Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Year: 2012 – 2014
Client: Khazanah Nasional Berhad
Partners: AJM Planning & Urban Design Group (planner), CityLab (architect), LabDNA (place making consultant), EXTRAURBAN Design
KL Connect is a series of theoretical studies that explores opportunities from various fragmented development of the city, and connect them to create a ‘connection’ master plan of Kuala Lumpur.
KL Connect rejects the idea of iconaclastic design without substance. It should provide smart solutions for the city.
KL Connect started from deep studies related to visionary urban theories, which were then applied to real site conditions. These theories were translated into strategic field operations to suit the situationist city of KL.
The main concern is the establishment of continuation and connection in reassembling urban spaces: affects and assemblages. The proposal is an urban onthology of ‘becoming’, which offers an alternative to an essentialist understanding of the city and its disparate elements into becoming logic and pleasurable.
Learning from current condition of KL, this proposal offer opportunities for better urban design control. The most challenging task is to create the framework. A good framework can accommodate many types of interventions…
…interventions that are responsive to its context and may allow expandable connectivity with its surrounding. The study is a combination of two-dimensional discipline and an almost independent potential freedom of expression, three dimensionally and programmatically, and turns this into a kind of utilitarian polemic.