World-class speakers to talk on creating better cities

Rehda,-WCSC,-River-of-Life,-projects,-impact,PETALING JAYA: The International Conference on World-Class Sustainable Cities (WCSC) will be back for the ninth time this August with a line-up of international speakers.

Kuala Lumpur Rehda deputy chairman Chan Kin Meng said WCSC 2017 will see world-class speakers from the US, Japan, Indonesia and China share their experiences and knowledge.

They will present innovative ideas and solutions for present and future urban planning issues and challenges to provide a better quality of city life.

They include Japan Fukuoka Asian Uban Research Center senior researcher Takayuki Kubo; Bandung mayor Mochamad Ridwan Kamil and global managing director for Cities at The Nature Conservancy, Pascal Mittermaier.

“They will share with us their journey in creating and transforming cities to be ranked best around the world,” Chan said at a press conference at Rehda headquarters today.

He said cities have to transform, reinvent themselves and rethink policies to meet millenial challenges.

“Cities have to become laboratories for innovation where innovative ideas, entrepreneurship and social dynamism can be incubated.”

He said the in-depth insight from the sharing of knowledge and experiences by past WCSC international conference speakers had a positive and influential impact on Malaysia.

“WCSC past conferences have had an impact in shifting public mindsets and perceptions on the benefits of becoming a world-class sustainable and liveable city,” he said.

The impact can be seen in some of the major projects being implemented in Kuala Lumpur. They were adapted from successful projects undertaken in other world-class cities.

“The Cheongyecheon River restoration in Seoul, South Korea, was a great prelude to Kuala Lumpur’s River of Life project,” Chan said.

WCSC 2017 is expecting participation from more than 550 delegates, representing built-environment industry professionals, city managers, government agencies and residents’ groups.

The annual conference is co-organised by the Federal Territories KL Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (Rehda KL), the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM).