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Honorable Mention 01

By - Angie Lee Xiao Fong

The Story-Teller, Bandar Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia.

Kota Tinggi, one of the most historically rich towns located in the state of Johor, Malaysia, holds many hidden stories and tales. Once being the capital of Johor, it holds many remnants of its past such as ruins, tombs, and legends. However, as Johor develops, it has forgotten the town that was once the heart of Johor.

While in a micro context, the site is located within the educational district of Kota Tinggi town. Where a deeply rooted issue with the education system of Malaysia is highlighted - a lack of creative outlet amongst the youth.

Through deconstruction of the literature and filmography of Kota Tinggi and synthesizing spatial narratives is the Story - Teller, a contrasting blend of two vastly different programs - a Library and Theatre, which represents itself as a solution to the underappreciated history and rigid education system.

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