Kuala Lumpur - Transforming Cities Design, Nature & Human Lives
Aug 03, 2017

Returning for its 9th year, Kuala Lumpur will be hosting the ‘International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2017 (WCSC 2017)’ to be held on Thursday, 10th August 2017 at The Royale Chulan Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With the official support and endorsement of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), this year’s 9th WCSC conference series themed ‘TRANSFORMING CITIES: DESIGN, NATURE & HUMAN LIVES’ will address and reflect on the current and future urban challenges faced in meeting the demands of an ever-increasing populous nation and achieving high-income economy status.

The 21st Century is a century of cities – Cities across the globe are swelling, compounding social and environmental sustainability challenges. Hence, cities have to transform, reinvent themselves and rethink policies that leads to solutions towards millennial challenges. Cities have become laboratories for innovation where innovative ideas, entrepreneurship and social dynamism are incubated, implemented and elevated to the broader national consciousness. The unprecedented growth in urban population will mean that the right strategies and actions need to be in place in order to have cities and towns that cater to the needs of the people towards providing a better and sustainable quality of life for all citizens.

WCSC 2017 will showcase an exciting line-up of distinguished international World-Class speakers specially brought in from Japan, Indonesia, United States of America, China and also from Malaysia, globally renowned for their innovative ideas and solutions towards present and future urban planning issues and challenges in providing a better and sustainable quality of city life.

WCSC 2017 Organizing Committee has invited 4 esteemed international speakers including Mr Takayuki Kubo, Senior Researcher, Fukuoka Asian Urban Research Center, Fukuoka, Japan; Mr Mochamad Ridwan Kamil, Mayor of Bandung, Indonesia (TBC); Mr Pascal Mittermaier, Global Managing Director-Cities of The Nature Conservancy, USA (TBC); and Professor Huang Tianqi, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning, Chongqing University, China (TBC).

These international speakers will share their knowledge and experiences with an expected participation from more than 550 delegates representing the built-environment industry professionals, City Managers, Government agencies, residents’ groups, NGO’s and city stakeholders.

With its distinctive collaboration between the 3 professional bodies representing the property developers, planners and architects, the 3 Partner Organizations are most honored to have the Honorable Mayor, Y. Bhg. Datuk Seri Hj. Mohd. Amin Nordin bin Abd. Aziz and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) continuing with its support and endorsement for this upcoming 9th WCSC series. The WCSC 2017 Organizing Committee commends DBKL for the vision and far-sightedness in supporting WCSC since its inception in year 2009.

The in-depth insight from the sharing of knowledge and experiences by past WCSC international conference speakers have had a positive and influential impact in knowledge sharing and shifting public mindsets and perceptions on the various benefits and challenges faced in becoming a World Class Sustainable and Liveable City.

Some of the major projects being implemented in Kuala Lumpur having learned and adapted from successful projects undertaken in other World-Class Cities include the transformation of Cheongyecheon River restoration in Seoul, Korea that was a great prelude to Kuala Lumpur’s River of Life project; Brazil’s Curitiba experience for its exemplary city transportation solutions; Hong Kong and Singapore’s pedestrianization projects that include covered walkway systems to make cities for the people; the metamorphosis of Kaohsiung, Taiwan from an industrial polluter to an ecological tourist hub and demonstrating that liveable cities are creative and competitive; and the Placemaking by creating and sustaining public spaces that build stronger communities; to name a few.

As part of the WCSC 2017 programme, there will be ‘MasterClass Sessions’ to be led and moderated by our esteemed speakers to study, deliberate and delve into greater attributes for the city transformation of Kuala Lumpur pertaining to the opportunities and challenges based on specific case study areas in Kuala Lumpur.

A ‘Photography Competition’ with the theme ‘Transforming Cities: Design, Nature & Human Lives’ was also launched during the press conference. This photography competition aims to capture the people, the lives, the places and the opportunities that Malaysians living in cities have … or DO NOT HAVE … places which can be better transformed into areas that enriches people’s lives. The general public is welcomed and invited to share and join in this competition with attractive prizes to be won.

For further information, kindly contact Mr. Soon Teck Giap (WCSC 2017 Conference Secretariat) at Tel: 603-7803 2978 or email at stg@rehda.com / kul@rehda.com / wcsckl@gmail.com or visitwww.wcsckl.com

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