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Learning from World Class Sustainable Cities

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Text : Eunice Ng

A full turnout at the WCSC 2010.

We have always been awed by stunning cities, other cities of other countries in fact. But before great cities became, they have gone through a series of change and challenges to be where they are today.

The 3rd International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities (WCSC) 2011 on Sept 20 will unravel the tale of two cities. It will be about their journey towards redevelopment and renewal of land.

Wan Hashimi Albakri, Organizing Chairman of WCSC 2011 reveals what the conference is about and what Malaysia can learn in light of the government Economic Transformation Program (ETP).

What’s the theme to this year’s conference?

Transforming Cities: From Vision to Implementation.

This year’s WCSC 2011 is all about city transformation. Brownfield redevelopment will be a key feature to inspire stakeholders of this city to innovate and to emulate these fine examples of World Class Cities.

With the Government’s ETP plans, such redevelopment is very much on the agenda. We believe WCSC 2011 will once again lead the way with new ideas, aspirations and inspiration.

What are the aims of this event?

Global challenges and the ensuing economic competitiveness, as well as issues of climate change, have forced cities to re-think their growth strategies. City Transformation has been a successful growth strategy in many cities. It is not just to provide settlements to live, work and play but to also address the twin challenge of mitigating climate change.

The WCSC conference is aimed at providing a constructive platform to enlighten and educate city stakeholders, industry players, government agencies and the general public on the key challenges faced in transforming our cities into sustainable human settlements.

What are the major and interesting highlights?

It will feature two globally renowned cities – Kaohsiung City, Taiwan and Vancouver, Canada.

The stunning transformation of Kaohsiung City will be the highlight of this year’s conference. Kaohsiung provides an excellent model on how it has been successfully transformed from a very highly polluted city to a low carbon city. It is today a city surrounded by greenery and it receives a high number of tourists.

We will also hear about the transformation of brownfield developments, with a case study of Southeast False Creek, Vancouver.

In light of the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley River of Life project, the experiences of cities such as Vancouver leave a lot to be learnt from.

What is the anticipated number of participants to the event?

Targeted 500 people.

Who are your target participants?

Mayors, councilors and senior officers from various cities, municipalities, relevant Government agencies, NGOs, Residents Associations (RAs), property developers, building managers, real estate investors, town planners, architects, engineers, valuers, academicians, students and
other stakeholders.

How will they benefit from this conference?

The conference has been specifically designed to showcase some of the best and successful practices and experiences from World Class Cities. In that, participants will also be updated with the efforts made within our own nation.

The WCSC will be a strategic platform for networking among professionals, city managers and citizen groups to exchange ideas, experiences and challenges towards transforming Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley and the whole nation into a world-class high-income nation by the year 2020.

3rd International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2011 (WCSC 2011)

When? Sept 20, 2011
Where? Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Highlights
Feature of two renowned cities of Kaohsiung City, Taiwan and Vancouver, Canada on the transformation of their city.

Past WCSC Conferences
WCSC 2009
Featured the Riverside Development & Restoration of Cheong-Gyecheon River in Seoul, Korea and the Green, Global & Connected City in Sydney, Australia.

WCSC 2010
Featured the mass transit revolution in Curitiba, Brazil and Hong Kong’s experience in making public transport the way to travel.

Joint Organizers
Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA) Wilayah Persekutuan (Kuala Lumpur) Branch, Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).