Melaka is known as the melting pot of history in the annals of Malaysia. It was here that the ﬁrst “civilization” ﬂowered into the hearts of the states of the peninsular. The Dutch, Portugese and English left an indelible architectural legacy during their colonial years. The city is painted also with the myriad Arabian, Chinese and Indian heritages that put a colourful landscape on the culture of the peoples.
The Architectural Heritage of Melaka presents various different building types like churches and temples, public buildings and shop houses, and administrative and civil services. The architecture of these historical heritage presents a glimpse of life in the past whilst giving much thought as to what kind of architecture that contemporary architects would justify to create an urban environment that has a unique human scale.
About the author: Dr. Mohamad Tajuddin bin Haji Mohamad Rasdi is a Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Johor. He was appointed as Lecturer at UTM in 1987, Senior Lecturer in 1996, Associate Professor in 1997 and Professor in 2005. He read his Bachelors in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1984 and 1986 respectively. ln 1996 he was conferred a Doctorate in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He specializes in theory and history of architecture with emphasis on the ideas of Islamic Architecture from the perspectives of the Prophet Muhammad’s 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. Dr. Mohamad Tajuddin 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.