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Cities for People at WCSC 2012

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Dato’ Raja Nong Chik bin Dato’ Raja Zainal Abidin, Minister of Federal Territories & Urban Well Being.

N.K. Tong, WCSC2012 Co-Organizing Committee Chairman for REHDA K.L.

More than 450 participants at WCSC 2012


Kuala Lumpur once again hosted the 4th installment of the International World Class Sustainable Cities Conference series (WCSC 2012) on the 25th September 2012 featuring global best practices in city transformation at the JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Co-organized by the Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Wilayah Persekutuan (Kuala Lumpur) (REHDA K.L.), the Malaysia Institute of planners (MIP) and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), and endorsed by Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), WCSC 2012 was themed “Cities for People” and focused on the transformation of cities in relation to the impact and benefits to their inhabitants.

“The WCSC series of conferences have been incredibly timely over the past four years as Kuala Lumpur itself is undergoing a transformation through the embarkation of the Greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley initiative, as one of the key Economic Transformation Programme under the National Key Economic Area. Kuala Lumpur is also taking its future course of development, focusing on economic, social, cultural and environment aspect as stipulated in the Kuala Lumpur City Plan 2020.

Through the sharing of best practices from across the world, all the stakeholders at this conference aspire to make Kuala Lumpur as one of the most livable cities in the region, and the world,” said N.K. Tong, WCSC2012 Co-Organizing Committee Chairman for REHDA K.L.

The theme for this year’s conference, ‘Cities for People’, comes at an apt time. The lessons learnt from our keynote speakers, Dr Jan Gehl of Gehl Architects, Denmark and Alfonso Vegara of Fundacion Metropoli, Spain will be invaluable as Kuala Lumpur rolls out its initiative such as the MRT and River of Life projects, and seeks to rejuvenate parts of the city.”

In conjunction with WCSC 2012, there were also a Photography Competition and an Essay Competition, also themed “Cities for People”. WCSC 2012 Co-Organizing Committee for PAM, AR.

Saifuddin Ahmad said, “This Photography Competition hopes to inspire city dwellers and see their vision of this city through their eyes. Now in its second year, the standard of photography continues to rise.

The Essay Competition, targeted at tertiary students, is being held for the first time, and we have had encouraging responses on the students’ perspectives of Cities for People.”

Y.B. Dato’ Raja Nong Chik bin Dato’ Raja Zainal Abidin, Minister of Federal Territories & Urban Well Being officiated and presented prizes to the winners of the Photo and Essay Competitions during the Opening Ceremony.

On Kuala Lumpur being a world class sustainable city, Dato’ Raja Nong Chik noted that the city still has a lot of green land compared to other cities and that there are many more areas in KL that still can be developed. “However, it must be a win-win situation for all stakeholders including the residents involved,” he said.