- Innovative solutions sponsored by Lafarge to build the 100-metre walkway
- Walkway features mural imprints by over 366 students from 19 countries
21 July 2014, Kuala Lumpur - Lafarge Malaysia Berhad ("Lafarge") and Malaysian Institute of Architects ("Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia - PAM") today opened the "ARCASIA Walk" at Padang Merbok, Kuala Lumpur. The Director General of Kuala Lumpur City Hall, YBhg. Datuk Hj Mhd Amin Nordin Abd. Aziz, officiated the walkway which was sponsored by Lafarge using its materials and solutions. The colourful walkway feature mural imprints by 366 architectural students from 19 countries who participated in the ARCASIA Student Jamboree 2014 ("Student Jamboree") held in Kuala Lumpur from 23 to 29 June 2014.
Bradley Mulroney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge said, "We chose to rebuild this 100-metre walkway at Padang Merbok as it is frequently used by the public for sporting activities. We used Hydromedia, our porous concrete, which is perfect for walkways as it prevents pooling of water, making it safe and pleasant for all users."
The new walkway is built from a combination of Hydromedia, a porous concrete pavement solution which channels rain water through the pavement and hence, eliminates pooling of water at the surface making it safer for the people using the walkway, and Artevia which is a durable and low maintenance floor solution to make a beautiful walkway. Artevia comes in a variety of colours which reflects the "Colours of Harmony" theme of the Student Jamboree.
The students were in Malaysia for a week-long ARCASIA Student Jamboree 2014 which was held in conjunction with the 16th Asian Congress of Architects (ACA16) conference. The mural imprint activity was to commemorate the jamboree and it allowed the students to explore their creativity and inculcate teamwork amongst the participants.
Ar Tan Pei Ing, President of ARCASIA 2013-2014 said, "PAM and Lafarge worked together on this activity as we are committed to architectural design excellence, and this is one of the platforms to let students think out-of-the-box, to explore new canvases and materials and have fun.
"We are also appreciative of Kuala Lumpur City Hall for giving us the location and their support given during the planning of the activity," she added.
This is the second major collaboration between Lafarge and PAM. Last year, the two organisations held the inaugural PAM-Lafarge Architecture Student Competition with the aim of inspiring the future architects of tomorrow to come up with innovative and sustainable designs for affordable housing.
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About Lafarge Malaysia Berhad
Lafarge Malaysia Berhad is a major player of the Malaysian construction industry, contributing towards building better cities. Its solutions provide cities and townships with more housing, making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful and better connected. Headquartered in the Klang Valley, Lafarge Malaysia has a network of facilities that include three integrated cement plants in Langkawi, Kanthan and Rawang, a grinding station in Pasir Gudang, more than 30 ready-mixed concrete batching plants and 6 aggregate quarries throughout Peninsular Malaysia.
Lafarge Malaysia is listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia and is a parent of a group of companies in Malaysia and Singapore.
Additional information is available at www.lafarge.com.my
About Lafarge Group
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 64,000 people in 62 countries, and posted sales of €15.2 billion in 2013. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world's leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity.
More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com
About Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM)
PAM (PERTUBUHAN AKITEK MALAYSIA-MALAYSIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS) is a Non-Profit Organization (NGO), the premier Malaysian association for Malaysian Architects which has approximately 5,500 members - members of PAM are architects and includes those with additional expertise as interior designers, property developers, and builders. PAM, being the national association for architects in Malaysia, who are also city and country planners, hold regular unique events: Exhibitions, Talks, and Architectural Design Competitions to discover and groom young creative talents, award Scholarships to deserving architecture students as well as hold the monthly Architect-Meet-The-Public Session.
The monthly Architect-Meet-The-Public Session is a free public service by PAM to help members of the public who may need advice regarding property and housing matters. It is part of PAM's community programme and contribution to communities and individuals who wish to have a one-to-one appointment to meet an Architect. Representatives from ACEM (Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia) will also be present to answer related queries at this session. PAM Membership offers many benefits, including business networking and learning opportunities in continuous professional development that support career advancement. Despite being busy with their own business and practices, PAM members are nevertheless also actively engaged in CSR and voluntary community activities locally and internationally. PAM wishes to brand new architect talents and outstanding architectural designs in Malaysia and the world to inspire others.
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