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Friday, October 1, 2010

Curitiba picked as model city for KL

The Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) has picked Brazil's Curitiba as a model city for Kuala Lumpur to emulate.

Curitiba is a pioneer in urban solutions whose model has inspired urban planning for cities worldwide. It is also one of the richest cities and a regional hub for trade and services in Brazil.

"The reason why we choose Curitiba is because the city has a very modest background and all its programmes are inter-linked with one another," said Norliza Hashim, MIP president 2009/2011 and chairman of international affairs committee.

She was speaking to reporters after announcing MIP is organising the second International World Class Sustainable Cities conferencee (WCSC 2010) scheduled to be held on October 19.

Themed "Going for Growth, Engaging the People", the conference aims to provide a constructive plattform to enlighten, educate and change the mindsets of city stakeholders - industry players, government agencies and public - on the key challenges faced in the planning and development of a "world-class city".

Norliza said one of the biggest challenges in town/city development is public transportation.

"Kuala Lumpur, in particular, is facing significant issues with people's mobility within the city," she said.

Norliza said the proper knowledge and collective understanding gained from the conference will provide clearer direction and help facilitate the coordination of all the strategic planning towards public transport solutions.

Among others, the conference seeks to promote awareness on the benefits of the high usage of public transport and offer the participants insights, options, strategies, policies and the possibilities that can be applied to address planning and implementation of a sustainable public transportation system.

The event is also supported by the Malaysian Institute of Architects, Real Estate and Housing Developers' Association Malaysia and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall.

By Business Times

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