Saturday, 19th October 2019,11:16:46am

Reminisce of An Architect : Dato’ Ar. Lai Kok Kun

Date: 24th April 2019
Speakers: Dato’ Ar. Lai Kok Kun
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Black Box, Publika Solaris Dutamas

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Autopot Technology For Urban Agriculture

Date: 20th April 2019
Speakers: Jim Fah
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Dewan President, PAM Centre Jalan Tandok 59100 Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

Speakers' Biography

Jim Fah graduated from the College of Agriculture, Serdang, Malaysia and obtained his Masters Degree in Aquaculture from Deakin University, Melbourne. His 50 years of agricultural activities include horticulture, aquaculture and aquaponics disciplines

Jim always believed that there must be a simpler way of growing plants in containers, from small to large structures. It was with this belief that he invented the Autopot Technology.

In 1992, his technology was awarded the best invention by the Inventors Association of Victoria. At The Royal Melbourne Show organized by The Royal Agriculture Society of Victoria, Jim’s invention won the first prize in Best Farm Innovations Category for the “The Most Innovative Use of Water” farm award.

Though semi-retired now, Jim is still actively involved in R & D work continually making improvement to the Autopot Technology focusing on food production in arid areas. As Jim sees it, the fullest potential of the Autopot Technology is yet to be realised. He reckons, what he has discovered so far is only the tip of an iceberg. By now, more than a million pieces of the Autopot Units have been sold worldwide.

He has written and published a book called “Hydroponics Made Easy”. The needs for doing so arise from the fact that Autopot Technology is so different from other hydroponics systems and no existing publication has satisfactorily explains it.

Synopsis of Presentation :

Jim Fah’s presentation is about Autopot Technology and its applications on urban agriculture. Autopot Technology is the speaker’s invention. This unique watering and feeding system is very unlike any other watering systems in the world. It’s “Plant Driven”. Which means that plant/s grown in each Autopot unit dictates exactly when and how often it should be watered and done without any human intervention or electronic sensors. Because it is plant driven, you can expect watering to be very accurate. So much so, there is no excess water run- off. That’s right, no wastage. Its other outstanding attributes are its simplicity, its versatility and very forgiving.

Jim will explain how the Autopot’s Plant Driven concept works, why plants grow so well in the Autopot Systems and how it can be used in urban agriculture. He will be drawing from his vast experience on past Autopot projects to support his presentation.

There will also be several cross references to other watering systems, such as, the ebb & flow, sprays and drip, comparing with their advantages and limitations.

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Strata Development Dilemma

Date: 20th April 2019
Speakers: Ar. Ezumi Harzani Ismail
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Komtar, Auditorium C Lebuh Tek Soon, George Town, 10100 George Town, Pulau Pinang

Speakers' Biography

Apart from being the President of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia, Ezumi is the Director of Arkitek MAA Sdn Bhd, one of the bigger architectural practice in Malaysia. In his career with Arkitek MAA, he has completed several hospitals, hotels, government office buildings, and currently working on high-rise residential and MRT2 projects.

He is also a board member of Board of Architects Malaysia and appointed as the Advisory Board member of Kuala Lumpur City Hall. Other than his practice, Ezumi also involved in various government working groups and committees, including the Focus Group on Dealing with Construction Permit (FGDCP) set up by PEMUDAH. He also represents PAM and LAM in various meetings and workshops with KPKT, DBKL, REHDA, CIDB and PEJUTA in relation to stratified land development and housing development issues. He graduated with Bachelor of Architecture from University of Science Malaysia, and Master of Philosophy (Policy Studies) from University of Technology Malaysia.

Synopsis of Presentation :

As a city develops, an increase in the development of high-rises is inevitable as a result of limited land availability within the proximity of the city. Rapid urbanisation in the late 70’s has led to the development of more high-rise buildings. This provides a different type of property ownership, and subsequently led to the introduction of the Strata Titles Act in 1985. Today, strata living has become more acceptable and approximately 30% of the Malaysian population reside in stratified properties.

Stratified property developments have given rise to multiple issues affecting all parties dealings with it, including the house buyers, developers, architects and land surveyors. It has become an issue of great urgency, with regard to the legal transaction aspect for strata title properties. Other than Strata Titles Act 1985, stratified housing development also involves many other laws and regulations; such as the Housing Development Act 1966; Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974; and Strata Management Act 2013.

The recent amendments to the Strata Management Act was intended to overcome management and maintenance issues of the stratified buildings as well as to provide further interpretation of strata title. Nevertheless, recent problems that arose in stratified housing development revealed that there are other underlying issues that need to be dealt with, and which put the industry into dilemma.

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