WCSC 2015 urban regeneration through smart partnerships

World class speakers from the United States, Sweden and Spain, globally renowned for their innovative ideas and excellent achievements in urban regeneration will engage an expected audience of 600 participants, consisting of professionals, developers, City Managers, and members of the public that include representatives of Residents’ Associations from Kuala Lumpur.

This annual conference is co-organized by the Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (REHDA KL), the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP), and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).

The WCSC series first began in 2009 and is now in its seventh year. It is organized to bring together ideas and best practices on what makes cities sustainable places to live and work in, as well as to increase the awareness of our city dwellers and other stakeholders on what makes a city great. The conference is unique as it brings together all stakeholders of the city. Besides developers, planners and architects, through Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) endorsement and support, City Authorities and officials, and representatives from Residents’ Associations throughout Kuala Lumpur will also attend as participants in the conference.

“We are extremely grateful that our Honorable Mayor, Y. Bhg. Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal bin Hj. Talib, and City Hall of Kuala Lumpur, have had the vision and foresight to endorse and support WCSC over the years. Foreign participants also find this format truly unique, where city officials, industry professionals, and city dwellers come together in a collaborative approach to envision the future of our cities,” explained Datuk N.K. Tong, Organizing Chairman of WCSC 2015 from REHDA KL.

WCSC’s from past years have focused on various topics, including the transformation of Cheongyecheon River in Seoul, Korea, the city transportation solutions for Curitiba, Brazil, the metamorphosis of Kaohsiung, Taiwan from an industrial polluter to an ecological tourist hub and demonstrating that liveable cities are creative and competitive. This year, WCSC 2015 will focus on the theme of “Urban Regeneration Through Smart Partnerships”.

The line-up of speakers include: Mr. Stephen Luoni, Director of the University of Arkansas Community Design Center, Arkansas, U.S.A.; Mr. Sascha Haselmayer, Chief Executive Officer of CityMart, Barcelona, Spain; and Ms. Catarina Rolfsdotter-Jansson, Journalist, Moderator and Innovator from Malmo, Sweden.

“We have searched across the globe for world class ideas and speakers to share an impactful day with us. There are also Master Classes that will be conducted in smaller groups on a separate day, led by our esteemed speakers, to delve into greater details on the opportunities for the future urban regeneration of Kuala Lumpur,” added Puan Khairiah Talha from MIP.

In previous years, WCSC conference speakers have had an influential impact in shifting public perceptions to the Kuala Lumpur project that followed. The Cheongyecheon River restoration was a great prelude to the Kuala Lumpur River of Life project, the Curitiba experience in transforming the city’s buses and MRT, and pedestrianization projects that include covered walkway systems to make cities for the people.

“We are especially excited this year, as WCSC 2015 is on the official agenda of the ASEAN Mayors/Governors Meeting (MGM), and Mayors and city officials from all neighbouring ASEAN cities have been invited to attend. It is a great opportunity for Kuala Lumpur to showcase and lead the way in urban regeneration within ASEAN,” shared Ar. Sarizal Yusman Yusoff from PAM.

In conjunction with WCSC 2015, a Photography Competition was launched at the press conference themed “Urban Regeneration Through Smart Partnerships”. The public is invited to share varied and interesting perspectives on how they view their city’s life and soul.

For latest updates or to download this year’s conference flyer and registration form, including the competition flyer, kindly visit www.wcsckl.com or call Mr. Soon Teck Giap (WCSC 2015 Conference Secretariat) at Tel: 603-7803 2978 or email at stg@rehda.com / kul@rehda.com / wcsckl@gmail.com

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