The presence of the English Colonialist brought many important changes in Malaysia, claims the author of Colonial Architectural Heritage of Malaysia. The most glaring and obvious of all are the language of buildings and planning of towns. The English had brought their great ideas of humanistic living through their cultivation of the towns with public squares, streets and nooks and crannies that create a more humane modern living condition. In the case of buildings, the Colonialists had merged the tropical language of traditional Malay architecture of roofs, verandah, and louvers into beautiful arcaded walkways, balconies, clerestory windows, roof forms all framed within a Palladian, Victorian or Gothic expressions. The richness of the Colonial buildings can serve as am important direction to the idea of a national identity that is vernacular, tropical, rational, modern and humanistic in scale. The many building types of administration, recreation, education, commercial and religious in nature have served to bring a landscape of beauty in Modern Malaysia.
About the Author
Prof. Dr. Mohamad Tajuddin bin Mohamad Rasdi is a senior lecturer at the department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment at the Technology University of Malaysia, Johor. He reads his Bachelors in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1984 and 1986 respectively. In 1996, he was conferred a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He specialises in theory and history of architecture with emphasis on the ideas of Islamic Architecture from the perspectives of the Prophet Muhammad Sunnah (traditions) and the framework of early western modernist thoughts. He has published many books and articles on the subject of mosque designs and community curriculum, and has given many lectures to religious leaders, academics and general public. He has written many books (40 published books), articles and popular pieces to educate the Malaysian public. Dr. M. Tajuddin has written and given many interviews to local television networks RTM1 and TV3, newspapers such as Utusan Malaysia, The Star, New Straits Time and Sin Chew Jit Poh. He was a columnist for ‘Architecture Inside Out’ for the mainstream newspaper The Star for 4 years.