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Urban Planning Students Win “Most Innovative Model Township Award”

The 4th Planning A Clean and Green Township Competition was held in Singapore on the 11th and 12th April 2015.  It was organised by Activistar Advocacy, a sister company of Activistar Pte Ltd that promotes and incorporates eco-friendly principles in the planning of sustainable townships. The competition saw participation of eighty teams (80) from four (4) countries namely, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. Thirty four teams (34) were short listed for the competition. Two teams from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) were among the teams short listed. The aim of the competition was to increase awareness among the young generation of the current and future challenges faced by developing countries due to the pressures of rapid urbanisation and hence, the dire need for sustainability. The two (2) teams from JPBW, FAB, UTM are Paradigm Planning Consultant Group and Mahal Group.  Th…

Second ‘First Year Experience’ (FYE-II) for 27 First Year UTM Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning Students

In order to produce high quality town planners who are able to practically and holistically contribute to more sustainable development of the country, apart from having a forward-looking, innovative, world class Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (B.URP) curriculum, it is highly essential that the B.URP program be designed “for the real world”; and “planning for the real world” begins in the early year of the planning education. With this in view, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru (UTMJB) organised the second First Year Experience (FYE-II) program that was integrated with the field trip of the First Year, Second Semester’s Site Planning and Layout Studio (SBEP 1125) on 16-18 April 2015. Read more...

UTM and Thai Varsity Celebrates 10 years of Successful Collaboration through the 10th MSU-UTM Joint Workshop on Urban Design and Conservation

In line with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s (UTM) efforts in internationalising and striving for research and teaching excellence at the global scale, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru (UTMJB), jointly with Mahasarakham University’s (MSU) Faculty of Architecture, Urban Design and Creative Arts (FAUDCA), successfully organised the 10th MSU-UTM Joint Workshop on Urban Design and Conservation (10th MSU-UTM JWUDC) on 05-13 April 2015.

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JPBW Monthly Seminar/Talk : Comprehensive Development Plan II (2014-2025) for Iskandar Malaysia by Adjunct Professor Datuk Ismail Ibrahim

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning (JPBW), Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), UTM has once again successfully organised its 2nd monthly seminar/talk for 2015. The talk by Adjunct Prof. Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) was held on 16th April 2015 (Thursday) at the Convention Hall B12, FAB.  In the two hour talk, entitled ‘Comprehensive Development Plan ii (2014 – 2025) Iskandar Malaysia’, Datuk Ismail accentuate the vision and development pathway for Iskandar Malaysia as prescribed in the comprehensive development plan strategy. The strategy is to develop Iskandar Malaysia into a strong and sustainable metropolis of international standing. He also emphasised that the vision envisaged in the first Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) Iskandar Malaysia 2006 will be advanced and promoted further in the Comprehensive Development Plan II (CDPii).

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Karnival Kerjaya, Fakulti Alam Bina 2015

Ecosystem of Coastal Forest at Tanjung Balau

Lawatan Audit Surveillance ISO 9001:2008

JPBW Monthly Seminar – Comprehensive Development Plan for Iskandar Malaysia

Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (ILAM) Accreditation and Recognition Visit

Closing Ceremony The 10th Joint Workshop on Urban Design and Conservation

CiPD Talk – 25 March 2015

On 25th March 2015, Centre for Innovative Planning and Development (CiPD), UTM organised their first Seminar in 2015. The Talk was delivered by Prof. Dr. Alan A. Lew from Department of Geography, Planning and Recreation, Northern Arizona University, USA. The 2 hours public lecture titled ‘The Four Faces of Community Sustainability and Resilience’ was based on four essential areas of concern namely Management Resilience, Sustainability Resilience, Planning Resilience, and Governance Resilience. Each of these areas has distinct implication for sustainable development and resilience planning in the research and applied methodologies.

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Opening Ceremony The 10th Joint Workshop on Urban Design and Conservation

Academic Visit by Seifu Nankai Junior and Senior High School, Japan to FAB, UTM, Johor Bahru

The Faculty of Built Environment (FAB), UTM was host to a group of 21 students and 2 teachers from Seifu Nankai High School, Osaka, Japan on March 18th 2015. The group was led by Mr.Toshiyuki Iwawaki and Mr. David Eckford, teachers from Comprehensive and International Department, Seifu Nankai High School. The main purpose of the academic visit was to establish relations with UTM under the ‘Global Young Leaders Programme’. The programme provides a platform for young leaders of the future to play an active role in the betterment of society and attain a wide range of knowledge on economic, societal, technological and political issues through seminars.

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Rural Development Challenges in Malaysia

In essence, rural development is a process and is very much outcome based.  It is a process of deliberate induced change led by the state and is multidisciplinary and the outcome is for the betterment of the rural population, for example, improved quality of life, increased income and  productivity, reduced poverty, better infrastructure, health, education etc.  In 1970 the rural population accounts for about 73 % of total population and steadily declined to 38% in 2000, 25.7 % in 2015 and is anticipated to decline further to 22.8 % in 2020 and 20.4 % 9n 2025.  Average gross monthly household income of the rural population is less than half of the urban population.  The continued decline of the rural population has given rise to issues of out-migration, aging, shortage of labour, social problems especially drug abuse, land fragmentation, lack of employment amongst youth, dependency on government etc. 

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Going beyond Science and Policy to Action(Science to Action, S2A): UTM-LCAR Organised 1st. Pasir Gudang Low Carbon Society / Green Smart City Focus Group Discussion (FGD)

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, UTM Johor Bahru organised the1stPasirGudang Low Carbon Society / Green Smart City Focus Group Discussion (FGD) involving key departmental officials from Majlis Perbandaran PasirGudang (MPPG) on the 10th March 2015. The half day FGD held at the Convention Hall B12, Faculty of Built Environment was attended by a highly committed team of 26MPPG Heads of Departments and officials led by the Yang Dipertua (YDP) of MPPG, Y.Bhg. Encik Md. Za’nal Bin Hj. Misran and the SetiausahaMajlis, Y.Bhg. En. Saipol Rahman Bin Hj. Ahmad.

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BRT will ease traffic in Iskandar Malaysia

The Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to be introduced in Iskandar Malaysia in the immediate future is expected to not only stimulate the economy but will ease the traffic conditions in Iskandar Malaysia. A senior lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (UTM), Dr. Muhammad Zaly Shah in an interview with Utusan Malaysia reported, with the BRT, it is certain that Iskandar Malaysia will continue to attract and be the focus of local and foreign investors. 

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