| Azaraimy HH |
ARCHITECTS in the Sultanate are urged to take up the challenge of promoting the national philosophy of Malay Islamic Monarchy (MIB) in their design.
Officiating the World Architecture Day 2014 and launching the ‘Built Environment Guidelines: MIB Context Volume 1’, Minister of Development, Pehin Orang Kaya Indera Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Suyoi bin Haji Osman, said architects have a role to play in building an environment that is conducive to the MIB principles and applying them to architectural design.
The minister said architects must take up the challenge to think how their design can push forward the nation’s MIB concept, not only as part of nation building but also a way of life and work.
“As Islam teaches us not to waste, it is only pertinent that our designs do not promote wastage of energy and resources either during or after construction,” the minister said.
The application of MIB in buildings and architecture was already explored in the seminar in 2013 by PUJA and MIB Supreme Council.
One of the resolutions raised was for all to realise the use of MIB architecture, which takes into account the form and design that reflects Bruneian way of life, plans of action to create architectural policies to ensure the architectural assimilation of MIB is carried out by all, and organise events that can promote MIB architecture as the most prominent form of building design in the country.
The Public Works Department (PWD), since March 2013, has started compiling information on MIB for government office layout.
There was also an effort by PWD to engage and bring awareness to students on the role of architects and MIB ideologies in design, through a design competition.
In his speech, the minister congratulated the winners and all students who took part.
He hoped that the competition provided them with valuable experience.
“I would like to encourage the students to be more inspired, open minded and to work hard to become a great designer.
“They must be aware of the global developments and issues to contribute to the country’s architecture,” the minister said.