Urbanice Malaysia, a Centre of Excellence under the Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT), today (3 July) launched the inaugural Malaysia 100YC (Year Cities) programme.
Officiated by UN Habitat Executive Director, Her Excellency Dato' Maimunah Mohd Sharif and witnessed by Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government (KPKT) Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Mary Wong Lai Lin, the programme encourages local universities to reimagine what Malaysian future cities will look like and share their ideas, solutions and concepts to address the challenges of future urban living. This includes attracting ideas, best practices and case studies from professional bodies and industry leaders in the areas of technology, architecture and town planning.
The Malaysia 100YC programme, inspired and adapted from the Malaysia Biennial 100YC programme, is a collaboration between Urbanice Malaysia, Think City and the Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd.
Six topics have been identified under the Malaysia 100YC programme as key focus areas covering innovative technologies, green open spaces, urban mobility, affordable living, community governance and smart infrastructure.
Speaking at the launch, Norliza Hashim, Chief Executive of Urbanice Malaysia said "the Malaysia 100YC programme is in line with Malaysia's aspiration to advocate, promote and implement projects in support of the New Urban Agenda (NUA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
"We are also keen to increase the momentum generated amongst Malaysians from our successful hosting of the World Urban Forum 9 earlier this yearâ€.
The Malaysia 100YC programme will run till February 2019 with workshops and special studio sessions taking place throughout before culminating in an exhibition.
Hamdan Abdul Majeed, Managing Director of Think City also added that technology is moving at a frantic pace, changing the way people interact with each other and the spaces around them.
"One of our main aims from this collaborative programme is to guide our city planners and managers to better meet the current and future demands of our cities and its citizensâ€, he said.
City councils were also urged to participate in the Malaysia 100YC programme and share their own challenges and aspirations so that participants will be able to provide greater local context to their solutions and ideas.
Imran Clyde, founder of the Malaysia Biennial 100YC programme said "crowdsourcing ideas and solutions for future cities is an innovative way to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration. By visualizing ideal future cities, we are also able to create a foundation towards realizing those futures and this can be done by creating or promoting the right incentives or policiesâ€.
The event also hosted an Urban CafÃ© Session entitled â€˜Urbanization and Community Development' which saw local experts deliberate on how rising urbanization is placing a strain on city and environmental resources as well as what urban communities can do to address these scenarios.
The NUA is a framework that guides efforts around urbanization and development such as local fiscal systems, urban planning and basic services and infrastructure to ensure sustainable development. The SDGs focus on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
"UN projections indicate that Malaysia will have an urbanization rate of 85% by 2040, by which time Malaysia's population is expected to hit 41.5 million people. We must be prepared and start planning nowâ€ Norliza concluded.