CONFERENCE SYNOPSIS & THEME
Since introducing and establishing the concept of ‘World Class Sustainable Cities (WCSC) International Conference’ in 2009, this annual conference series has gained recognition and prominence among the built-environment industry professionals, City Managers, Government agencies, residents’ groups and stakeholders on the benefits and challenges faced in becoming a World Class Sustainable and Liveable City.
The 13th series of the ‘International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities’ (WCSC) event is aptly themed ‘KL2040: Towards A Liveable Urban Future’. This year’s WCSC will focus and explore on how and what proactive steps need to be taken for cities to be a ‘Resilient, Sustainable & Liveable City’ in achieving a better quality of life in the areas of social inclusiveness, affordability, housing, accessibility, mobility, health, education, safety & security, vibrant public spaces and reducing carbon emissions to meet the impacts of global climate change.
UN Habitat’s programme for Urban Resilience is the ability of any urban system to withstand and recover quickly from the impact of all plausible hazards, and maintain continuity of functions. Its objectives are to provide national and local governments with reliable tools for assessing and improving the resilience of cities to multi-hazard impacts, including those related to climate change, and improving the basis upon which decision making in urban planning, development and governance are made. Thus, a resilient urban system needs to be inclusive, adaptable and persistent in order to make cities more inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, while recognizing that it will take time to ensure a better and safer future for all citizens.
Further to that, Kuala Lumpur is also set to embark on an important planning policy direction through its new Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2040. Moving forward, Kuala Lumpur and other major cities will need to plan and prepare a comprehensive blueprint to face challenges resulting from the new normal in terms of climate change, technology disruptions, demographic changes, to name a few in order to continue building a resilient urban future with a good quality of life for its people.
With the official support and endorsement of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), this 13th WCSC series will be a constructive, inclusive and aspirational platform for City Managers, city game-changers, city planners, city architects, city engineers and everyone in the city to address how Kuala Lumpur should move forward.
The past twelve (12) WCSC conferences, with the official endorsement and support of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), have successfully managed to educate, enlighten and create greater awareness to City Managers and all city stakeholders in this country. The engagement of World Class experts in city solutions at these WCSC conference series have seen the best practices and lessons learnt, manifested into projects to make Kuala Lumpur City, a World Class City. WCSC series is an inclusive and constructive platform for city stakeholders, city managers, game-changers, planners, architects, engineers and residents in the city to address the twin challenges of livability and sustainability, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships.
WCSC has been specifically designed to showcase some of the best and successful practices and experiences from World Class Cities, as well as to provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn and better understand the efforts made within our own nation. WCSC is also aimed at providing a constructive platform to enlighten, educate, change the mindsets, encourage community engagement and increase the knowledge of City Administrators, city stakeholders, industry players, Government agencies and the general public to deliberate on integrated urban solutions and the key challenges faced in transforming our cities into sustainable human settlements that meets the needs of the present and enhancing that of the future. It will be a strategic platform for networking amongst professionals, city managers and citizen groups to exchange ideas, experiences and challenges.
OBJECTIVES OF THE CONFERENCE
- To further enlighten, educate and change the mindsets of city stakeholders, industry players, Government agencies, Residents’ Association, NGO’s and general public on the key challenges and issues faced in promoting and achieving a ‘World Class City’ status;
- To learn and review available solutions, international best practices and experiences in the overall planning and development for the successful implementation of World Class Sustainable Cities; and
- To study the latest developments, innovations and ideas that have been implemented or practiced by other World Class Sustainable Cities and its possible applicability to Malaysia’s situation.
More than 600 conference delegates are expected from the following areas:-
- Mayors, Councilors and senior officers from various cities, municipalities, Government agencies, NGOs, Residents Associations (RAs), and the private and public sectors;
- Researchers, academicians and specialists in the fields of urban planning and development, education, social studies and welfare;
- Industry professionals, international organizations, and public and private institutions i.e. Property Developers & Building Managers, Real Estate Investors, Town Planners, Architects, Engineers, Landscape Architects, Valuers, Academicians and others; and
- Private corporations, students and other stakeholders.
- Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur) (REHDA KL) www.rehda.com
- Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) www.mip.org.my
- Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) www.pam.org.my
ENDORSED AND SUPPORTED BY
- Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Malaysia www.dbkl.gov.my
VENUE AND DATE
- 13 – 14 September 2022 (Tuesday – Wednesday).
- Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
- WCSC 2022 Conference website: www.wcsckl.com
THE SYMPOSIUM ORGANISERS & PARTNER
REAL ESTATE & HOUSING DEVELOPERS’ ASSOCIATION MALAYSIA (REHDA), FEDERAL TERRITORIES (KUALA LUMPUR)
Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (REHDA) Federal Territories (Kuala Lumpur) Branch [REHDA Wilayah Persekutuan (K.L.) Branch] is the primary representative body for property developers and real estate owners in the Federal Territories of Malaysia. The 3 Federal Territories comprise the Federal Capital – Kuala Lumpur, the Federal Government Administrative Capital – Putrajaya and the International Offshore Financial Centre – Labuan.
REHDA W.P. Kuala Lumpur is well-established and recognized as the leading voice for real estate developers and building owners in all property categories, from traditional housing projects to condominiums, townships, towering commercial complexes, shopping malls, golf courses, hospitals, theme parks and industrial estates.
REHDA W.P. Kuala Lumpur plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the industry’s views relating to the property sector are represented and heard at the relevant Federal and Local Authorities levels. It is highly respected by both the public and private sectors for its commitment to nation building and promoting sustainable development for a better quality of life, and in contributing towards making Kuala Lumpur achieve its vision of becoming a World Class City status by the year 2020.
MALAYSIAN INSTITUTE OF PLANNERS
The Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP), was founded in 1972 with permanent headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. MIP is the national body representing planning professionals. Its primary focus is on the promotion of Town Planning, supports its development and serves the public interest of the Malaysian communities. It does this primarily by ensuring the existence of a body of professional planners with the appropriate knowledge, training and skills to promote the advancement of town planning in Malaysia. It has over 1000 members consisting of town planners who work at state and local planning authorities, government agencies, as town planning consultants, lecturers in universities, or as planners for developers, financial institutions and various organizations with planning and development role.
The institute promotes quality built environment, cultural significance and economic sustainability to achieve quality of life and create vibrant communities. The institute continuously looks for opportunities to work with partners from the global regions to promote its members (whom are town planners) to provide services globally, to promote best practices and the Malaysian capability and expertise.
MALAYSIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) – Malaysian Institute of Architects – is the national professional institute representing architects in Malaysia. PAM was founded in 1920 as the Institute of Architects Malaya. In 1948, the name and, consequently, the Constitution was changed to the Federation of Malaya Society of Architects (FMSA), which was allied to the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Another name change to reflect national sovereignty and registration under the current name came about when PAM was registered with the Registrar of Societies on 20 January 1967.
The mission statement of the Institute is “To promote the advancement of architecture and the architectural profession for the betterment of society”. The Institute provides a framework for its members to operate effectively: to do, run and get the business of architecture within the Code of Conduct and Scale of Fees. The primary objectives of the Institute are to promote and enlarge knowledge, study and practice of architecture; to provide a central organization for architecture; to assist and advise Governments, Local Authorities, or other private or public bodies; to promote friendly interaction and discourse amongst Architects; to obtain and disseminate among the Members, information on matters affecting the profession; and to preserve and to maintain the integrity and status of the profession.
THE SYMPOSIUM PARTNER
KUALA LUMPUR CITY HALL
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur) (DBKL) is responsible for performing its local government obligations namely, city planning / transportation and traffic management / economic development / street lighting / river and drainage maintenance / construction and maintenance of public housing / provision of public facilities / cultural and sporting activities / environmental protection / disaster prevention / public works / public cleanliness / public health / parks administration.
With a total area of 243.65 sq km and a city population of 1.78 million, urban planning in Kuala Lumpur is guided by the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2020. The plan contains the vision, goals, policies and proposals to guide the development of Kuala Lumpur over the next 20 years. Kuala Lumpur City Hall envisions Kuala Lumpur to be a world class city by 2020. The vision and goal of Kuala Lumpur has been formulated with the aim of creating a sustainable city.
Kuala Lumpur’s birth started as a small tin mining town not more than 150 years ago, where tin was discovered and a settlement was established at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers. The town prospered and grew in importance under the British Colonial administration. On independence in 1957, Kuala Lumpur became the seat of the Federal Government and the location of the headquarters of Ministries and Federal Departments. In 1972, Kuala Lumpur was raised as city status where City Hall was established. Kuala Lumpur was declared a Federal Territory on 1st February 1974.
Kuala Lumpur is known as the “Garden City of Lights”. The City is rich with its abundant flora and fauna. The buildings are nestled amongst green trees and shrubs especially along major roads and are being well-lighted up at night. It is a blend of modern architectural buildings with landmarks like the Petronas Twin Towers in KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre), the Kuala Lumpur Tower at Bukit Nenas area and KL Sentral at Brickfields and colonial architectural touch like the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station.