KUALA LUMPUR HOSTS THE 10TH WCSC, ADDRESSES URBAN PRESSURE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH
The International Conference on World Sustainable Class Cities (WCSC 2018) returned to Kuala Lumpur recently, once again exploring challenges and potential solutions to our ever-changing urban landscape, and how we can approach the future with liveability and sustainability in mind.
Held at the InterContinental Hotel KL on Sept 27, this year’s WCSC conference was themed “Kuala Lumpur: Today and Beyond”, and it was organised with the official support and endorsement of KL City Hall (DBKL).
WCSC conferences typically provides a platform and a forum to discuss issues such as the continuous pressures and challenges cities the world over face as a result of economic growth, expanding population and stronger competitive climate. In the face of this, cities are also under pressure to offer better urban environments, lifestyle quality, better connectivity and affordable living options that are conducive for its citizens.
At the recent WCSC, it was pointed out that some of the challenges cities such as KL face is the need to find balance between providing sustainable infrastructure and bridging the affordability gap that exists in a hot spot that is consistently experiencing migration and population growth.
Those who were invited to speak at the conference championed the necessity of “reinvention”, noting that cities would have to reimagine and rethink plans and policies in order bring about innovative solutions for the future. This, they say, is a “global goal” as the population of the earth is becoming irreversibly urbanised.
Speakers at the conference included an eminent international line-up from countries such as Italy, The United States, South Korea and Singapore, who brought a variety of perspectives – though they shared a common thread in the need to achieve liveability, resilience, inclusiveness and sustainability through effective planning, technology and social innovation.
Also championing the New Urban Agenda, were well known local personalities such as the Malaysian Minister of Territories Tuan Haji Khalid Samad, Khazanah Research Institute director Dr Suraya Ismail, and Former Real Estate and Housing Developers Association president Datuk Jeffrey Ng.
Attending the event were more than 500 delegates representing the building industry, town and city planners, government agencies, representatives from residential bodies, NGOs and various other city stakeholders.
In a statement, organisers of the WCSC said that the conference proud of its achievements over the last 10 years since its inception in 2009.
“The initiatives and positive results derived from the insights and lessons learnt from past WCSC international conferences speakers have manifested and been successfully implemented in Kuala Lumpur and other cities,” WCSC said.
This includes the transformation of Cheongyecheon River in Seoul, South Korea, exemplary transportation solutions implemented in Curitiba, Brazil, and pedestrianisation projects in Hong Kong and Singapore, among others.
WCSC was created to provide a constructive platform to educate and engage all stakeholders on the benefits, as well as the challenges, of attaining a World Class City status. The conferences are specifically designed to showcase the best and successful practices being implemented throughout the world.