Urban Residency: Meet our Mentors

25 May 2013

Two days left for you to send in your application for Urban Residency!

Since April, our team at #BetterCities has seeked consultation from different experts and institutions to get a better understanding of George Town. We have also selected mentors with a level expertise and empathy towards community-centered approaches to urban design and planning. Throughout the duration of Urban Residency, selected participants will be working with our mentors to propose, design and produce a project that will improve a selected site in George Town, Penang.

Curious who the mentors you will be working with if you are selected for our pilot programme? Meet our Urban Residency mentors.

Mentor #1: Lia Tostes, Urbanist/Architect

Lia is an architect and urbanist from Brasilia, Brazil, who has just finished her Masters at the University of Tokyo, Japan. She currently lives in Kuala Lumpur and is a collaborator of #BetterCities. In August 2012, her project MyOwnOsaka was selected, with the prize of MYR15,000, to be part of the Osaka Canvas 2012, an important Japanese public art festival. MyOwnOsaka was an outcome of her research on grassroots urban interventions.

For her thesis, Lia profiled 75 case studies, in which city dwellers, seeking to tackle urban issues, undertake projects in urban spaces. The movement named Mend-Yourself-Urbanism (codenamed M.Y.URBANISM) was recently presented at Urban Popcultures Conference in Prague.

Mentor #2: Hui Ping, Architect/Lecturer

Trained as an architect, Hui Ping received her Bachelor degree locally from University of Malaya and a Master degree from Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

Currently, she is residing in PetalingJaya and operates under her newly set-up design office, Rekacipta HUiS. She also lectures part time at the Design Studios of Department of Architecture, University Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Apart from being passionate about designing and teaching, she is also attracted to issues pertaining to her immediate physical environment – in short the City. Recently, she won first prize in a national open idea competition for her community project entitled The Back Lane Project. Through this and perhaps more of such initiatives, she hopes to see more and more Malaysians claiming and occupying the public space.


Download the application form here.

For more information or media inquiries, please contact us at hello@betterciti.es.

Urban Residency is a #BetterCities’ pilot project in George Town, Penang,
supported by the Embassy of Finland, Malaysia and in partnership with George Town World Heritage Inc (GTWHI) and George Town Festival. The project will take place during George Town Festival 2013 between 10 – 16 June 2013.