#BetterCities Goes to George Town, Penang!

1 April 2013

#BetterCities¬†heralds the second quarter of 2013 by stepping out of our home base in Kuala Lumpur to launch our first project in Penang! This new undertaking is a pilot programme called Urban Residency¬†(codenamed UrRe) that will take place in George Town, Penang. The cat’s meow of UrRe will be a weeklong urban action workshop during the George Town Festival in early June. Throughout the week in June, selected participants of UrRe will design and build projects to improve the public space.

Preparation for Urban Residency begins with our team heading to George Town tomorrow! Our goal for this first field trip is to deepen our knowledge of the city and the communities, to understand the city’s current status quo and challenges, and finally, to look for potential sites and problems.

We are looking for local institutions, art collectives, creative communities and individuals who want to collaborate either as participants in the programme or exchange/provide information (even share secret spots of George Town!).

We will keep you posted on UrRe! Do drop us line if you want to collaborate, and stay tuned for the programme’s open call!

Urban Residency is supported by The Embassy of Finland, Malaysia.


Lia Tostes is an architect and urbanist from Brasilia, Brazil who has just finished her Masters at the University of Tokyo. She currently lives in Kuala Lumpur and is a collaborator of #BetterCities.