The ‘International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities’ (WCSC) is in its 11th year since conception that has so far provided a constructive platform to enlighten, educate and change the mindsets of city stakeholders, industry players, government agencies and the general public on what makes great livable and sustainable cities. This conference is organized by a tripartite collaboration between the Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Kuala Lumpur (REHDA KL), the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and the Institute of Architects Malaysia (PAM). It has the support and endorsement of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). Much of the knowledge and ideas learnt through out the years have been transcribed into real projects in the many cities in Malaysia, especially Kuala Lumpur. Pedestrianization, bicycle lanes, opening up city rivers for public spaces, greater art and design into the city are many of the initiatives that were born from the WCSC series throughout the years.

List of Keynote Paper for each WCSC year are listed below:


“Sydney 2030 – A Green, Global and Connected City”
Ms Alison Holloway, SGS Economics & Planning, Melbourne, Australia

“Riverside Development & Restoration of Cheong Gye Cheon River, Seoul, Korea”
Mr Kie-Wook Kwon, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul, Korea


“Making Public Transport the Way to Travel: Hong Kong Experience in Retrospective”
Dr Wang Liang Huew, Chairman of Ho Wang SPB Limited, Hong Kong

“Urban Solutions from the Eco-City of Curitiba, Brazil”
The Honorable Dr Luciano Ducci, Mayor of Curitiba City, Brazil


“From an Industrial Backwater to a Tourist City – the Transformation of Kaohsiung, Taiwan”
Mr Lu Wei Ping, Director-General, Urban Development Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government, Taiwan

“Southeast False Creek, Vancouver – Transforming Brownfields into an Award Winning Waterfront Development”
Mr Sebastian Moffat, President & CEO, Consensus Institute, Canada


“Cities for People”
Dr Jan Gehl, Gehl Architects, Denmark

“Bilbao Next – Regenerating Cities”
Mr Alfonso Vegara, President & CEO, Fundacion Metropoli, Spain


“Achieving Sustainability and Global Identity of Cities through Creative Developments”
Mr. Bjarke Ingels, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group

“Creative Cities are World Class Successful Cities”
Mr. Charles Landry, Founder of Comedia


“Making the City and Its Streets Places for the Community”
Mr. Fred Kent, President and Founder of Project for Public Spaces, USA

“The People Made Our City Green”
Prof Wulf Daseking, Frieburg, Germany


“Smart Partnerships in the Regeneration of Australian Cities – Making them Livable Cities”
Ms Dyan Currie, Immediate Past National President, Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and President of the Commonwealth Association of Planners

“Examples of Business Models for Urban Regeneration Initiatives”
By Mr. Sascha Haselmayer, CEO CityMart


2016                                                                                                                        “New Yorks City Public Spaces – Successful Economic and Social City Revitalization”
Mr Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, USA

“City Spaces in Urban Design – The Ties That Bind”
Prof John Byrne, Principal, Byrne Urban Design, Brisbane, Australia / Adjunct Professor, Urban Design and Architecture, Queensland University of Technology, Australia


“Integrating Nature to Make Cities Resilient & Livable”
Ms Tina Saaby, Chief Architect of Municipality of Copenhagen, Denmark
“8-80 Cities : Designing Cities for Children and The Elderly”
Mr Gil Penalosa, 8-80 Cities, Canada

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