SCI-FI movies depict cities of the future as sprawling metropolises with grey buildings, flying cars and vending machines. But are such cities really our future?
As people evolve and our needs change, so do the cities we live in.
Today, 55% of the world’s population are living in cities and by 2050, two thirds of the world will reside in urban areas.
The impact is immense. Every year, 1.3 billion tonnes of waste is generated by the world’s population. Cities in China alone consume 6.3 trillion kilowatts of electricity per hour.
It is imperative that we rethink how our cities should be anned to tackle worrying global issues such as climate change.
The future of city living needs to integrate not just smart technology, but efficient management of a city’s resources while enabling communities to thrive and enjoy a good quality of life.
The Exchange TRX – the 7ha lifestyle epicentre of Kuala Lumpur’s new international financial and business hub Tun Razak Exchange, or TRX – gives a visionary glimpse into tomorrow’s urban living – a vibrant, sustainable and smart development right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Lendlease is developing The Exchange TRX through a joint venture with TRX City Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Finance Ministry. With over 60 years of experience in creating landmark projects around the world, Lendlease is a proven key player in the international property development scene with a global development pipeline approaching AUD100bil.
With Lendlease’s core expertise in shaping cities and creating connected communities, its vision to create the best places will be reflected in The Exchange TRX through its people-centric design and sustainability leadership.
So what defines urban living of the future?
1. Hyper-connectivity: The Exchange TRX sits at the centre of TRX which boasts superb connectivity with multiple transportation modes such as trains, cars, personal mobility devices (PMD), as well as pedestrian walkways.
The Exchange TRX is seamlessly integrated with the MRT Interchange, with access to 68 stations across the Klang Valley, including KLCC, KL Sentral, Cyberjaya and Putrajaya.
If you prefer to drive, routes such as the MEX Highway, SMART Tunnel, the upcoming SPE Highway (DUKE 3) and other primary roads of Kuala Lumpur all converge at the TRX, providing direct and easy access to The Exchange TRX.
2. World-class standards: Today, more than ever, there is a need for sustainable ways of living, especially in light of global trends such as rapid urbanisation and climate change.
The focus on people-centric designs in The Exchange TRX has resulted in a highly efficient and more flexible multipurpose development featuring a truly integrated living and working experience with an international hotel, office, residential towers and retail destination with about 500 stores.
The retail will also be seamlessly integrated with a 4ha city park – the new green heart of Kuala Lumpur offering great indoor and outdoor experiences for residents, tenants, employees, visitors and the local communities.
3. Sustainable low-carbon city, and more green spaces: Cities are the main source of waste and resource consumption but with strategic planning and development, it can reduce depletion of critical resources.
A future-ready development, TRX is the nation’s first development to achieve both provisional GBI Platinum Township and LEED Neighbourhood Development Gold certifications. The new international financial and lifestyle districts will also be Malaysia’s first precinct to recycle wastewater.
By adopting reusable resources technologies and working with industry partners, site-wide portable water demand will be reduced by 50%, as over 80% of the district’s wastewater is recycled. All components are aiming for a minimum of 25% energy reduction, 50% potable water reduction and 30% waste diversion from landfill as compared to standard building designs.
With the Exchange TRX’s 4ha-park, Malaysia’s biodiversity is promoted through thoughtful plant species selection and to encourage the migration of local birds and insects. Designed to enable a healthy lifestyle and promote a sense of well-being, the park’s multi-experience zones ensure an inclusive, experiential space for everyone – from jogging tracks, educational eco-trails to play zones, as well as elevated walkways and spaces for those who prefer quiet contemplation.
4. People-oriented planning: Beyond the greenery and buildings, services and facilities, the real heartbeat of any place is its people, community and culture. The new generation developments aim to make cities more liveable places that encourage people to live and grow together.
The Exchange TRX aims to create an experiential place for everyone to interact, socialise and bond. This thinking guides the design, architecture and even material selection to ensure easy and safe access throughout the precinct, with multiple convergence and meeting points.
To enhance safety, TRX adopts a British police standard for designing safe public spaces with open source CCTVs through CPTED (crime prevention through environmental design), supported by a dedicated auxiliary police station and active surveillance.
5. Smarter living augmented by technology: Dedicated electric vehicle charging stations, automated building systems and digital dashboards are among the sophisticated technologies available at The Exchange TRX.
TRX Residences is designed to incorporate the best of technology to deliver a seamless, hassle-free lifestyle by enabling residents to stay in the loop of community happenings and receiving the latest precinct updates.
To find out more about TRX Residences, visit www.trxresidences.com.my or follow its Facebook and Instagram page.
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