The once-thriving port city of Malacca exemplifies Southeast Asia's historic centres that have evolved with centuries of trade, migration and exchange; where contact between East and West has built unique communities and cultural environments. Manifest in Malacca's architecture, people, trades, customs and religions are myriad influences that span over 600 years. The city's surviving heritage environment is thus an invaluable cultural resource. Yet, like that of many other historic centres in Asia, Malacca's heritage is increasingly at risk from development pressures and the effects of mass tourism. Traditional communities and trades have been displaced, heritage architecture has been destroyed by insensitive new building and the commercialization of the city's cultural assets has eroded authenticity. This book is the culmination of a collaborative effort between Portuguese architect Fernando Jorge and Malaysian architect Lim Huck Chin. Between 1999 and 2005, the authors documented Malacca's heritage architecture and communities through photographs and over 150 interviews. Research was also carried out in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, The Hague, London and Lisbon. At the core of the project, however, was an interest in Malacca's stories from the "man-in-the-street", from marginalized historical communities and from the city's sometimes unrecognized but precious built fabric. Within the pages of this book are these stories, complemented by 200 colour photographs. Together they present a compelling account of Malacca's past and present.
Malacca Voices from the Street
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AuthorsLim Huck Chin; Fernando Jorge