Rojak Loop aims to preserve and enhance the identity and character of Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown while providing new public space to unify a diverse population. Chinatown is a result of the city’s colonial past, and survives as a thriving, unique, and diverse neighborhood at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers where the city was founded. Rojak Loop proposes a cultural heritage trail through the neighborhood that celebrates the character of the markets, alleys, temples, and shop houses that give Chinatown its identity, while creating new public spaces to the north at Medan Pesar and to the south at a new gateway created by bridging over the highway. This proposal uses food in the public realm as a common ground that unites across social, cultural, and political boundaries.
Work completed at Harvard GSD
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Team: David Rubin, Spela Videcnik, Rok Oman