There is much to talk about life in a modern city. Our current obsession over quality of life has spawned reports and rankings of cities based on various metrics: from security to connectivity, infrastructure to sustainability. Cities, however, are more than just cold, hard facts. There are intangible factors that define a city: its character, its flavour, its desirability, its lovability.

The greater Kuala Lumpur/Klang Valley is poised to be an engine of economic growth for our nation in the next decade. We have heard about (and contributed much to) the bad side of our city: its inadequate public transit system, lack of design and care, poor city planning.

For all of our city’s shortcomings, we want to progress from a rant-mode to a solution-mode. By embracing the complexities and challenges of our urban landscape, we want to adopt new ways of interacting with our city. We want to explore new possibilities.

#BetterKL is a campaign aimed to:

  • get KLites to want the best for our city;
  • offer opportunities and activities to interact with our city in unique ways;
  • encourage initiatives for KLites to contribute to a positive change in our city;
  • move from rant to action to make our city more liveable and lovable;
  • address better usage of idle time and under-utilised public spaces in our city;

We want to join forces and collaborate with other stakeholders — designers, urban planners and thinkers, businesses, institutions, organisations, policymakers, artists, students, teachers, city dwellers — on this project to achieve the fullest potential of the city.

We believe great things happen when people get together and are imaginative about our shared spaces.