As beautiful and bustling KL is, the capital city can also be scary & intimidating place for many. Providing a helping hand to explore the undiscovered gems and stories from in and around the greater valley is I Love KL, the show that brings you closer to the people and places of our beloved capital.
Safehouse is a multipurpose space nestled in Kuala Lumpur that aims to provide refuge for creative talents within our local community. From hosting live music events to workshops, the brand aspires to contribute to the growth of the art scene in Malaysia. Founded by five passionate individuals, Safehouse had its fair share of hurdles to keep the brand afloat during the pandemic. We speak to Alisya Fairuz, co-founder of Safehouse to gain insight on the current art scene, goals of the initiative, and plans of action to move forward.
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Hotels and the city of Kuala Lumpur have had a unique relationship since the 1900s. Apart from providing temporary accommodation for people who are in town for a short visit, hotels also contributed to the growth of our city. Besides the glitz and glamour surrounding hotels, what really takes place behind the scenes of running one? Hanley Chew, CEO of S P A C E Hospitality and author of Hotel Tales, shares some insights on what it takes to be a hotelier, how are hotels coping with low occupancy due to the restrictions, and what should be done, moving forward.
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Old Shophouses - Romanticised Legacy?
Once upon a time, old shophouses played a crucial role in providing the people in the city with a place to trade and a place to live in, all under one roof. They were very practical for its time, but as these shophouses are slowly being replaced with more practical and modern buildings, do they still have a place in our city? Elizabeth Cardosa joins us to answer the question.
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Getting to Know Fatah Dan Farah
Fatah Dan Farah is a new webcomic series by Projek Dialog that tries to tackle inter-community engagements and issues in a more youth-friendly way. We speak to writer Faisal Tehrani and artist Arif Rafhan Othman about their journey in creating the webcomic, as well as their hopes and expectations for it.
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Kuala Lumpur Notable Buildings
Recently, our resident heritage conservation expert, Elizabeth Cardosa found a list of Kuala Lumpur Notable Buildings by Pertubuhan Arkitek Malaysia (PAM) that was published in the 70s. Based on her discovery, we sit down to reflect on the fate of some of the buildings listed there, and the addition that can be made if it’s updated today.
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Urban Design After The Pandemic
What are some of the lessons learned by the city as it went through the pandemic? Can these lessons be retrofitted to our existing city design, or should they be implemented in our upcoming city design moving forward? Shuhana Shamsuddin, President of PEREKA BANDAR weighs in on the subject.
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