Saturday, 6 October 2012

A Month in Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

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Kuala Lumpur is a city intent on defining itself as a modern global city. The roads are enormous - all with a minimum of four lanes and the building boom is in full swing. As more and more anonymous skyscrapers are hurled skywards, the smaller streets of 1920s and 1930s colonial architecture is left to decay with one three-storey example burnt out with all the debris left inside, prevented only from collapsing onto the street by the blackened window frames and another huge area - presumably an entire row of ten or more buildings - completely reduced to rubble.

Malaysia inevitably has a complex relationship with its past as a result of centuries of colonial rule and preserving the architecture of this period is clearly not widely desired. However, we did encounter two local groups determined to prevent the history from being lost altogether, the 'Petaling Street Community Arts Project' and 'Lost Generation Space'. Collectively they have a facebook page through which you can follow and support their work should you be interested.

5 comments:

  1. lovely photo's Dulcie - missing it all so much, especially that open air pool

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  2. this is so cool! beautiful pictures :)) it's sad that they should leave the old buildings go to waste, in my opinion they are much more beautiful than the skyscrapers...

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  3. Beautiful photos! This looks like such a lovely place!

    -Katie

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  4. Looks incredibly exotic, especially when I'm sitting here shivering in an oversized cardigan!

    le fresne x

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  5. Dulice these photo's are truly amazing! My favourites have to be the very first one, the chandelier and you with you braids. So beautiful.
    That makes me so sad that they are not maintaining it, it's all so beautiful. :-( It was simular when I visited Mumbai, all the Art Deco and Colonial architecture was decaying and a lot it very over grown but it was absolutely beautiful. The decay was beautiful but their building's were actually being used so it didn't have the same sadness.
    I will definitely join the Facebook group. Your pictures have me itching even more to make our trip happen. xxx

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