Date: 8 September 2016
Company Names: Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (REHDA KL), Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM)
The 8th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities 2016 (WCSC 2016) gathered distinguished international speakers at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur o
n 8 September 2016. Since it started in 2009, WCSC was organised to bring together ideas and best practices on what makes cities sustainable places to live and work in.
This year’s theme of City Spaces, Public Places was chosen by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), with the objective of increasing public places in the city of Kuala Lumpur through alternate initiatives such as private-public partnerships that collaborate with and engage the residents and end-users of Kuala Lumpur, thus creating meaningful and sustainable enhancements to the city.
World-class speakers from the United States, Australia, Singapore and Malaysia shared their innovative ideas in contemporary planning issues as well as managing public spaces. There were about 500 participants who attended this conference, including built-environment industry professionals, property developers, city managers and members of the public.
In conjunction with WCSC 2016, winners of the Photography and Essays Competitions were announced during the opening ceremony, where the public shared varied and interesting perspectives on how they viewed their city’s life and soul.
DBKL and WCSC initiated the Best Public Spaces Recognition together for the first time, where the public voted for their favourite park in Kuala Lumpur. Four public parks were selected, namely Perdana Botanical Gardens, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Dataran Merdeka and Taman KLCC.
For the second year in a row, WCSC also organised the Young People’s Lab 2016 (YPL 2016) on 5 September 2016, where youths from different backgrounds came together in groups and worked towards a common goal to envision what they would see as their future cities.
This annual conference was jointly organised by Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (REHDA KL), Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), together with the official support and endorsement of DBKL.