As part of Taylor’s University’s flagship research project ‘Rejuvenating Forgotten Waterfront Settlements in Malaysia, with Specific Reference to the Royal Town of Klang’, the university is committing to research into possible transformational needs of Klang town. Taylor’s’ multidisciplinary researchers, headed by the School of Architecture, Building and Design, will assist the KCR committee to develop a sustainable strategy to revitalise Klang town. The students and academia will engage in research that focuses on five components to inform their design process for the city, namely, identity and belonging, inclusive education, urban walkability, water management, as well as food and place.
The collaboration was cemented with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) witnessed by Selangor State government Senior Executive Councillor, Dato’ Teng Chang Khim, at the education institution’s Lakeside Campus.
Dr. Camelia May Li Kusumo, plans to develop a framework to ensure sustainable development in Klang. This is done by addressing the social, environment and economic factors of the city. Besides that, this project is also contributing towards achieving one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals: #11: Sustainable Cities & Communities.
The KCR programme is supported by Think City, a subsidiairy of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, the technical advisor for the project. This programme will run for three years and tap the ideas of Taylor’s University students and academic from five school, School of Architecture, Building and Design; School of Education; School of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Hospitality and Tourism; and School of Engineering. From this project, the research assist in developing further into education accessibility, living affordability, local tourism, river pollution and flood management. This programme will help us better understand how sustainable living in the city is important. Besides that, KCR project will be a tool of encouragement for the next generation of leaders to be more actively involved in the city’s rejuvenation.
Malaysia’s waterfront cities are mostly forgotten due to the rapid urbanization. This programmes hopes to change that, and bring back life into our forgotten cities.