Visionary push for another corridor
13 May 2017
The Star Online
By Thean Lee Cheng
Photo courtesy of Boston Design Group
This past summer, College of Environmental Design alumnus and president of Boston Design Group Lawrence A. Chan (M. Arch ‘75) presented the 30-year master plan for the development of the Malaysia Vision Valley (MVV), a new city envisioned for two million people.
The MVV is set to span 379,000 acres, or twice the size of Singapore, and is focused on a variety of industries, including healthcare, education and tourism. It is located in Negri Sembilan, bordering the Malaysian state of Selangor. The objective of the master plan is to create an environment that advances urbanity, social and cultural integration, and addresses natural and environmental challenges in the region.
An architect and urban planner by training, Boston-based Chan was brought in to conceptualise phase one. Chan says Boston Design Group was set up specially to make the first phase of MVV, about the size of Boston, a reality. Phase one will have a total of six clusters, which will form the “heartbeat” of the city. MVV will be an extension of Greater Kuala Lumpur and will have a population of two million.
The plan, Chan says, is to open up new areas, a sort of decentralisation of greater Kuala Lumpur. As for phase two and how many phases there would be in total, he says, “This will be beyond my lifetime.” Chan believes MVV’s government-enabled but private sector-driven economy will make it appealing to foreign investors.
The development’s six main nodes comprise high-tech industrial clusters, an integrated transport district, a knowledge-education parcel, a biopolis/wellness development, a sports and recreation parcel and a tourism-cum-nature development of more than 500 acres. Expected to span 30 years, these six core areas will attract some 290 billion Malaysian Ringgit of investments and create 1.39 million new jobs.
Ultimately, the objective of the master plan is to create a balance between the vision of the modern, state-of-the-art metropolis and the existing social, cultural, and environmental fabric of Malaysia that emphasizes inclusion, protection, preservation, and enhancement, Chan explained.
To read more about Chan’s MVV project, click here.