“An ideal future living is one which addresses the issues and concerns of its community, providing solutions and alignment with the possibilities imminently available making for a better and more enriched quality of life. Its foundation will be to utilise space in an intelligent manner.”
Autonomous vehicles. New energy generating surfaces. Urban manufacturing. Drones. Artificial intelligence. Vertical farming. Intelligent buildings.
These and many other innovations and technologies have left the realm of science fiction and are now in various stages of testing and implementation. Thanks to the increasing rate of technological change and adoption, our urban environments and how we live, work and play are about to undergo rapid transformations.
Cities as the backdrop to our lives.
Currently, 76.4% of Malaysia’s population reside in cities and this is already presenting city managers with many challenges such as inadequate affordable housing, overburdened public amenities, traffic congestion, environmental pollution, shrinking green areas and public safety.
According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, the Malaysian population is also expected to hit 41.5 million in 2040 from 28.6 million in 2010. Urbanization, which is estimated to reach about 80% by 2040, coupled with state of the art technologies are also driving modern lifestyles, innovative ways of doing business, creating new forms of employment and how we consume entertainment and information.
Foresight in future developments for a smart city is not only essential, it is in fact inevitable.
To help us chart the city’s future, a global research collaboration led by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Nextdor Property Communications Sdn Bhd called the Malaysia Biennial 100YC (100 Year Cities) set out to envision optimistic and ideal futures for cities. Using Medini, Iskandar Puteri’s future Commercial Business District as a destination case study, the collaboration brings together visionaries and progressive international architecture schools and the world’s most innovative architects, urban planners, economists, engineers, urbanists and futurists.
The project primarily aims to promote multidisciplinary thinking and collaboration as core capacities necessary for future innovation.
Focusing particularly on four key urban catalysts: mobility, technology, commerce and knowledge, the Malaysia Biennial 100YC project will showcase new architectural and urban design concepts for the staged development of the city of Medini across a 100-year period.
Medini, a sustainable, smart and future forward CBD
The Medini master plan includes diverse residential, commercial and retail activity and is expected to host a population of 350,000 once completed. Six main focus industries being promoted include: healthcare & wellness; creative industries; leisure & tourism; education; logistics; and financial services. The development will also incorporate smart city elements to better manage the city.
This vision integrates three main strategic directions in the Medini township: Economic development, Environmental Value Enhancement and Liveable Communities’ development. These defined strategic directions are also the core framework for the development components in Medini, where it seeks to:
- Provide varied economic activities that shall transform Medini into an opportunistic destination for the promoted growth sectors of Iskandar Malaysia
- Provide diverse commerce, amenities and housing types to cater for a more cosmopolitan society
- Provides for parks, open spaces and green networks that enhance its environmental value
Looking at the impact of emerging urban economies and technologies as well as global responses to creative culture, there is tremendous potential for Medini to be a successful Central Business District within Iskandar Puteri.
It’s important to stay ahead of the curve.
The research will provide city managers, planners and builders with the tools to better manage our cities to achieve these ideal futures. The programme will not only visualize the future but create the foundations to procure these innovations and transform them into an urban reality. We can do this through the development of a qualitative design-led architectural procurement framework for the ongoing commissioning of built works in Medini.
The four areas of global disruptive change:
Medini Iskandar may be considered a city with a series of green mobility zones incorporating electric passenger mobility services exploring potentials for the Medini Iskandar’s six (6) key zones - electric bicycle pool, electric carpool and electric shuttle buses.
The mobility system could include a series of green zones with components required for integration of various types of electric vehicles in the future. Submissions will include but are not limited to:
• Mobility Systems • Manufacturing • Recycling • Mobility Sales • Mobility Services •
Consideration is made of the future incubation for visionary innovation in education, research and the nature of the knowledge economy in the following sectors:
• Future Incubation • Robotics • Material Research • Information Technology Research • Water Research • Space Tech Research •
Innovative speculation upon future opportunities for 21st century commerce across many future driven areas and responses for research and innovations such as:
• Agriculture • Assembly/Construction • Logistics/Consumer • Energy Zone • Smart IT Zone • Performance Enhancement • Health Enhancement • Materials Zone • Mobility Zone •
Visions for Future Energy and Speculative Technologies across many industries. Future driven technologies, clean-tech and space research opportunities.
• Information Technology Zone • Bio Fuels • Clean Tech • Nano Tech • Solar • Nuclear • Neurotech • Genomics • Space Tech • Wind •