Making developed cities more liveable

BY WONG PEK MEI

WCSC 2016 organising chairman Chan Kin Meng said world-class speakers from the US, Australia and Singapore will share their experiences in helping to regain the human aspects of their cities as they develop them over the years.

This includes New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, New York, commissioner Mitchell J Silver; Urban Sustainability – Melbourne City Council manager Ian Shears, and Singapore Institute of Planners (SIP) president Evlyn W.Y. Cheong.

“They will share with us their journey in creating and transforming cities to be ranked best around the world.

“This year, WCSC 2016 will focus on the theme of City Spaces, Public Space.

“We are expecting another successful turnout. The topic was chosen by Kuala Lumpur City Hall for the conference,” Chan said during a press conference recently.

He said as rapid urbanisation and growth takes place, people tend to get disconnected with development encroaching into public and greens spaces.

“So, it is timely that Kuala Lumpur works towards livable and sustainable city status, we also look at aspects other than pure growth and development.”

He said the topic of public spaces was overlooked in modernised cities.

“There are always public spaces, parks, and walkways that tend to take a backseat as we tend to design wonderful landscapes,” he said.

In conjunction with WCSC 2016, a photography competition and an essay competition was launched at the press conference.

“The public is invited to share varied and interesting perspective on how they view their city’s life and soul,” he said.

The annual conference is co-organised by the Federal Territories KL Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (Rehda KL), the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).

For details and to sign up for the conference, visit www.wsckl.com