地域デザイン研究室OGでマレーシア工科大学専任講師Dr.LEE YOKE LAIさんが1年7ヶ月ぶりに来日されたのを機に、現在の同僚の方々と地域デザイン研究室を再訪してくださいました。帰国後に改めて、現在のお仕事、今回の来日、久しぶりの研究室についてメッセージをいただきました。
Time flies, it had been a year and 7 months I left Tokyo, Japan and coming back to visit Territorial Design Unit Studies on 13 October 2017 (Friday). I am currently working as a senior lecturer in a Department of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Built Environment in the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) is located in the Southern City of Iskandar Malaysia and adjacent to a gateway that connects Singapore via a causeway bridge. Indeed, UTM is one of the five Research Public University in Malaysia which is well-known in Engineering courses and Built Environment Studies (e.g.: Urban planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Quantity Surveying, and Science Construction). For this semester, I am teaching a landscape studio namely Recreational Park Design and subject, the Landscape Construction IV. Besides teaching undergraduate students, I’m also a co-supervisor of two PhD candidates. Thus, teaching in landscape architecture field has cross multidisciplinary studies such as urban design, heritage conservation, Landscape ecological study, human behaviour study, basic landscape design, and so on.
△A view of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Johor Bahru, Skudai. Malaysia. (Photo scource: http://registrar.utm.my/bpo/publication/panduan-staf-utm/tujuan/)
The reason of having a week stay in Tokyo is to have a visit to Tokyo City University (TCU) at Todoroki Campus for an academic visit and research collaboration meeting from 16 to 18 October 2017. And yet, the main goal of my visit with my four colleagues is to study and comprehend about Denken system and heritage conservation system in Japan. In the meantime, I’m leading Heritage ‘Landscape Planning, Design and Management’ Research Group in expanding research networking and collaboration. Hence, the first meeting with Kubota sensei gave us initial notion about heritage conservation system in Japan as well as Chiyo-san had presented her paper about residents rules preservation in a case of Tsumago –Juku. My colleagues and I were glad to have this opportunity and benefits of knowledge sharing from the discussion meeting in The University of Tokyo campus. In a nutshell, we found that how to sustain by preserving and conserving a heritage or a historical site by the local community is being a challenging part. It is essentials for us to understand the Tsumago charter-voluntary roles and Denken System play roles for heritage conservation in Japan.
△Kubota sensei shared heritage conservation system and the preservation of historic buildings at Kawagoe district.
△Chiyo-san had sharing a presented about Tsumago-Juku Study.
My visit had reminiscent my Ph.D. studies and great to see the laboratory is remaining in a pleasant study atmosphere constitutes to a good study efficiency. And, I am proud of being an alumnus of Kubota sensei’s laboratory. In all, many thanks for Kubota sensei, Chiyo-san, and other lab mates provided such a warm welcome and gracious hospitality. My colleagues and I loved to visit Territorial Design Unit Studies again in coming future. I’d like to wish all laboratory members: good luck and all the best for your studies!
△End of a fruitful discussion with group photo session. (From left: LAr. LAr. / TPr. Ahmad Bin Long; Dr. Lee Yoke Lai, Ms. Chiyo Ishiyama, Kubota-sensei (Middle); Gs. Dr. Wan Yusryzal Bin Wan Ibrahim; LAr. Dr. Hamidah Ahmad; Dr. Zanariah Jasmani (from right).