The goal of this year’s Sustainable Penang Autumn 2013 project is to see if we can use the dialogues and other contacts in order to define a series of at least ten “transformative actions” that can be planned and carried out over the fifteen months following this first program. With an eye to then reviewing progress, measure by measure, action by action, in a second event to take place in Penang in the opening months of 2015. A sort of open progress report and collaborative reflection for next steps.
WCSC 2013. Kuala Lumpur, 24 September 2013
The Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association Malaysia (REHDA) Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (REHDA KL), the Malaysian Institute of Planners (MIP) and the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM), are pleased to inform that the ‘5th International Conference On World Class Sustainable Cites 2013’ (WCSC 2013) Themed ‘Liveable Cities Are Creative & Competitive Cities’ will be held on 24th September 2013, Tuesday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Do you have the feeling that your street could be a lot better if it were designed for people and safe mobility instead of primarily for moving and parked cars? Suppose the entire width of the street, sidewalks, gutters and provision for parked and moving vehicles is, say, xx meters. And if you wanted to see what it could look like if there were more provision for safe walking, cycling, street furniture, trees and greenery, transit shelters, priority public transport, lane dividers, turn lanes, and yes, parked and moving vehicles, then have a look at Streetmix (the Website Where You Can Design Your Own Street in Penang).
Here is a sample calculation for one fictive “typical middle class case”.
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Ecological Footprint and biocapacity : 1961 – 2009
The following graphic tracks the per-person resource demand Ecological Footprint and biocapacity in Malaysia since 1961. *
Why worry in George Town?
The highest point in the 121 sq km area that constitutes the city is 4 meters above sea level.
Malaysia’s Ecological Footprint is 3.90 global hectares per capita.
If everyone had the same Ecological Footprint as the average citizen of Malaysia:
- the world’s Ecological Footprint would be 40% larger
- we would need to half our Ecological Footprint in order to stay within sustainable environmental limits
In brief: Sustainable Penang 2013 is a two-week long wide-open program of public meetings, symposia, lectures, Master Classes, workshops and supporting public events with the goal of creating a stronger base of local support in favor of a more sustainable transport system to better serve the people of George Town and Penang . The program is hosted by THINK CITY and numerous local partners, in cooperation with New Mobility Consult.