Catalysing economic growth, the Forum is expected to Inject RM43.4 million into Malaysia’s economy

In a significant nod to its burgeoning status as a global hub for sustainable urban development, Kuala Lumpur has been chosen to host the prestigious UIA 2024 International Forum (UIA2024KL) from 15th to 19th of November 2024 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

This landmark event, expected to draw more than 3,000 delegates, underscores the city’s commitment to fostering diverse, inclusive, and sustainable urban environments.

Organised jointly by the Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia [PAM] and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur [DBKL], the UIA2024KL is set to be a transformative gathering. It will bring together architects, urban planners, policymakers, and enthusiasts from around the globe to engage in critical discussions under the theme “DIVERSECITY for Humanity and Sustainable Growth”. This theme reflects the complex challenges modern cities face, emphasising the need for strategies that prioritise human well-being alongside environmental stewardship.

The Forum is anticipated to generate a significant economic impact, with an estimated RM43.4 million in benefits and up to RM18.5 million in visitor expenditures, bolstering the Malaysian economy.

At the Forum’s soft launch at the Mayor’s Court at No. 11 Jalan Tangsi, Pn. Hanum Ain binti Zainal, Director of DBKL Project Implementation and Building Maintenance Department, who delivered the launch speech on behalf of Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur, Yang Berbahagia Datuk Sr Haji Kamarulzaman bin Mat Salleh, articulated the city’s vision: “Kuala Lumpur is steadfast in its journey to emerge as a global frontrunner in crafting resilient, inclusive, and habitable urban landscapes. The UIA 2024 International Forum Kuala Lumpur offers a golden opportunity for us to exchange insights, absorb global best practices, and cultivate partnerships that will propel us towards achieving our collective aspirations.”

Ar. Abu Zarim Abu Bakar, President of Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia, also highlighted the significance of Malaysia’s role as the host nation: “Hosting the UIA2024KL in Malaysia is significant for sharing our cultural diversity experience and it is a powerful way to promote dialogue, understanding, and appreciation for the diverse cultural contexts in which architecture operates. It has the potential to inspire positive change, foster collaboration, and contribute to the advancement of architecture as a socially responsible and culturally responsive profession.

The theme “DIVERSECITY”, reflects Malaysia’s unique cultural diversity and commitment to environmental stewardship. It highlights the importance of inclusive and sustainable urban development practices that prioritise the well-being of communities and the environment. The Forum also aligns closely with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly goals related to reduce inequalities, gender equality, peace justice and strong institutions. Architects and urban planners play a crucial role in advancing these global agendas through innovative design and planning solutions that contribute to addressing issues such as social inequality and cultural preservation in a global context.

The successful bid by the Malaysian delegation, presented in a hybrid format at the UIA 148th Council Meeting and Extraordinary General Assembly in Madrid, Spain, included prominent figures from the architectural and urban planning sectors. The team responsible for this achievement includes Datuk Ar. Ezumi Harzani Ismail [Convener, UIA 2024 International Forum], Ar. Sarly Adre Sarkum [Past President, PAM], Ar. Alice Leong [Past Deputy President, PAM], Ar. Ahmad Najib Ariffin [Director, Nusantara Academy of Development], Noor Ahmad Hamid [Chief Operating Officer, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB)], along with 16 other delegation members, including Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Ar. Haji Esa Haji Mohamed, former president of PAM and UIA.

Supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC), MyCEB, ARCHIDEX, and other partners, UIA2024KL is set to be a transformative event that not only highlights Kuala Lumpur’s advancements but also shapes the future of sustainable urban development globally.

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in UIA 2024 International Forum Kuala Lumpur, a global architecture forum organised by Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia, taking place from the 15th to 19th of November 2024, at the KLCC Convention Centre. Join us as we shape the future of sustainable urban development.

For more information on UIA2024KL, visit: https://www.uia2024kl.org/
To register, visit: https://www.uia2024kl.org/event-details-registration/uia-2024-international-forum-kuala-lumpur

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