Selangor is the richest most modern state in Malaysia. It’s history saw the intervention of the British into its administration that was the spark for massive urbanization and political legacy. The buildings presented in this book provide a glimpse into much of the colonial legacy directly in the administrative, club houses and offices but also the influence on palaces, mosques and temples. The architectural landscape of heritage buildings presents an interesting mesh between the western classical tradition against the climatic and cultural contexts of the peninsular. The new characteristic of urban architecture is an important product towards the idea of a modern Malaysian identity that reflects the important and positive legacy of the colonial administration.
Prof. Dr. Mohamad Tajuddin bin Haji Mohamad Rasdi is a Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. He read 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 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 the general public. Prof. Dr. Muhamad Tajuddin is also involved in preparing the academic infrastructure of theories on national identity by concentrating on translating many of the early modernist theories into Malay and also documenting the theories of local architects. He has written many books, articles and popular pieces to educate the Malaysian public. he is currently the Director of KALAM (Center of the Study of Built Environment in the Malay World). He is also the Advisor and founder of MASSA, Center for the Study of Modern Architecture in Southeast Asia, based in taylors University College. prof. Dr. Moahamad Tajuddin has written and given many interviews to local television networks such as RTM1 and TV3, newspapers such as Utusan Malaysia, New Straits Times, The Star and Sin Chiew Jit Poh. Apart from his main academic fields his “crusade” is to bring changes to public policies and perception on cultural and value based design ideas in the realm of community architecture. He presently writes in the monthly column “Architecture Inside Out” in The Star.