KUALA LUMPUR, July 19, 2021: The rapid urbanization of our cities certainly forces many city stakeholders to stop occasionally to take stock of what has been achieved so far while keeping an eye on the future.

With one of the highest rates of urbanization in Asia, Malaysia is certainly a worthy subject of study for urban planners, given its ranking of 54 out of 194 countries surveyed recently, where its urbanization has estimated at 77.2%, with a growth margin of 88% by 2050.

For citizens and planners, increasing urbanization brings with it a host of challenges, such as environmental degradation, rising inequality, unsatisfactory public health, other than governance structures resulting in unsatisfactory outcomes caused by overlapping or gaps.

This year is a good time to see where Malaysia stands, especially as it is the 100th year since the introduction of formal town planning in Malaysia. For history buffs, Charles Compton Reade was appointed as the first government planner of the Federated Malay States in 1921.

Rethinking urban planning

Modern urban planning is not an easy task given the large number of actors involved in urban planning, design, development and management. For example, several government agencies are working on smart cities, with each city or municipality having different priorities, budgets, and capabilities.

To bring everyone together on the same page, the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and Nextdor Property Communications, with support from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT), PLANMalaysia (Federal Department of Land Planning) and the Commonwealth Association of Planners (CAP) will jointly showcase and celebrate our past, recognize the current challenges facing our cities and prepare for the future at City Expo Malaysia 2021.

This is an exhibition that will draw attention to the importance of better urban planning and give our visitors and exhibitors the platform to share ideas and solutions to address the most pressing issues facing facing our cities in order to present good planning practices and solutions for sustainable development.

As a fully online event with a single entry point, CEM 2021 will bring together multiple stakeholders to share ideas and solutions to city challenges in the first and largest virtual exhibition on urban planning and development. development in Malaysia.

The activities surrounding the virtual event will last for a month, starting on World Town Planning Day on November 8, followed by five days of exchanges and conferences.

This busy schedule includes events such as the National Planning Congress, Young Planners Forum, Commonwealth Planners Association Awards, ASEAN Placemaker Awards 2021 and Mayors Forum.

An event open to the whole world for free to discover, experience and learn more about urban planning

According to MIP Chairman, TPr Datin Hajjah Noraida Saludin, anyone can meaningfully participate in a public exhibition that aims to educate and inform Malaysians and a wider global audience about the importance of urban planning and development. .

“This inaugural event is timely as we hope to draw public attention to the importance of good town planning and its impact on urban development, the progress we have made over the years since 1921 and the challenges our cities face today and what we can expect in the future,” said Noraida.

“The Covid-19 pandemic, while affecting lives and livelihoods, has also impacted cities and caused many to rethink the use of urban spaces in future planning and development,” added Imran Clyde, Director of Nextdor Property Communications, the co-host of CEM 2021.

On a deeper level, as the first locally organized exhibition on urban planning and development, CEM 2021 offers participants from Malaysia and around the world the opportunity to share their concerns, ideas and engage with stakeholders from various sectors related to our cities.

The exhibition includes 16 urban planning themes – Smart City, Compact City, Walkable City, People Orientated City, Transit Oriented Development, Green City, Healthy City, Liveable City, Dynamic City, Smart/Green Mobility, Low Carbon City, Eco City , Resilient City, Smart/Green Infrastructure, Mixed-Use Development and Placemaking – which are currently being embraced in various forms or styles by city managers across the country. This is the perfect space to explain what these concepts are and their impact on our citizens and businesses.

Noraida added: “The exhibition component presents solutions, whether from a technological or other point of view, related to sustainable urban development and new urban concepts in line with the New Urban Agenda and the International Guidelines on Sustainable Development. “urban and territorial planning”.

The exhibition, on the theme 100 years serving our citiesexplores current policies and issues in urban planning and large-scale urbanization, infrastructure development, and strategies for coping with rapid urbanization without neglecting the preservation of heritage and culture.

Call for participation

Beyond the 30-day virtual exhibition, a number of side events will take place, including an international conference which will see the participation of leading professionals from a cross section of professions related to urban management and development. from the public and private sectors of Malaysia and the region, said Clyde.

The invitation to participate is open to government agencies, private companies, city planners, developers, technology companies and non-profit organizations to secure virtual booths at CEM 2021 to share how their products, services, ideas and solutions can contribute to better cities. for everyone.

“With this in mind, we are calling on businesses to join us and showcase their solutions for urban development in presentations that will examine best practices, inclusivity and sustainability to improve the resilience of our cities” , added Clyde.

Visit www.cityexpomalaysia.com or call +6017 402 5316 for details.

This content is provided by Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd.

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