It's time for our fourth Poskod Talks! This time, we're bringing the talks to the suburbs -- both in terms of theme and location. Come and talk to us this Saturday!
Join us at Chatime in Bandar Puteri Puchong for an evening of discussion, questions, answers, and more questions.
The theme of our talks will be “Rejuvenating Suburbs“. Suburbs have traditionally been residential neighbourhoods, existing as part of a city but generally removed from the bustle of the inner city — a place you go home after a long day at work. Do neighbourhoods play a role beyond merely residential areas — more importantly, can they?
POSKOD TALKS talks to individuals from a mix of neighbourhoods in Kuala Lumpur who are working on projects that attempt to change the landscape of suburbia.
1. ILI FARHANA NORHAYAT, Program Director, National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI), studied Fine Arts at UiTM. Since 2003, she has been actively involved in independent arts events (Nothatbalai) and various NGOs (Sisters in Islam, Suaram). An independent researcher/writer focusing on engagement of arts, community and activism in building a much more democratic citizen, her passion and interest is also on urban-gardening (permaculture) looking at the aspect how community gardening can improve communities towards more sustainable living.
2. SURESH GREGORY MARTIN, security consultant. In a time where neighbourhoods oft opt to outsource safety to private security companies, it is an ironic delight for a security consultant in Damansara Kim to revive and lead a neighborhood watch in SS20 Southern Zone. While the SS20 Rukun Tetangga has been in existence for the past 20 years, this is the first neighbourhood to implement Community Policing successfully.
3. NANI KAHAR, architect, is well known in the arts circuit having initiated two vibrant arts spaces within a retail environment: The Annexe Gallery @ Central Market and MAP @ Publika. An architect by training, Nani Kahar’s latest project, Publika, is a new mixed-use development that includes a platform that seeks the engagement of fine art, popular culture and activism.
4. NG SEKSAN, landscape architect / principal of Seksan Design, has over 24 years of experience and numerous projects under his belt. 67 Tempinis, his office also houses a gallery/open space for community and arts events. The recent talk about town is his Sekeping Retreats project, consisting of guesthouses with a clever interplay between architecture, nature and space. Seksan is also an avid urban activist, from speaking out on tree pollarding to organising a weekly cycling group in Bangsar.