10th August 2017 | The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur |
TRANSFORMING CITIES : DESIGN, NATURE & HUMAN LIVES
The 21st Century is a century of cities. Already more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and according to the United nations, by 2050 this is expected to reach 66 percent, when 2.5 billion people will be added to urban populations. Cities are laboratories for innovation. It is in our cities where what’s best about our country – innovative ideas, entrepreneurship, and social dynamism – are incubated, implemented, and elevated to the broader national consciousness.
Cities across the globe are swelling, compounding social and environmental sustainability challenges. Cities face challenges with how to cope with more people flocking in search of social and economic opportunities. While today’s cities are designed around the automobile, a majority of the citizens cannot afford their own cars – hence the need to address public transportation options. Cities impact on our lives – the way we live, move, think, work and play.
There is no denying that the future of our country is urban. Already, 71 percent of the nation’s population lived in cities in 2010, and it is projected that 80 percent of our population or 27.3 million people will be living in cities by 2025. The unprecedented growth in urban population will mean that the right strategies and actions need to be in place if we are to have cities and towns that cater to the needs of the people. Cities and towns in Malaysia will have to meet up with the people’s basic needs and expectations and offer a high quality of life for all citizens.
Hence cities have to reinvent themselves and rethink policies that leads to solutions toward millennial challenges. This conference is an opportunity to learn of city transformation that is pertinent to address current and future challenges. By looking at various successful experiences locally and internationally, Malaysian urban managers, policy makers, professionals and the community can leapfrog into the appropriate, effective and appropriate actions, learning from the past and expediting solutions for the future.