects — Merdeka Stadium, Merdeka Park, University of Malaya, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Stadium Negara, Muzium Negara, Parliament House, Masjid Negara and Subang Airport — endowed the capital city with key structures for a functioning nation, and created fervour towards the sense of citizenship in Malaysia.

The Merdeka Interviews, a collaboration between Lai Chee Kien and Ang Chee Cheong, brings together for the first time in a single volume, 17 interviews which reveals not only the protagonists’ roles and work in shaping these architectural icons, but also the milieus, circumstances and larger historical contexts during which they practised. The publication of these interviews is relevant and timely, as we look back in time to discover the courage and spirit that forged a nation of peoples from multiple origins in the first decade of Independence, and their endowments on the landscape of Kuala Lumpur today. As a group of voices, it tells not only a history of the nation’s architecture and buildings at its birth, but altogether the story of Malaysia.

Interviews with the Architects, Engineers and Artists

Kington Loo

Philip Chow

Ronald Pratt

Baharuddin Kassim

Hisham Albakri

Ivor Shipley

Chuah Thean Teng

Ho Kok Hoe

Waveney Jenkins

Cheong Laitong

Dudley Pritchard

Lai Lok Kun

Raymond Honey

George Atkinson

Ismail Mustam

Lee Kwok Thye

Stanley Jewkes

Author 1 Lai Chee Kien
Author 2 Ang Chee Cheong
Published 2018
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Tags: Architecture, Architec, Malaysia