This program aims to provide an in depth understanding on urban issue. This is because New Spirit workbase of Master in Architecture is the unit which focuses on urban rejuvenation especially in city area. In general, this program is expected to help students especially those who are pursuing urban design to implement this knowledge onto their studio projects as well as to understand the school of thought for urban studies between UTM and UiTM as one of the most ideal medium in acquiring information in architectural field.



  • To share knowledge on the urban study between the university.
  • To encourage participation of students in each of the activities organized by the architecture studio and student associations.
  • To share Space Syntax as a pioneer software in developing urban studies and analysis.


The event is a collaboration between UTM Skudai and UiTM Puncak Alam by student of urban workbase from respective university. The event is organize by 14 student which assist the visitor school and the participant from other various workbase under architecture wing of UTM. The event is initiate by the studiomaster Dr. Sharifah Salwa Syed Mahdzar (Urban: New Spirit ).


Phase 1 : Introduction presentation by Dr Sharifah S S Mahdzar and Ar Chan
The event started off with a welcoming speech given by Ar. Chan Wai Lai to address attendees including the lecturer and fellow students from UiTM. Fellow lecturers and guests were introduced and warmly received with applause from the audience. It is then followed by an introductory presentation by Dr. Sharifah Mahdzar sharing about the urban design approach taken by the master students in UTM. The presentation briefly explains about how the urban workbase in UTM is conducted with insights on the different phases of the approach, such as site analysis, design conceptualization and so on. This presentation provides a basic understanding for the students of UiTM regarding the urban workbase in UTM and how they can take reference from these methods of studies for their own research purposes. It also serves as an opening for the urban studies sharing session.

Phase 2: presentation by Dr Sharifah S S Mahdzar on Segget Forum
The sharing session started with Oh Beloved Death and Life of Johor Segget River by Dr. Sharifah Mahdzar. The introduction was mainly focussed on the city centre and to introduce the main key feature of the city which is the Segget River. Segget originally came from the word Sea-gate, but it had been localized to Segget by the Johorean. Dr Sharifah explained the findings through space syntax in way to introduce the software as a tool for urban study to the students. Space Syntax helps to visualize some criteria that could be taken into design consideration. Numbers of questions arose from UiTM students as they are choosing Johor Bahru city as their urban study site for this year. Some were very intrigued and excited to know more regarding Space Syntax tools. They also shared and discussed some information and findings that they managed to get during the three days study.




Great Segget Forum was held in Johor Bahru, at Sungai Segget (the famous historical river of Johor Bahru) on 21st Aug 2017. The event was organised in conjunction with ‘N30N’ The National Students Architectural Workshop 2017, a collaboration of event between UTM Department of Architecture, Johor Bahru Municipality (MBJB), Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and Malaysian Institute of Architects  (PAM). This community-led initiative was conducted by Dr Sharifah S S Mahdzar from UTM, for the final engagement with IRDA, which is lead by Maimunah Jaafar, Head of Planning and Compliance.

Featuring “Goreng Pisang Session” (‘a discourse session with Banana Fritters’), is a platform through which informal discourses among academicians, professionals, authorities, and the public can be made possible for them to voice out opinions and comments, to give input for the future and better development of our beloved and prestigious Sungai Segget, ‘the heart of Johor Bahru City” – where the initial life of the city began.

Aiming to bring back the soul of Sungai Segget as one of the major tourist destinations of Johor, the IRDA’s proposed plan optimises road design to allow 60% pedestrian and 40% vehicular access which generates more economic activities to attract visitors and encourage landowners to develop their businesses in line with the project.  The forum has allowed IRDA to engage public directly to get their feed backs on the design of the landscapes in the rehabilitation process of Sungai Segget which will commence in early year 2018.

Overall, the operation of Great Segget Forum was a successful event managed with much dedication and tireless help by UTM students and the organising committee by the workshop director Amirul Hakim Jamil, who is a PhD candidate at UTM. Despite the shorthanded of manpower and constraint budget, the event was well executed.

In the realm of built environment and urban design, it is hoped that the students have learned and acquired some new knowledge about the research and its importance. The forum event indirectly have given some hands on experience to the students after all the short exercises they have had to undertake in the operation of the research by doing some primary observation of people, together with the compilation of the analysis materials they did for the final presentation.

My words to the students after the event ; “Bravo team, and especially to David Nee and An Qi for the last round we had had in my office the night before. I know it very well that we, architects would be at our best in the last seconds!!! Corina Lim, I don’t think I need to mention much here, your commitment and responsibility in the final execution of the event is magnificent” ( Dr Sharifah, 2017)

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Segget Updates: Community Based Design Landscape


Kg Padu Johor Bahru Community Research 2016


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, in collaboration with Northumbria University, UK has organized a public and research program in 3rd September 2016, As part of the activity for the research, both organizations are conducting a social service activity. Outreach itself is defined as an effort to bring services or information to people where they live or spend time and an organization’s involvement with or activity in the community, especially in the context of social welfare. The research aimed to develop a community-based eco-tourism program as socio-economy regeneration architectural scheme at Kg Padu Johor Bahru. 

In this shelter project for Kampung Padu Johor Bahru, students and researchers are required to do some survey to Houses at Kampung Padu including knowing how and in what environment the Residence live in, how the society managed to establish a village initially and also measuring The perimeter and the layout of the house.

The theme for this social service is “experiencing cultural settlement in the body of the city”. The social service aims to showcase the very best of the architectural solution to develop the slump area becoming a livable cultural settlement for tourism product. The first of all the objectives of this project is identifying the uniqueness of relation between people and its environment. Secondly, this project is needed in developing laboratory site for low-income population housing models. Finally, the project’s objective is to formalize the area for cultural program host by a residence incorporated with the experienced youth club.


Trip to Architecture Exhibition NUS 2016

For this outreach program, UTM architecture students visited the Architectural Exhibition by National University of Singapore in URA, Singapore. Thus, the students inspiringly commuted cross to singapore to attent to the event. NUS City Exhibition is the annual showcase of engaging design schemes frum NUS Architecture School. Writing near the end of the first century B.C.E, Roman Architect Vitruvius Pollio identified three elements necessary for a well-designed building: firmitas (firmness), utilitas (utility), and venustas (delight). All architecture aspire towards delight – to bring to those who admire, utilise or inhabit it. Architects, in turn, learn to take delight in the act of creation, solution or intervention. With this exhibition we hope to inspire architects, students, parents and friends alike to delight in architecture and be delighted by it.

Sungai Danga, Johor Bahru Community Program

UTM Architecture Department in collaboration with Persatuan Belia Nakhoda, a Non Governmental Organisation have organized a Community Work Program at Sungai Danga, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The event was held on Saturday, 27th February 2016 in conjuction with The Ecotourism day of Sg Danga Village. Promoting the ecoturism value of village, “Kampung Sungai Danga”. sharing session with local teenagers of Sungai Danga. Estabilishing community work need more participation from the villagers community, academician and athourities. Community work can mean a range of things: being involved in local or neighbourhood groups or associations. Furthermore, The government of Johor has allocated some budget for major restoration and revitalisation works of Sungai Danga coharently to part of the development of the Iskandar metropolice.