Press Release Female Faces & Malaysia Sustainable Cities

Kuala Lumpur, 11 October 2016 – The ‘Female Faces & Malaysia Sustainable Cities Exhibition’ held at Creative Space, National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur from 8th October to 13th November 2016 presents the outcome from MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program (MSCP). It is a high impact joint collaboration effort between Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. The exhibition presents a variety of physical, auditory and immersive ‘artifacts’ interviews and video documentary on broad aspects of sustainability in Malaysian cities. It compiles huge total of 75 works of field photography, 21 video interviews and 19 video research documentary under one roof, as well as exciting program line up throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition was held in the Wolk Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA on April 30 – July 31, 2015. Named as ‘Female Faces in Sustainable Places’, it was dedicated to Malaysian women in Malaysia who play key roles in defining and implementing sustainable development at the highest levels of government, in the private sector and at the community level. The exhibition in USA was to celebrate the “unsung heroines” from many backgrounds bringing sustainability to life, often through social entrepreneurship of various kinds.

The exhibition at the National Visual Arts Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, officiated by Ministry of Higher Education* Secretary-General, Tan Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur today, is a reciprocal arrangement by UTM that further includes the history of the programs and research agendas from the 27 MSCP international scholars.

MSCP under the direction of Professor Dr Mohd Hamdan Ahmad (UTM) and Professor Dr Lawrence Susskind (MIT), with support from the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education, critically assesses sustainable development efforts in five Malaysia major cities: Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Putrajaya, George Town, and Kuching. Research Agenda that covers areas of climate change, energy and low carbon development; ecosystem conservation, water supply and infrastructure; flooding and disaster preparedness; housing, displacement and community engagement; tourism; traffic and transportation; and urban design, green building and protecting cultural assets, are aimed to making Malaysia as an exemplary approach to sustainable development for nation in sustainable development for other developing countries to emulate.

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