HUMANISING CITIES: As we become more urbanised in our quest to become a developed nation by 2020, along the way, like many other cities worldwide, we lose a bit of our humanity. This is where sustainable urban planning becomes critical in order to refocus our attention on creating streetscapes friendly to people living in urbanised environments. Hence, the theme “Cities for People” in the upcoming conference on sustainable cities scheduled for 25 September 2012.
In its fourth year, the international “World Class Sustainable Cities Conference (WCSC 2012) will be featuring two award-winning urban planners from two cities renowned for their liveability and transformation – Copenhagen, Denmark and Bilbao, Spain.
Dr Jan Gehl and Alfonso Vegara will share respectively on “Cities for People” and “Bilbao Next – Regenerating Cities”. Gehl will draw on his rich experience transforming cities such as New York, London as well as cities in Australia and New Zealand. Vegara, a Spaniard, meanwhile will illustrate the transformative work that the city of Bilbao has undertaken.
Co-organised by Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association of Malaysia (REHDA) Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) together with the endorsement of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), WCSC 2012 will be held in Kuala Lumpur and expects to attract 500 participants including government officials, professionals and developers.