Towards shaping future smart cities and empowering better lifestyles for tomorrow
Kuala Lumpur, 13 October 2017 – Against the backdrop of the National Innovation and Creative Economy 2017 (NICE 2017) expo, a smart city forum was held to investigate the challenges and opportunities present for future smart cities in Malaysia. Themed “Shaping Smart Cities and Future Lifestyles”, the forum addressed several key themes that city builders, planners and managers need to address such as financing models, legal considerations, infrastructure needs, inclusiveness and planning constraints to ensure Malaysia’s current cities transform into smart cities.
From left: Ms. Anne Lourdes (Nextdor Property Communications), Mr. Imran Clyde (Nextdor Property Communications), Mr. John Low (Roland Berger), Mr. Jefri Clyde (Garis Architects & AJC Planning Consultants), Pn. Azizah Ali (Microsoft Malaysia), Mr. Kumar Tharmalingam (AREA Management), Mr. Joel Goh (Think City), and Sr. Khaidzir Abdul Rasip (Iskandar Regional Development Authority)
In his opening address Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation said that research and planning for future cities is necessary to address the challenges of urbanization and other disruptive global forces such as in the areas of technology, commerce, knowledge and mobility as cities impact the lives of millions of people.
Tangau said, “Advances in science, technology and innovation have the potential to change existing industries and create new ones. These include urban manufacturing, renewable energy projects within cities, autonomous vehicles, the widespread use of drones and robots, the Internet of Things, the use of advanced building materials and construction methods, virtual and augmented reality as well as artificial intelligence”.
The forum, which saw 300 participants including property developers, students, academia, professionals, representatives of local councils as well as members of the public, showcased the many opportunities for smart cities to improve the quality of life for urban residents.
Imran Clyde, co-founder of the Malaysia Biennial 100YC said “As municipal bodies in Malaysia formulate their strategies for the coming years to address greater urbanization, we should recognize that technology will be a key consideration in how to better manage our cities. Through events such as this forum, we hope that the property development industry and policymakers will learn from the expertise of each other and explore the latest technologies.”
Supporting partners for the Malaysia Biennial 100YC include Iskandar Regional Development Authority, Think City, United World Infrastructure (UWI) and Focus Malaysia. Forum partners are Roland Berger, the StarProperty.my, Construction+ magazine and Moma water.
Malaysia Biennial 100YC: Medini 2017 sets out to design a vision for the 100 year development of Medini Iskandar, aiming to enrich and transform the future by envisaging its evolution by the year 2117. The program includes exhibitions, local and global workshops and online collaboration modules with leading international architecture schools, enabling global connectivity and collaboration between universities and research leaders, sharing urban and architecture outcomes under the directorship of many of the world’s innovative architects. Each school is invited to present research led insights and visions, showcase elaborate research developed by architecture schools through a collaborative online platform CORUS – a specifically developed teaching and learning online application to further opportunities for global collaboration, discussion and project reviews.
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