Move to strengthen Iskandar development region


October 24, 2016 by iskandarinsider


ISKANDAR PUTERI: Medini Iskandar Malaysia is in the midst of developing its global research initiative to strengthen Iskandar development region for the next 100 years.

Dubbed Medini Iskandar Malaysia, it would be the Malaysia Biennial 100 Years City’s (Malaysia Biennial 100YC) first destination partner, researching models for the vibrant and sustainable urban development of Medini.

Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Khairul Anwar Ahmad said the new city could accommodate at least 350,000 people when it becomes fully developed in about 20 years.

“The master plan for Medini Iskandar Malaysia was meticulously planned, which includes diverse residential, commercial and retail activities with six main focus industries being promoted.

“The six main focus are health and wellness, creative industries, logistics, education, financial services as well as leisure and tourism,” he said.

He told reporters this after the officiating ceremony for Malaysia Biennial 100YC: Medini 2017, which was officiated by Iskandar Regional Development Authority chief executive Datuk Ismail Ibrahim.

He said that a research collaboration with Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) would help them to chart out a realistic view of the development by exploring the physical, virtual and spatial conditions of this future 21st century city.

“Our goal is to create a platform for city builders and managers to engage with global participants to identify potential development challenges and opportunities.

“From the total 2,200 acres of development area here, about 20% of it has been fully developed, while another 14 areas, including commercial and residential, are still under construction,” he said.

Nextdor executive director Imran Clyde said the research also proposed both visionary urban speculation and clear demonstration through the pragmatic and situated application of creative architectural and urban practices.

“For this initiative, we are focusing on the four key urban catalysts of mobility, technology, commerce and knowledge.

“Our goal is also to benefit the international participants to endorse the potential of Medini in becoming a successful Central Business District (CDB) within this region through the development of a qualitative design-led architectural procurement framework,” he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysia Biennial Artistic director Prof Tom Kovac said the project would collaborate with researchers from around the world to investigate key challenges and also propose solutions for Medini city.

Source:The Star Online


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