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Malaysia’s universities to visualise a better future for cities

Launched in conjunction with the Malaysia Urban Forum 2019 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center on 18 February, the Malaysia 100YC Grand Finale Exhibition saw 11 local universities presenting their ideas and urban solution for Malaysia cities 100 years from now

Six topics have been identified under the Malaysia 100YC programme as key focus areas covering innovative technologies, green open spaces, urban mobility, affordable living, community governance and smart infrastructure.

Participating universities include Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM), Taylor’s University, Harriot Watt University and University of Reading Malaysia.

The exhibition was officiated by UN Habitat Executive Director, Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif and Ketua Setiausaha of Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Bin Mentek.

Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Bin Mentek, Ketua Setiausaha KPT said: “There is no such thing as (a) definite equation of a smart city, every city has their own definition.

“Through this programme and event, we can promote more ideas, especially to promote smart cities in Malaysia itself.”

Speaking at the launch, Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif hopes to see some Malaysia context in the upcoming Climate Change Summit in New York and to see at least one Malaysia city to stand proudly on the global world on the United Nation platform.

Besides encouraging student to reimagine Malaysia future cities, Malaysia 100YC programme also aims to promote knowledge sharing. Throughout the programme, students had the opportunity to engaged and interact with local and international key industry leaders, designers and urbanist through a series of workshops and special studio sessions, to help them understand and address urbanisation challenges.

The Malaysia 100YC is a programme inspired and adapted from the Malaysia Biennial 100YC programme, and a collaboration between Urbanice Malaysia, Think City and the Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd. — Construction+ Online

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