Placemaker Week ASEAN 2019

04 Nov 2019 - 08 Nov 2019

Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Klang and Putrajaya)

How do we create public spaces that people love?


Places people love: that’s the goal of placemaking. Placemakers create public spaces that inspire; that bring us together, make us happier and healthier, and give us a strong sense of identity. And they’re not just good for people – vibrant public spaces are good for business and good for our planet, too.


That’s why 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.


Join the movers and shakers of Southeast Asian placemaking in Downtown Kuala Lumpur to hear inspiring case studies, exchange innovative best practices, and forge uplifting new connections with fellow placemakers.


With site visits to Klang, Penang, Putrajaya, and Johor Bahru, you’ll experience hands-on, practical learning tailored to the local cultural context and the unique challenges of Southeast Asia’s tropical climate.


Click here to get your discounted early bird ticket now!


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




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.


2. 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.


3. 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.



Draft Programme (subject to change):

Click on each item in the programme to view more detailed information





Watch this space as we announce more speakers. 



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