The confluence of two rivers, this is where Kuala Lumpur began more than 160 years ago,the name means muddy estuary in the Malay language.
But as the city expanded, what used to be the administrative and commercial hub soon lost its importance to newer shinier buildings.
Parts of the older downtown area fell into disuse, but there are plans to revive this part of the city.
As more people move in the cities,there’s a growing demand for spaces in cities.
And the challenge was it is, then it’s about regenerate existing urban areas as opposed to expanding and eventually resulting in urban sprawl.
Urban sprawl only results in negative outcomes like extra pollution, extra commute.
Think city an urban regeneration body owned by Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, believes one way to revitalize the city is by making existing spaces more inclusive.
That includes turning parking spots into small gardens，some temporary, others permanent.
There aren’t many places around here where one can stop to rest,so this is great, when you’re tired you can sit down here for a break.
There’s also a plan to introduce the concept of micro housing and communal living.
This house is a prototype, built as part of a showcase for the ninth World Urban Forum taking place in Kuala Lumpur.
Actually a lack of housing choice in the city for young people to want to be here by using this sort of communal living,
plus micro housing model, then hopefully the young people want to come back.
Built on a space measuring five by five meters, the footprint of each house is just the size of two parking spots.
Clever designs ensure space is not wasted.These shelves double up as steps and once you’re up in the bedroom you can close this and it becomes part of the floor.
The house lacks a dining room because that’s meant to be a shared area.
Over the next few weeks, those behind this project will gauge public reaction to this type of housing model.
But what’s clear is the drive to inject a new life into the city has begun.