In Kuala Lumpur – A Sketchbook, one of Malaysia’s most accomplished artists records the capital’s rich architectural heritage and captures the spirit of everyday life on its streets and in its markets.
In Kuala Lumpur, one of the most modern cities in Asia with a hectic pace of life, it is easy to overlook the blend of Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures and the corresponding traditional and colonial architectural treasures. However, with Chin Kon Yit’s artist’s eye and architects Chen Voon Fee and Lim Take Bane as guides, this book will remind citizens of the riches that remain, help visitors to appreciate the city’s unique character and serve as a poignant memento.
At this crucial point in KL’s development, when much of its traditional architecture has already been lost but whilst many important buildings still remain to be saved, this work sets out to promote the importance of architectural conservation. As the capital builds impressive modern amenities and functional ofﬁce blocks it is crucial that it retains the sense of history, human perspective and more intimate environments that the buildings pictured in this book represent.
Reproduced here are over 150 watercolour paintings and sketched details of the city’s grandest buildings, humblest shophouses and typical street scenes. After an historical survey of the founding of Kuala Lumpur, six chapters survey the city’s main areas and types of building. Each chapter opens with a concise introduction, before a lively collection of annotated illustrations takes the reader around the most visited tourist sites and little-known backstreets in search of the living relics ofa bygone era.