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The Times They Are A-Changin’

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Leon Lim
Melisa Wong

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In a rapidly changing landscape such as Kuala Lumpur our city must stay on top of the game by preserving and appreciating our unique story and heritage while redeveloping and revitalizing our modern city. Since our independence 65 years ago KL has been developing by leaps and bounds into a metropolis equal to our neighbours and is rated best city in the world to live in by expats beating 56 other cities on the list including Sydney, Singapore and Dubai according to International Poll, 2022.

Modern urban planning alongside preservation of our unique shophouses in Downtown KL provide a Storehouse of delectable untold stories and delightful facts waiting to be revealed and shared.

KLAF 2022 will be charting exciting programs for Architects, Designers, and citizens of Kuala Lumpur to discover anecdotes and reinvent our spaces for tomorrow.

Architecture is really about well-being
I think that people want to feel good in a space...
On the one hand its about shelter,
But its also about pleasure.


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Haiyuan & Hishiko – Tattoo Artists

Haiyuan came to Kuala lumpur in 2009 in search of honing his skills in tattooing under a mentor. To him, Petaling Street in Malaysia was a place for artistic trailblazers, a hotbed of opportunity - the perfect place to develop his craft and meet his future life and business partner, Hishiko. This is their story.

New in the Old: Chinatown Kuala Lumpur

Design + Architecture Travel Guide New in the Old: Chinatown Kuala Lumpur features the rich history and landmarks, alongside the adaptive reuse of old buildings, vibrant culture, and mouth-watering food of Chinatown. Kuala Lumpur, meaning muddy confluence, was where tin miners landed in 1857. Since then, the city has grown into a major conurbation, spreading […]

Story of Two Flowers and the Making of Downtown.

Britain and China, went to war over two flowers: the poppy and the camellia.” Could this actually have been the case? Were tea and opium of such great importance? Centuries ago, England’s Queen Elizabeth 1 (1558-1603) gave the East India Company a monopoly of all British trade in the Far East. That included the control […]

Kean Guan Tea Merchant, Tea Heritage in Jalan Petaling

Having taken over the business started by his grandfather 77 years ago, KC Koh represent the third generation linage, which is not common, considering the Chinese saying that a thriving business usually does not survive past the second generation.  Indeed, Koh had different ideas for a career, spending eleven years in Singapore in international shipping. […]

Purple Cane Tea House at Jalan Sultan

Purple Cane was established in 1987 with its core value revolving around tea, with outlets spotted around Peninsular Malaysia. The KLAF team met with Mr. Lim Hock Nam, the founder of Purple Cane, and Mr. Tey Tat Sing from Tetawowe Atelier, who designed the Purple Cane Tea House at Jalan Sultan, revealing their stories and […]

Old Meets New, East Meets West - Crane KL

As you approach the facade of the building where the restaurant is situated, one would immediately apprehend an intimation of its lasting history in the grand sweep of Kuala Lumpur’s history, steadfastly resistant and impervious to urbanisation. Owned by the Selangor Grocer’s Guild, the building houses one of the latest and prominent restaurant, bar and […]
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