WUF9 Village

Medan Pasar (Market Square)

In the heart of KL’s historic core, lies Medan Pasar. A melting pot of culture, traditions and a rich diversity of inspiring stories. In collaboration with Urbanice and KL City Hall, Think City alongside other project partners will be transforming Medan Pasar (Market Square) into the WUF9 Village, an urban live laboratory showcasing ideas and innovations to improve urban living.

Throughout the week, WUF9 participants and the public alike are invited to explore and discover exciting possibilities such as communal living, experience placemaking demonstrations and participate in public art installations.

Find out more about Think City’s projects at the WUF9 village below. A full list of offerings can be found at www.wuf9.org.

Medan Pasar, Kuala Lumpur

Think City at WUF9 Urban Village


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Communal Living, A Social Experiment

In 2014, Think City conducted a baseline study involving a detailed census of all business, organisations and residences in a 213ha area of the historic core. It was identified that the area offers a considerably high number of job opportunities and high building density but is lacking in housing diversity.

There are around 54,000 workers based in the area but only 4,800 are residents. This is a result of the disconnection between working and living places, which can lead to long commute and possible loss in productivity and efficiency. There is a need for wider range of housing options at affordable prices to attract more citizens to live in the city.

One possible avenue to address this is in the repurposing of older commercial buildings for temporary (or permanent) residential use and the introduction of communal living. While demand for Grade A buildings continue, vacancy rates for Grade B and C buildings continue to rise.

An opportunity may exist to revitalize these buildings while at the same time addressing the crucial issue of affordable inner-city housing.

In that vein, Think City together with KL City Hall (DBKL) developed a communal living concept based on a micro-house approach to be displayed at the Urban Village. Working with two local design firms, prototype microhouses have been erected and are on display within the Urban Village for the public to experience.

During this time, the prototypes will be tested by way of having occupants comprising of the designers themselves, Think City representatives and partners to live within the micro house for 24 hours to assess the viability of the design.

Seating for Socialisation

Seating for Socializing (SOS) is a social experiment, an urban catalyst designed to improve sociability in Hong Kong’s public spaces. The project aims to study how inexpensive improvements can attract and retain public space users and positively shape the social character of the district.

SOS consists of 27 cubes of 32cm contained in a steel structure with overall dimensions of 1m3. This compact volume can assume infinites spatial configurations, creating a FLEXIBLE space where users can freely decide the position of the seating cubes and the resulting use.

The playful component generated by the interaction and self‐construction of their space may represent a moment of SOCIAL aggregation.

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Around the WUF9 Village

Parklets and Kerblets

Malaysians have among the highest rates of vehicle ownership in the world. This dependency has naturally translated to a significant amount of land allocation for parking spaces, particularly within urban areas.There is a range of movements that have emerged in recent years that re-emphasise the importance of the pedestrian and sidewalks. Part of this movement includes the design and installation of parklets – a small seating area or green space created as a public amenity on or alongside a pavement, often in a former roadside parking space.

They are designed to provide a public place for passers-by to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the city around them, in places where either public open spaces are lacking or where the existing sidewalk width is not large enough to accommodate vibrant street life activities.For WUF9, DBKL have converted several street level carpark spaces into parklets and Think City have supported with the conversion of one parklet and two kerblets with the hope that these will become permanent fixtures within the city.

Blank Canvas

10 February 2018
11am – 5pm

One of Think City’s most recent projects involved a laneway demonstration initiative which aimed to show the possibilities of turning an underutilised space into a place for social connections, respite and activities.

In conjunction with the World Urban Forum, a wall located in Lorong Bandar 13, situated beside 2, Jalan Hang Kasturi, will be turned into a mural highlighting an idyllic urban scene, different from what would typically be associated with city living. The windows open to a view of the present and future of KLs historic core, celebrating its history and diversity.

WUF9 participants and the public are invited to join the mural painting session. Registration can be made at the Think City booth in the KL Convention Centre.

Bus Shelter Design

Parisign Media, in partnership with Think City, ran a design competition to reimagine a new bus shelter that would serve the community beyond just those waiting for the bus, and be aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda, making better cities for all.

12 entries were received, each with imaginative concepts for the future of bus shelters. 

The winning entry was from Aileen Chew, and features elements of a green roof top, rainwater harvesting, and solar energy to power mobile phone charging points.

This bus stop is located along Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur.