Since introducing and establishing the concept of World Class Sustainable Cities (WCSC) International Conference in 2009, this annual conference series has gained recognition and prominence among the built-environment industry professionals, City Managers, Government agencies, residents’ groups and stakeholders on the benefits and challenges faced in becoming a World Class City.
The 8th series of the ‘International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities’ (WCSC) event is themed ‘City Spaces, Public Places’ with the objectives of addressing and focusing on the benefits of greater accessibility and better public spaces that will enhance social, economic and environmental elements of the city and its livability. Urban public spaces – sidewalks, parks, squares, traditional markets, and small plazas — and how people use them – humanize cities. In the pursuit for a World Class City, the basic necessities of its citizens may be compromised due to the ever-increasing population size and spatial area, as well as economic growth.
The past seven (7) WCSC conferences, with the official endorsement and support of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), have successfully managed to educate, enlighten and create greater awareness to City Managers and all city stakeholders in this country. The engagement of World Class experts in city solutions at these WCSC conference series have seen the best practices and lessons learnt, manifested into projects to make Kuala Lumpur City, a World Class City.
WCSC has been specifically designed to showcase some of the best and successful practices and experiences from World Class Cities, as well as to provide an opportunity for conference participants to learn and better understand the efforts made within our own nation.
WCSC is also aimed at providing a constructive and aspirational platform to enlighten, educate, change the mindsets, encourage community engagement and increase the knowledge of City Administrators, city stakeholders, industry players, Government agencies and the general public to deliberate on integrated urban solutions and the key challenges faced in transforming our cities into sustainable human settlements that meets the needs of the present and enhancing that of the future. It will be a strategic platform for networking amongst professionals, city managers and citizen groups to exchange ideas, experiences and challenges.
Soon Teck Giap
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