Open car parks in Kuala Lumpur will gradually make way for green areas with micro housing and pocket parks or urban jungles in 20 years, Bernama reports. According to the director of knowledge management and advisory of Urban Wellbeing Centre of Excellence (Urbanice) Malaysia, Dr Azmizam Abdul Rashid, 30% of the city are set to be green areas with the green innovation plan.

“In an effort to realise (the plan), we will impose high parking charges in a move to encourage city folks to use public transportation, and to avoid the open parking areas being left idle, they will be developed with micro-housing,” Azmizam said.

“This is apt, because the population in Kuala Lumpur is expected to increase by about 70%, and we do not want these parking lots to be used for the development of multi-storey buildings,” he told the national news agency.

The development of micro-housing – which is proposed to take over the current open parking spaces – is an alternative solution to challenges faced by urban housing, and Azmizam expressed hope that the model units exhibited at the recent 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur will give the public an idea of what micro-housing is all about.

“However, we are still in the planning stage to build micro houses in parking lots and the developer is still identifying the locations, which will probably be in large parking areas. We are also working with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) on the pocket parks which will include a network of pedestrian walkways in the city,” he said. Your thoughts on this, dear readers?