25th September 2015 | The Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur |
URBAN REGENERATION THROUGH SMART PARTNERSHIPS
The ‘International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities’ (WCSC) series has been conceived to provide a constructive platform to enlighten, educate and change the mindsets of city stakeholders, industry players, Government agencies and general public on the key challenges faced in the planning and development of a ‘World Class City’ due to rapid urbanization and globalization.
WCSC is aimed at supporting and collaborating with Local Councils towards promoting and achieving a ‘World Class City’ status by the year 2020 as has been detailed out in Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020 and the Draft Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020.
Urban regeneration is a process to improve economical, physical, social and environmental condition of an area. It is the integrated local redevelopment of deprived areas (neighbourhood, city, metropolitan area) and covers many aspects of city life: physical, social and environmental. Approaches depend on a city’s history, and therefore policies must be integrated and area-based. The main goal of urban regeneration is to reduce disadvantages in the poorest areas by focusing on four issues: unemployment, poor health, crime and education. Other issues such as improvement to the physical environment are secondary to these main priorities. However, a number of perennial questions remain about the effectiveness of regeneration scheme. How can top-down government programmes gain the backing and involvement of local people that is usually crucial to their success? How can regeneration schemes prevent displacing problems from one area to another? How can city governments work with strategic partners to ensure the benefits of urban regeneration will be shared by all?