News: World Class Sustainable Cities Is Back In September

Jul 5, 2019

The City of Kuala Lumpur returns in hosting the ‘11th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2019 (WCSC 2019)’ to be held on Thursday, 19th September 2019 at the Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. 

This 11th WCSC conference series is themed ‘NEXT: KL2040’ and will explore how Kuala Lumpur and other cities in Malaysia can prepare for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges towards becoming a World Class Sustainable and Livable City.

Kuala Lumpur is set to embark on a new journey to the future through its new KL City Plan 2020 – 2040. Having gazetted all its Statutory Plans (Structure and Local Plans) previously for development horizon until the year 2020, the re-planning for the next 20 years has started now with DBKL looking at a long-term view of its development plans and challenges from various perspectives such as demographic changes, climate change, technology disruptions and scarcity of land.

Strategies, approaches and mechanisms that will safeguard our future development needs have to be formulated carefully. Innovative and creative solutions to today’s concerns and future trends need to be put in place by City Managers and city stakeholders. Additionally, the role and participation of civil society in city planning and city administration will become crucial and significant.

WCSC conference aims to provide a constructive, inclusive and aspirational platform, as well as a strategic networking arena for City Managers, City Planners, City Architects, City Engineers, City Game-Changers and other stakeholders in the city to address how Kuala Lumpur and other cities in Malaysia should move forward into the future.

Over the past 11 years, WCSC Partner Organizations are truly gratified to have continued with efforts to educate and change public mindsets and perceptions on the benefits and challenges faced in becoming a World Class Sustainable and Livable City. The achievement of such positive initiatives and progressive results implemented in Malaysia learnt from past WCSC conference series 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 demonstrating that livable cities are creative and competitive; to name a few.

WCSC 2019 is targeting participation from more than 550 delegates representing city stakeholders from the built-environment industry professionals, City Managers, Government agencies, NGOs, Residents’ groups, academicians and others.

This year’s 1-day symposium will feature an exciting line-up of distinguished World-Class international and local speakers including panelists from Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands and Malaysia. They are globally renowned for their innovative ideas and solutions towards present and future urban planning issues and challenges in achieving the global goal of sustainable development and implementing the New Urban Agenda.

Confirmed international and local speakers include Mr. Stuart Moseley (Chief Executive Officer of Victorian Planning Authority, Melbourne, Australia) speaking on maintaining Melbourne City world-class livability; Ms. Caroline Bos (Co-Founder / Principal Urban Planner of UNStudio, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) speaking on new urban typologies; Dr. Jan Gehl (Founder & Senior Advisor of Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark) speaking on designing cities for the people; and Dr. Ceelia Leong (Spatial Analyst, Programme Manager Urban Solutions of Think City, Malaysia) speaking on Kuala Lumpur’s creative and cultural district.

Additionally as part of the WCSC 2019 programme, concurrent events and activities being organized includes two exclusive ‘MasterClass’ workshops facilitated by conference speakers, ‘Young People’s Lab’ workshop for youths and a ‘Photography Competition’ with attractive cash prizes.

WCSC is jointly organized by the 3 Partner Organizations: the Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (REHDA KL), the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP), and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).

WCSC 2019 Organizing Committee is most grateful for the official support and endorsement of the Honourable Mayor of Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) which over the past 11 years has further strengthened our strategic partnership, whilst continuing to develop and promote the city’s sustainable development goals for the future.

We are also proud to have the valuable support of Vanke Holdings (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd as the ‘Platinum Sponsor and Symposium Main Partner’ for WCSC 2019.

WCSC Organizing Committee is most grateful to all the esteemed Corporate Sponsors for your valuable support in making this international conference event possible. We most warmly welcome and encourage everyone from all public & private corporations and organizations to join us to learn, engage, create greater awareness and share best practices towards achieving the global goal of sustainable development towards implementing the New Urban Agenda for the city of Kuala Lumpur.

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