Imagine if New York and Hong Kong were tropical islands packed with sustainable skyscrapers, public parks, and green spaces. Well, one island city is already $30 billion deep into a sustainable makeover: that would be Iskandar, a 2,217 square kilometer development at the southern-most tip of Malaysia. And thanks to a number of investments, innovative technology and design, and a visionary plan from the country's government, Iskandar could be the blueprint for every future green city to come.
While many large Asian cities are plagued with pollution and overcrowding, not to mention social and economical issues, Iskandar plans to be one of the most sustainable, socially responsible, and economically vibrant places in the world. And it hopes that its masterplan will provide a blueprint for other cities and countries that want to follow suit. The city will run on renewable energy, public transportation, and recycling waste. It will not only have the latest in eco-technology, but also offer plenty of green spaces and parks, fostering community and social cohesion.
The project is so popular that British film producer Pinewood Studios has signed on to build a number of facilities, and Legoland will design its first Asian theme park in the city. A number of universities from the UK will also set up satellite campuses in the area that will focus on urban renewal and development.