The DATUM: KL 2012 or International Architectural Design Conference was recently held between the 6th and 7th of July 2012. The DATUM: KL 2012 was one of the sub-events that was held during the Archidex ’12 (13th International Architecture, Interior Design & Building Exhibition Malaysia) at the Plenary Hall of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.
The DATUM: KL 2012 was themed ‘Roots’ Through the Lens of Reflection which as the name implies, discussed ideas using reflections of the past to think ahead to the future. The conference looked into how the origins and reflections of how culture and traditions had defined identity of architecture in various environments as well as into the evolution of architectural design practice in this scenario. DATUM: KL 2012 is part of the PAM (Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia) 2012 Convention which involved a series of talks and discussions by prominent industry practitioners like Daniel Libeskind of Poland, David Adjaye of the United Kingdom and Andreas Gjertsen of Norway, among many others.
Takaharu Tezuka of Tezuka Architects in Japan gave his opening remarks at the Conference where he said that the fundamentals of architecture comes from the family because in order to know how to design a house for happy people, one must know how to spend quality time with the family. The company is the brainchild with his wife Yui, who is also a practicing architect. The 48 year old architect said that it is a natural progression where Tezuka Architects has in the past designed homes, schools, museums and commercial buildings including the award-winning Roof House and Fuji Kindergarten. Other speakers who were involved in DATUM: KL 2012 were Iredale Pesersen Hook of IPH Architects of Australia, Leong Yew Kook of GSD Architect, Malaysia, Li Hua from China, Jun Igarashi of Japan and Gurjit Singh Matharoo of India.