Urban Transformation in a Malaysian Context

Tengku Dato' Ab Aziz Tengku Mahmud
Chief Executive Officer
PNB Merdeka Ventures SDN Berhad, Kuala Lumpur

Using the example of the Warisan Merdeka Development, this presentation considered the many facets of large urban development within a Malaysian context. These developments can achieve balance and transform aspects of a city at multiple levels. Specific examples reinforced public spaces, pedestrian connectivity, public infrastructure, and connections with other precincts. Social responsibility was explored through specific examples of sustainable design using available modern technology. A new focus on the historic nature of the precinct and preservation that resulted from the project was rationalized, and cases for adaptive reuse were made. Concepts included improving precinct value, secondary economic benefits, and opportunities for the gentrification of surrounding city elements. Green developments with megatall towers can positively transform the urban fabric of a city. With a socially minded and forward-thinking developer, improvements can benefit not only the project, but also the surrounding neighborhoods. The challenges of creating a mixed-use project, sited within the historic fabric of a rapidly-growing metropolis with strong cultural influences and future-forward aspirations, were confirmed.

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