This 3-storey Art Deco building was built in 1937 and designed by Arthur Oakley Coltman, an English architect based in Malaya and responsible for several other buildings peppered within the historic core. It was first built as the headquarters for the Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited.
Today it is a vibrant, creative and cultural community space that hosts many memorable events.
In 2016, Think City opened a multi-purpose community space on the 2nd floor of 2HK to encourage a wider variety of community activities to take place as well as provide a space for the local community to connect through workshops, seminars, exhibitions and more.
In conjunction with World Urban Forum 9, 2 Hang Kasturi will be fully activated with a wide range of events such as a social enterprise market, exhibitions, cafes, talks and award-winning documentaries.
This building is located at 2 Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur.
MaGic and Air Asia Foundation join forces to offer 2HK visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with local and regional social enterprises under their wing.
The marketplace will feature a wide range of local and regional crafts and products that have been handmade by artisans that come from disadvantaged backgrounds, but are taking the opportunity to improve their family’s livelihood through entrepreneurship and hard work.
Included are a wide range of organic or otherwise sustainably sourced raw materials, and all are of limited production, guaranteeing buyers a unique gift to take back home.
To find out more about their offerings, click here: TC Facebook page
A partnership between Think City, MaGIC and Remote Year, this pop-up co-working space illustrates that adaptive reuse of older commercial buildings can be done cost effectively. Pop-ups like this, done as an interim measure while the building finds a permanent long-term use, maximise the use of the city’s resources.
MaGIC and Remote Year are building a network of co-working spaces across Malaysia that will be linked through technology, creating an environment that provides interaction between a diverse group of users, enabling greater creativity and more productivity. These co-working spaces aim to attract digital nomads – numbering around 15,000 in Southeast Asia – that bring with them fresh ideas and through the interaction with local users can spur innovation.
Think City in partnership with global consultancy Arcadis have produced City Indices that look at the liveability of some of Malaysia’s key cities from a liveability perspective. Unique to this study is the inclusion of a perception survey, which has been used to identify how residents of each city rate the liveability of five core themes of urban life – Work, Live, Play, Environment and Governance.
The exhibition is interactive, providing a fun opportunity for those visiting to provide feedback about their own city, test their knowledge about city living and suggest improvements that they would like to see in cities around the world.
From humble beginnings as a grant-making agency based in George Town in 2009, this walkthrough exhibition showcases how Think City has evolved into an established urban regeneration organisation and how partnerships with different tiers of communities, experts and stakeholders have been a driving force in the organisation’s success.
Take a breather at the top most level of 2 Hang Kasturi. Talks, performances and award-winning documentaries will be screened followed by Q&A sessions with the respective directors.
Please download the full programme here.
Operation Sumatran Rhino
Duration: 44 minutes
Operation Sumatran Rhino is an award-winning wildlife conservation documentary which showcases the Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA) in their do or die mission to save Malaysia’s critically endangered Sumatran rhino – there are less than 100 of them remaining in the world, with just a few left in Malaysia. This show documents BORA’s incredible quest to find all remaining Sumatran rhinos in the rainforests of Sabah and breed them before it’s too late – a critical operation that’s charged with emotion, danger, tragedy and hope.
Heart of Taiko
Duration: 48 minutes
“Heart of Taiko” tells a compelling story of personal transformation set against the backdrop of Japan’s picturesque Ishikawa prefecture. Three Malaysian teenagers are pushed to their limits in a turbulent quest to reach higher levels of musical artistry, in the birthplace of taiko. This thought provoking documentary offers a rare glimpse into the dedication required by an ancient art form that is the very essence of Japan.
Road To Nationhood: Journey to Independence
Duration: (50 minutes x 2)
Road to Nationhood is a 2-part historical documentary film that traces Malaya’s journey to gain independence and the formation of Malaysia which features unseen archive and footage from the past, relived through advanced and cutting edge visual effects (VFX). The documentary’s main focus – to account untold stories of the founding fathers such as Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Tun Tan Cheng Lock, Tun V.T. Sambanthan and Mr. Lee Kuan Yew as told by close associates, family and friends. The film chronicles the period from 1941 to 1957.
Road To Nationhood: Formation of Malaysia
Duration: (48 minutes x 2)
Road to Nationhood: Formation of Malaysia is a 2-part historical documentary film that traces journey to form the Federation of Malaysia by merging Singapore, North Borneo, Sarawak and the Federation of Malaya which features unseen archive and footage from the past, relived through advanced and cutting edge visual effects (VFX). The documentary’s main focus – to account untold stories of the founding fathers such as Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Lee Kuan Yew, Tun V.T. Sambanthan, Dato’ Abdul Razak and Tun Tan Siew Sin as told by close associates, family and friends. The film chronicles the period from 1957 to 1965.