[CLOSED] Call for proposals: Placemaker Week ASEAN (Deadline 31/05/19)

20 Sep 2021 11:59 pm

Malaysia (KL, JB, PEN, Putrajaya, Klang)

Placemaker Week ASEAN 2019

Think City is proud to announce the first-ever Placemaker Week ASEAN! Co-presented with UN-Habitat, the region’s first event of its kind will take place in Malaysia, from 4 to 8 November 2019 

For one week, the movers and shakers of Southeast Asian placemaking will gather in Downtown Kuala Lumpur to share inspiring case studies, exchange innovative best practices, and forge uplifting new connections with fellow placemakers.

  • 4-6 Nov: Place games, workshops, tours in Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Penang, Putrajaya, and Klang
  • 7-8 Nov: Plenary session in Kuala Lumpur*

We are accepting proposals mainly for the plenary session in Kuala Lumpur, but are also open to proposals for Johor Bahru.


Call for proposalsshare your story at Placemaker Week ASEAN 


Do you have a placemaking success story you can’t wait to share? Have you discovered a placemaking insight that everyone needs to hear about? Have you developed a placemaking methodology or tool that thrives in the Southeast Asian context? We want to hear about your challenges, breakthroughs, and lessons learned along the way. And it’s not just us – 400 leading ASEAN placemakers want to hear from you too. 

From now until 11.59pm (GMT+8) on Friday, 31 May 2019, we’re welcoming proposals from all over the world – especially from ASEAN countries – to be a part of Placemaker Week ASEAN. We want to showcase dynamic, enthusiastic, and passionate speakers with compelling placemaking stories. If you are keen to contribute to the growth and mainstreaming of placemaking in Southeast Asia, this is the conference for you. 

Successful proposals will reach a diverse audience of placemakers: local and federal governments, professional bodies and urbanists, NGOs and private organisations, and academics and researchers. On top of this, we will also offer successful applicants a discounted admission ticket. Selected speakers will be featured on our website, social media, and mailing lists. 

Please note that successful applicants will not be offered any speaker fees or reimbursement for travel and accommodation expenses. 


Themes of Placemaker Week ASEAN 2019 


Building on the momentum generated at Placemaking Week 2018 in Wuhan, China, Placemaker Week ASEAN 2019 will focus on three themes: Waterfronts, Historical Streets, and Healthy Communities.  


  1. Waterfronts

Urban waterfronts are central to the life of a community. When integrated into the existing urban fabric, they can be turned into thriving public spaces – accessible and full of activity throughout the day and the year. 


  1. Historical Streets

Historical streets face immense pressure from modern development. But historical streets are invaluable – their human-scaled qualities offer lasting appeal. Properly taken care of, historic streets can create a strong sense of place, belonging, and community, as well as attracting people who bring vibrancy and economic activity to the neighbourhood. Placemaking is crucial for preserving these vital historic public spaces. 


  1. Healthy Communities

The best public spaces enable and encourage healthy lifestyles, and in turn, produce healthy communities. Public markets which provide fresh and nutritious food and effective, well-designed bicycle lanes are just two examples of how public spaces can have profound impact on a community’s well-being. 


Accepted proposal formats 

We are accepting proposals for sessions in the following formats: 

  1. Panels (1 hour) 
  2. Talks (20 minutes) 
  3. Short talks (10 minutes) 
  4. Long workshops (2 hours) 
  5. Short workshops (30 minutes) 
  6. Activations, activities, and tours 

Proposals in Categories 1-5 will primarily take place during the plenary sessions in Kuala Lumpur* on Thursday, 7 November and Friday, 8 November 2019. These will need to align with one of the three themes listed above. Category 6 proposals do not need to fall under the three themes. 

*Speaking in Johor Bahru may also be possible – please mention this in your application if you are interested.

How to submit your application 

Please submit your application at the following link: https://airtable.com/shrsyDCPN1phdNeY6  

The application includes basic details of the applicant, selection of a theme and proposal category, a short abstract of the proposal (no more than 150 words), and an optional photo/image representing the proposal. Multiple applications are welcome. 

Applications are now open, and close at 11.59pm (GMT+8) on Friday, 31 May 2019 

Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday, 28 June 2019. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Tasnim Hadi at tasnim.hadi@thinkcity.com.my