award-winning student. Lim Meng Yeu not only won the Gold award in the Student category of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers’ (MIID) Malaysian Interior Design Awards (MIDA) 2012, he also won the Platinum Award in the regional competition representing Malaysia.
The Student category of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers’ (MIID) Malaysian Interior Design Awards (MIDA) 2012 showcased a wealth of creativity, auguring well for the future of the interior industry
Winning Students‘ designs: The recently held Malaysian Interior Design Awards (MIDA) 2012 organised under the banner of the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID) unearthed these rich harvest of design talents from the Student category.
Impressing the judges with their candour, creativity and “can-do” spirit, the young ones showed plenty of spunk and passion for designs that can benefit society.
The jury panel members involved Professor Philip Cox who is the founding partner of Cox Architecture and a Professor of Architecture at the University of New South Wales, Australia; interior designer Francis Surjaseputra who is also the president elect for 2012–2014 representing the Indonesian Society of Interior Designers and William Harald- Wong,
principal and design director of William Harald-Wong & Associates Sdn Bhd. Yap, who is also the deputy president of MIID 2012–2014 besides being the chairman of MIID/MIDA also doubled up as the convenor for the awards.
The jury panel shared that while there were “a lot of high quality entries in most of the Design Excellence categories”, some categories lacked good submissions.” However, they all agreed that what the pool of winners had in common were the use of “high local content in their spaces, clever use of materials and good lighting amongst other qualities”.
The entries were judged based on originality, innovation, functionality, space planning, aesthetics and not forgetting, the promotion of local content.
For the Students‘ category, the judging panel was unanimous in its decision in singling out Lim Meng Yeu of KBU International College, Selangor‘s entry for its overall high quality of work although the judges also acknowledged other students from various design institutions who also shone on their own.
Lim has since gone on to garner another accolade for his unique design concept – emerging not only as the Gold Award
winner for the Interior Design category in the Nippon Paint Young Designers Award (NPYDA) 2012, but also being named the overall Platinum Award winner of the regional competition, inevitably making the nation proud.
Hope for the homeless: Lim Meng Yeu, 23, a graduate from KBU International College in Selangor who emerged as the Gold winner of the Student category of MIID’s MIDA Awards 2012 displayed a sensitivity and uncommon sensibility as seen in his design of the “Awareness Center of Humanity”.
Inspired to come up with a design that would lend a helping hand to the homeless, the interior design graduate who came up with this idea for his final year project believes in the power of design in
transforming people’s lives.
“I designed this for the homeless as I see this as a very important issue and not enough is being done to help people who need our help,” shares Lim.
“This building is a solution for the homeless in providing them with a temporary shelter. In order to help homeless people, it is not just about giving them food but to help them regain back their confidence and usefulness to society,” he says emphatically.
Speaking from the heart, Lim says he even narrowed down the location of the site for this building based on the extensive research he had conducted on his own.
“I envision the abandoned Federal Cinema on Jalan Bunga Raya in Malacca to be the existing building and the site which will be transformed into the “Awareness Center of Humanity”. When you go to
Malacca, there is a trishaw building or pedicab for trishaw drivers. This programme I believe can enable the homeless people to use their physical bodies to gain money and make them useful once again to society.
“The reason why I chose the site is that around the Malacca River area, there is a homeless issue. During the daytime, there are a lot of foreigners, but come nightfall, there are homeless people lying on the benches.” Envisioning the interiors of the building to be made of recycled materials and completed by other textured materials – bricks, concrete and recycled copper plates for the internal fixture padding figures strongly in his conceptual plan.
“The exterior walls will be made of perforated metal panels with a lot of little holes to create better air ventilation and allow more light into the building.
The major structure of the cinema needn’t be demolished with the exception of the walls,” he says.
Elaborating on why he settled for this futuristic design concept, the candid winner who walked away with a trophy and RM2,000 cash prize reveals that he wanted to create something different for his final year-end project.
“Students like to create a form following the trend. For instance, if the trend is now angular, they like to follow that. However, in my design, I do not concentrate on the form but am more concerned about the functionality aspects of the design to benefit the end user. I analyse my designs through my concept model,” he says, opting to attempt this design instead of the normally chosen subjects of other students as reflected in conceptual designs for restaurants, bars or libraries.
Lim argues that the issue of homelessness is by no means limited to those whom we usually associate with this plight such as drug or alcohol addicts, the mentally incapacitated, the abandoned, the jobless or disabled.
“Homelessness is relative. Anyone can be homeless if they fall into hard times and there is no one to help them. Even if a person
doesn’t look homeless, he or she can (actually) be homeless,” he explains.
“That’s why the contrasting concepts of reality and possibilities abound.
There’s actually a fine line between normal and abnormal.
“The building is designed to provide a temporary shelter for the homeless and counselling services are provided as part of the building programme to enable them to integrate themselves back into society. The homeless may have some financial problems or mental illness but once they undergo counselling, they get to start a new life. Design can help to transfer the message of hope for them.”
About KBU International College
KBU International College (KBU) is a private higher education institution established in 1990 by the First Nationwide Group,
owner and developer of the 1000 acres fully integrated township/commercial district of Bandar Utama. KBU has a purpose-designed, fully equipped campus with sports and recreational facilities, and located on a 13-acre site within
Bandar Utama. The famous One Utama shopping mall is also developed by the First Nationwide Group. KBU provides a safe off-campus accommodation which is just across the road. Deserving students can apply for the scholarships as well.
KBU International College will be upgraded this year and will change its name to First Nation University College. KBU’s School of Design also offers BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design (3+0), BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Furniture & Product Design, Foundation in Art & Design, Diploma in Interior Design and Diploma in Interactive Design.
Study at KBU International College
KBU International College (KBU) is a private higher education institution established in 1990 by the First Nationwide
Group, owner and developer of the 1000 acres fully integrated township/commercial district of Bandar Utama. KBU has a purpose-designed, fully equipped campus with sports and recreational facilities, and located on a 13-acre site within Bandar Utama.
Students at KBU will, therefore, receive a holistic education.
The main objective of KBU is to provide higher education opportunities to young Malaysians and foreign nationals in a wide range of academic and professional fields such as Engineering, Computing/ICT/Software Engineering, Hospitality, Tourism, Business and Art & Design. Quality education is the hallmark of KBU with the intended outcome of producing highly employable graduates in a knowledge-based economy.
In line with KBU’s mission of providing Quality Education and achieving a high level of employability of its graduates, the College collaborates with established universities in the United Kingdom to offer 3+0 degree programmes, as well as professional bodies and established examination bodies.
Quality education at KBU is further underpinned by the college’s compliance with the requirements of the
Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) and the constant monitoring carried out by the College’s very own Quality Assurance Department and KBU’s foreign university partners.
From EduSpiral’s experience, KBU offers very affordable certificate, diploma, degree and postgraduate programmes that are supported by excellent facilities. Their fees are inexpensive compared even to some shoplot colleges!
Students are definitely getting more than their worth at KBU. Scholarships are available for students who have performed well for their SPM, UEC and STPM exams.
Excellent Facilities at KBU International College
KBU International College campus has a built up area of 250,000 sq.ft. and has a comprehensive range of facilities for students. There are seven Engineering Laboratories, which are well-equipped to meet the stringent requirements of KBU International College’s Partner Universities and The Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). The engineering laboratories include the Digital Power & Control Laboratory, the Microprocessor & Electronic CAD Laboratory, Mechatronics Laboratory and Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Laboratory.
The Computer Centre maintains the campus-wide network based on the Windows platform. In the E-Info Lab, students enjoy high speed access to the Internet and its resources.
Wireless connection to the campus network has been installed and implemented. The Centre also houses the Multimedia Laboratory, Macintosh Laboratory and CAD Laboratory. There are two digital language labs equipped with 50 microcomputers installed with CD-ROM based programme-ware for English learning.
The Art & Design facilities include the Print Studio, Art & Design Studios, Photography Studio and 3D Design Studio. The Hospitality & Tourism facilities include a training restaurant, mock hotel room, food production lab and commercial kitchen. Students attend lectures in spacious lecture rooms and lecture theatres.
State-of-the-art Video Conference facilities allow students to follow lecturers from KBU foreign partner universities in UK for some programme modules.
The College has a well-stocked and ISO certified Library. It provides seats for 260 users. The Library is well-equipped with individual study spaces and discussion rooms.
It has a wide range of books, reports, periodicals, and company annual reports, covering all disciplines of study in the College. A fully-equipped multimedia room is available for students to use the CD-ROMs and other non-print materials in the Library.
Students enrolled in Nottingham Trent University or Anglia Ruskin University programmes have electronic access to the digital libraries of the respective universities. The Library has also subscribed to the Emerald online business database.
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