Downtown KL to host first ever World Urban Forum Village

Dubbed as a living laboratory , the World Urban Forum 9 (WUF9) Village will highlight regeneration efforts in the historic core of Kuala Lumpur into a lively, vibrant place.

A collaborative effort. From left: Dr Neil Khor, programme director; Hamdan Abdul Majeed; Norzaini Noordin, senior deputy director, Implementation and Building Maintenance department, KL City Hall; Norliza Hashim of Urbanice Malaysia; and Lee Jia Ping of Think City

A collaborative effort by WUF9 local organiser Urbanice, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Think City, the WUF9 Village will be hosted at Medan Pasar and 2 Hang Kasturi.

“We hope to enliven the WUF9 experience with a series of activities that include an experiment in communal living to be presented as an installation,” said Think City executive director Hamdan Abdul Majeed.

One of the micro houses being installed at Medan Pasar

Other WUF9 Village events and activities will take place within the 2 Hang Kasturi heritage building. These include a social enterprise market hall, a co-working space, an interactive exhibition on Liveability and a sensory urban experience, as well as screenings of award-winning documentaries by Malaysian directors.

Visitors will be able to see other regeneration projects throughout the vicinity, including parklets, a reimagined bus stop and a mural painting activity.

“Think City’s aim through the WUF9 Village is to highlight the potential of Downtown KL through these regeneration projects and to seek public feedback and the people’s support,” Hamdan added.

Urbanice Malaysia’s chief executive Norliza Hashim explaining the focus of this year’s WUF

This will be the first time an urban village concept is being introduced alongside the UN-Habitat’s main WUF9 event at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from 7-13 February 2018. (Register online today!)

WUF9 is the world’s premier conference on urban issues. The ninth session, themed Cities 2030, Cities for All: Implementing the New Urban Agenda, will focus on the achieving Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. — Construction+ Online

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