By Faris Foat
The esteemed regional Asia Young Designer Summit 2017/18 witnessed two young local designers, Ng Wai How (Architecture) and Shahmeena Labeeb (Interior Design) win USD5,000 each and further proving that they had the power to shape the future in their hands. The yearly Summit, which usually see in excess of 500 talented design students, judges, industry specialists, and teachers in participation, is a built up stage to sustain the up and coming age of design talents which enables them to build a conducive learning environment that involves famous industry experts and peers all across Asia.
The Asia Young Designer Summit is the peak of the yearly Asia Young Designer Award whereby provincial champs from 13 Asian nations in particular Bangladesh, China and the districts of China such as Hong Kong and Taiwan, and India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia,
Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, assemble for a serious learning program. This program incorporates study tours, and sharing and instructing sessions by eminent industry experts, other than contending in a local level finale for the profoundly looked upon after ‘Asia Young Designer of the Year’ title.
This year, the students had the benefit of being motivated by the Malaysian Institute of Architects which has accomplished platinum rating status under the Green Building Index, the iconic Malaysian landmark Petronas Twin Towers, the repurposed APW imaginative modern space, in addition to different hot spots of Malaysia.
In the Architecture category, Ng Wai How, currently pursuing his Master of Architecture from University of Malaya, chose to honour the nation’s fallen heroes. His idea for War Museum – Extension of ‘Tugu Negara’ (Malaysia’s National Monument) features thematic galleries that use light, shadow and texture for greater impact. The planned site on the lower hill helps preserve the natural landscape as much as possible while paying homage to the original monument without overwhelming it.
In the Interior Design category, Labeeb is a recent graduate in Interior Architecture from Taylor’s University, who centered her idea around the declining population of honeybees around the world. Using an abandoned space in Kuala Lumpur as her site, she designed a project incorporating bee-friendly fruit and vegetable trees, with design elements inspired by honeycombs. Named Plan Bee – City Beekeeping, it creates employment for urban beekeepers and gardeners, with a café and retail space for produce made from honey.