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Sustainable city for the future
Jointly issued by Malaysian Institute of Planners and 1MDB |
Six vying to design Bandar Malaysia |
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 May 2012: Bandar Malaysia is set to have the most innovative urban solutions for liveability in a new ecosystem of harmony between people, buildings, traffic and nature.
International designers are also passionate about Malaysia’s sustainable city for the future to have grey and green infrastructure, sustainable housing and environment and urban bio-diversity.
These are among the concepts by international and local designers shortlisted as finalists in the Bandar Malaysia International Design Competition to select the best Master Plan for the new sustainable city.
Six top local and global talents vying for the spot as Master Planner for the sustainable city are (in alphabetical order):
• AECOM, Hong Kong and Focus Architects and Urban Planners Sdn Bhd, Malaysia;
• BroadwayMalyan, Singapore;
• DPZ Asia and PAG Consult Sdn Bhd, Malaysia;
• Gensler, UK and AJM Planning and Urban Design Group, Malaysia;
• IZM Consult, Malaysia; and
• T.R. Hamzah & Yeang Sdn Bhd and Llewelyn Davies & Yeang, UK.
They were chosen from among 10 competing at Stage Two of the competition which concluded on 16 March 2012.
The competition, organised by the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) on behalf of 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad), started on 15 October 2011 and attracted 35 top local and international urban planners and architects.
MIP President Prof Dato’ Dr. Alias Abdullah said: “In Stage Two, participants really stepped up their game and gave us top notch submissions. After much deliberation, the jury panel decided on a shortlist of six finalists instead of five as originally planned. This is due to the varied and interesting ideas that were developed.”
He added: “The extended deliberation has resulted in a slight delay in the competition schedule, but the extra time is worth it as we want to ensure only the best talents get to design Bandar Malaysia.”
Stage Three kicked off on 15 May 2012, and submissions of the concept master plan will be due on 13 July 2012. MIP is expected to announce the winner in late August.
The jury panel for Stage Three will comprise representatives from MIP, Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Malaysian Institute of Architects, Institute of Engineers Malaysia, Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia and Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia as well as renowned international experts in urban planning and design.
1MDB Real Estate Sdn Bhd (1MDB RE) Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Azmar Talib said: “The shortlisted finalists have proven that they’re passionate about designing Bandar Malaysia, a sustainable and liveable city that will set the benchmark in the region.”
He added: “We look forward to seeing concept master plan proposals that are cutting edge, and will define the desired and optimum standard of city-living, custom fit for Malaysians from all walks of life to live, work, play and learn.”
The 196-hectare Bandar Malaysia project will see the rejuvenation and regeneration of the old Sungai Besi airport into a new and vibrant landmark reflecting the Greater Kuala Lumpur aspiration.
It will be significant in transforming Kuala Lumpur as a top global city.
The mixed development, with a clear focus on culture and the arts, will be an international destination for cultural facilities and public venues, a range of commercial and lifestyle offers and exemplary residential areas.
1MDB RE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 1MDB, the Master Developer of Bandar Malaysia.
For more info on the competition, log on to www.bandarmalaysiacompetition.com.