clock 24-05-2017
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Improving the Inclusiveness of Malaysia's Cities

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of industry experts from diverse backgrounds gathered at RUANG by Think City in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to discuss on the topic of "Building Inclusive Communities”.

Organised by Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd and design studio Sufficiencyty, the roundtable discussion saw key speakers from University Putra Malaysia, AJC Planning Consultants, Think City,, Friends of Kota Damansara (FOKD) and, come together to share their views.

The event also marked the launch of a new Special Interest Group, called "Building Better Neighbourhoods”, which seeks to discuss pertinent issues related to the development and management of cities and public spaces as well as organise regular meets and events to build a platform where knowledge, ideas, strategies and plans can be shared all in the hope to build a better tomorrow.

"We are hosting this special interest group in an aim to assist city officials, planners and managers, to prepare for the challenges and opportunities posed by the growth of cities by understanding current and future social, economic and community-based issues. This way, we will be able to prepare and explore opportunities to establish a sustainable, inclusive and better living environment that benefits all levels of Malaysian society" said Imran Clyde, Executive Director of Nextdor Property Communications.

The inaugural event saw panellists covering three diverse questions. The first questions discussed the current desire to build ‘world-class' cities and how far does this include the concept of inclusiveness. Next were the possible implications of new economic models from the growth of information technology and how all levels of society could participate. The final question covered the possible future implications of the current housing gap for homes in the RM 200,000 to RM 350,000 range as well as potential solutions to address this situation.

"Big changes start with small steps and an event like this can help shape a better tomorrow. We plan to host similar events every three to four months and share our suggestions on various topics with associations, community leaders and the authorities" added Clyde.

About 30 participants were seen at the event. Participants included students, property developers, businessmen, lecturers, and members of the media.

The turnout and quality of discussion were a success and the organising team assures that this will not be the only Special Interest Group discussion. It is expected that the second roundtable discussion will cover the use and community management of public spaces.

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