December 24th, 2011
October 27th, 2006
The Jalan Dang Wangi (Campbell Road) neighbourhood.
This collection of recent photos is taken in the areas surrounding Jalan Dang Wangi, Yap Ah Shak, Kemunting, Doraisamy and Raja Abdullah in Kuala Lumpur. The new urban development drive is turning this place into what is now a fashionable â€œHeritage Rowâ€.
In business terms, it is turning this location from a common ordinary place to live and bring up family into a speculative real estate site. This just means that it is now too expensive to live here. Many of the premises have been converted to themed bars and restaurants catering for the new rich urbanites.
The architecture here is mostly two storey row shophouses or townshouse and were built in the 1930s and 40s. This was when the then Malaya was prosperous with tin and rubber. These structures were built with great understanding of the tropical climatic conditions. To keep off the sun it has high ceiling and thick brick party-walls. To keep off the rain it has generous roof eves and verandahs. To collect the wind it has air wells. All these elements come together to create a constant cross ventilation throughout the houses. These are sustainable building technologies which did not required high energy consuming devices like the air conditioners.