KL Design Festival 2022

A city’s form is clearly linked to its identity and people. For downtown KL’s historic zone,
this means that changes to historic buildings of the city impact its authenticity and
traditional practices. As Greater KL is rapidly developing, long-term residents in the
historic zone struggle as traditional businesses are driven out. This contributes to
population loss and a hollowing-out of the area. Additional difficulties such as poor
conservation and low local support also act to reduce KL’s vibrancy.

Recognising this, Think City and Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL), with the
Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MOTAC) and Jabatan Warisan Negara collaborated
on a proposed KL Creative and Cultural District (KLCCD) Strategic Master Plan
(SMP). KLCCD’s vision is to create inclusive, creative, and viable cultural places within
the existing historic structure of the area to enhance liveability and visitor attraction.

Covering an area just over 100 hectares, KLCCD extends from Little India (north) to the
old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station (south), and from Dataran Merdeka (west) to Bukit
Nanas schools (east). With many important sites under threat, there is an urgent need to
develop a framework for future growth.

The master plan proposes several strategies to realise the KLCCD vision. These include:
changing conservation standards, investing in new and creative industries, repopulating
the area, public realm improvements, and creating a governance framework. Even
though worldwide trends in rejuvenating dying-out city centres have seen mixed
success, Think City hopes its holistic approach will facilitate significant social and
economic benefits for downtown KL.

 

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Source: KL Design Festival

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