Lawrence A. Chan MAUD ’77, Lead Urban Design Master Planner in association with KMDG, landscape architects, Utile, urban planners, and BuroHappold, infrastructure engineers, recently completed a 30-year master plan for a new city located 35 miles from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and 10 miles from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The new city for two million people is the keystone project of the Prime Minister’s Eleventh Malaysia Plan released in May 2015, earmarking the transformation of Malaysia Vision Valley, a 156,000-hectare development zone to: advance the socio-economic position of the 60-year-old nation; promote the wellbeing of its multi-cultural, multi-ethnic citizens; and provide expansion of Kuala Lumpur. Objectives include:
- Create an environment that advances urbanity, social and cultural integration and cooperation, and a sustainable quality of life for living, working, recreation, and enjoying nature
- Address natural and environmental challenges, including: a varied and often extremely steep topography; safeguarding permanent forest reserves and natural habitats; preserving and enhancing riparian corridors; reducing Malaysia’s carbon footprint; and expanding renewable energy resources
The new city will take shape on 43 square miles of former palm plantation land, over forty percent of which will remain or enhanced as landscaped open space, to serve as a destination hub for international travel, commerce, recreation, and eco-tourism. A new high-speed train will connect the city to Singapore in sixty minutes, and an express train to the airport within ten minutes.
Smart Growth, transit-oriented Cleantech mixed-use development will encompass facilities of all types including: mixed-income, single- and multi-family residences; neighborhood and social services; a comprehensive urban transit system targeting 50% ridership while reducing car use and parking by 50%; local and regional parks; and the “Mountain-to-the-Sea” Greenway connecting the permanent forest reserve in the north to the Straits of Malacca in the south.
A most important objective is to create a balance between the vision of the new modern, state-of-the-art metropolis and the existing social, cultural, and environmental fabric that require inclusion, protection, preservation, and enhancement.
Total Land Area 11,000 hectares (26,800 acres or 43 sq mi)
Developed Land Area 6,200 hectares (56% of Total Land)
Undeveloped Natural Land 4,800 hectares (44% of Total Land)
Total Development 113,650,000 sq m (1,223,000,000 sq ft)
Floor Area Ratio 1.04 (0.5-6.0 max)
Total Population 1,867,000 (844,000 work force)
Number of Dwelling Units 424,000 (for 50% work force)
An interview with Chan regarding the project was published in the May 13, 2017 issue of The New Straits Times.
Riverway at main entrance to Central Park:
Integrated Transportation Terminal between Downtown & Riverway:
posted January, 2018
Paul S. Belaski MArch ’77 was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives. His first term begins in January 2017.
posted December, 2016
President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint two Harvard Graduate School of Design alumni and faculty members to the United States Commission of Fine Arts: Toni L. Griffin LF ’98, professor in practice of urban planning, and Alex Krieger MCP ’77, professor in practice of urban design. The seven-member Commission of Fine Arts is an independent federal agency tasked with advising the President, Congress, and the federal and District of Columbia governments on select matters of design and aesthetics. It was established by Congress in 1910 as a permanent body to advise the federal government on matters pertaining to the arts and national symbols, and to guide the architectural development of Washington, D.C.
Photo credit: United States Commission of Fine Arts webpage.
posted November, 2016
Everett L. Fly MLA ’77 selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. Presented on September 10, 2015 by President Obama, Mr. Fly was distinguished “for preserving the integrity of African-American places and landmarks. A landscape architect, Mr. Fly has worked tirelessly to win historical recognition for Eatonville, Florida, Nicodemus, Kansas, and other sites central to African-American history, preserving an important part of our broader American heritage.” Since 1996, 175 National Humanities Medals have been bestowed — to 163 individuals and 12 organizations.
Photo credit: Ralph Alswang for National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
posted September, 2015
In Memoriam: Charles Thanhauser MArch ’77 passed away on June 22, 2015. Read his obituary here.
posted June, 2015
Everett L. Fly MLA ’77 worked with Dr. Bill Ferris Ph.D., former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and historian at the University of North Carolina (UNC), and Dr. Kenneth Janken Ph.D., interim director of the Center for the American South, to organize and conduct a workshop on historic Black towns and settlements. The workshop, which took place April 6-7, 2015 on UNC’s campus, addressed a range of strategic topics, including land use law, economic cultural tourism, community health, cultural food ways, entrepreneurship, archival preservation, and physical historic preservation. Fly began his research and study of historic Black towns and settlements while studying under John Brinckerhoff Jackson at the GSD. Read more about the event here.
posted April, 2015
GSD alumni from the classes of 1976 and 1977 convened in Chicago for the 2014 AIA Convention.
Photo L-R: Darrell Fitzgerald MArch ’77, George Kunihiro MArch ’76, William Wilson MArch ’77, and Kevin Triplett MArch ’76
posted July, 2014