PGCC – The Making of Futuristic Penang

Seriously, you gotta take a look at this!

PGCC Concept

Penang Global City Centre 

OK. So Penang will look like this by year 2015 ???

I’m speechless. And the developer called this city “carbon-free”.

Like many others, I’m beginning to doubt over this project.  

PGCC Rendering 1

I would say the idea of this project is brilliant, but do you think it can be economically viable considering that the project is “too massive” for the Pearl of the Orient? I guess the developer would have to rely mostly on foreign buyers.

Again, I’m totally impressed by looking at these pictures…

PGCC Rendering 2

I think we should give Penang a chance at least they can take on Malaysia’s most futuristic urban development.

PGCC Rendering 3

I just hope this project won’t be like KL’s Plaza Rakyat, stalled half-way and never again to be revived [It has been stalled for almost 10 years].

 PGCC Rendering 4

PGCC Rendering 5

Pictures courtesy of World Architecture News and SSC Forumers.

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13 Responses to “PGCC – The Making of Futuristic Penang”

  1. hausangchai Says:

    i believe penan can make it…
    penang has a lot of potential…
    now d government should think of developing a fully modern integrated public transportation system that befits a megalopolis…
    only then we could make the city works…
    as well as an urban municipality dat r up 2 d international standard…

  2. hausangchai Says:

    i believe penang can make it…
    penang has a lot of potential…
    now d government should think of developing a fully modern integrated public transportation system that befits a megalopolis…
    only then we could make the city works…
    as well as an urban municipality dat r up 2 d international standard…

  3. goppal Says:

    Hi there…I reckon that people should start having some optimistic views on this mega-project. There are so many people condemning blindly on this project and i don’t understand why….How long more malaysia should rely on small scale projects.It’s about time for malaysia to think big. Why can’t Penang have a megaproject.I feel this project is definitely going to be productive in the future.It’s a fantastic project and also an important project as it is part of NCER.And again why can’t Penang have this project, Penang has been a pioneer in many sectors in Malaysia.And without doubt it is one of the most developed places in Malaysia.Properties are reasonably cheaper in Penang compared to KL.The rate at which properties are sold in Penang is still faster than elsewhere in Malaysia according to a few recent analyses and statistics.Penang is one of the ten most livable city in Asia.And everyone knows Penang is one-of-a-kind and unique.Penang is world-known for many sectors namely tourism , properties (mm2h) , food , and it’s industries (Intel , Cybercity status , etc…). Penang is definitely a suitable and strategic place for big plans and infrastructural developments.

  4. Alexandra Says:

    I agree with Goppal. Actually, there are only a few group of people or bloggers and most of them were NGO’s people. They claimed themselves represent all Penangites.

    While as a local, I see the big picture of this big project. Penang needs more commercial development for economic boost.

  5. Alexandra Says:

    I agree with Goppal. Actually, there are only a few group of people or bloggers and most of them were NGO’s people opposing this project. They claimed themselves represent all Penangites .

    While as a local, I see the big picture of this big project. Penang needs more commercial development for economic boost.

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  7. Penangite Says:

    To Goppal, Hausangchai and Alexandra: Can you please explain to me exactly why Penang needs this project?

    How is Penang a “megalopolis” and is a big sprawling urban landscape something we really need as Penangite? At what expense will we have this gigantic project right on our little island? More environmental destruction (most definitely), more pullution (without a doubt), more traffic and noise (you think it will be less?), higher land and property prices (more people + less space = ?).

    Sure, it looks impressive now, but what do you think will happen to it in 10-20 years time? Still as impressive? I doubt it. The design is hardly classic… it is ugly!

    Goppal, Penang is definitely unique and one of a kind. I instead of enjoying such a rich natural resource, beautiful beaches and sea, fantastic lifestyle and food, our so called government opted instead to cement the whole bloody island, “reclaim” land by filling up the sea, bomb hills and chase the natural inhabitants away for development, pollute our air and water with more traffic, more factories and more people. Definitely unique and one of a kind… no other place in the world would do it except us.

    Open your eyes… this project isn’t for Penang and its people… it is for the pockets of the developers and their cronies (guess who).

  8. Alexandra Says:

    Hello Penangite. You’re asking for an answer which I have already given simple and clear lor.

    However let me explain to you if you don’t like my simple answer. How can you be sure in the future there will be a lot of environmental destruction as a result of this project? How do you know there will be zero development in our little Penang sooner or later?

    I am a firm believer of technology. I believe technology can improve human life through development and conservation for a better living. We cannot sit still and dumb just to appreciate our nature or history and condemn development.

    In my opinion, the design is (without a doubt) very impressive. And I (without a doubt) believe after 10-20 years the design will look impressively classic. In fact any design of anything after sometimes will look classic. Today, we do not see its classic because it futuristic la aiyooo…

    You think all the old building that we seen as heritage and look classic today were built to look classic? Of course not, they built it because it was the result of the development, their wish to improve living and of course to attract business and investment.

    I wonder who is it who drives cars and pollute the air? Who exactly throw rubbish even as small as cigarette butts to our small city and pollute our river? Is it the government and we the Penangite have to work hard and clean up all the pollution? I wonder if we don’t want development, do we have to live like today for the next 10-20 years?

    And I am thinking who should support pollution free by practicing carpooling, recycling, gardening and being more civilized instead of being constant whiner? Lastly, I wonder how are you so sure about the developer and ‘cronies’ (as you said) build this project for their pocket only?

    If you ask me better one developer who can integrate transport, water, landscape than a many developers each planning and building different sections and causing a chaos. Have you ever considered that a few Penang developers are working in cahoots with some NGO’s in Penang to sabotage this project as they are jealous and want to use this land for themselves?

  9. Darren Says:

    Personally i fully support this project.

    It is time for the people,not only Penang, but the whole country, to be developped to be more sensitive and appreciate to designs.No matter it is graphic design, architecture or interior.Really..it is time..

    there is no such thing can fulfil everyone’s wish. But this project is really good. Look at Komtar project, until now it is not finished yet. and it is hopeless.

    I really wish this project can be done, and make proud of Malaysian.

  10. Sonia Says:

    The reason people are condemning the project is because they don’t know anything about it! A project this large, involving this much money should involve a massive consultation process. Is it wanted/ needed? This hasn’t happened – and it should have been started from the very conception of the project. It casts doubt on the professionalism of all involved – including the obviously talented architects.

  11. Pieter Says:

    I believe Penang can benifit from a new big masterplan. It is only a pity that they didn’t chose for a city project, but for a building/icon design project.

    The urban space in this proposal is extreme poor, and everything is based on the shape of 2 towers. Again a design for the ego of the developer and architect, and not for the people who will live, walk there, have social interactions,…

    There were better projects than this for the competition of this masterplan!

  12. optimist Says:

    Well PGCC has had to go back to the drawing board. Why? because more people than just the “NGO whiners” realise that this project is seriously flawed. The traffic implications alone are horrendous (for those of you supporting the project, have you any idea about the traffic capacity of Penang’s roads, and what this project will mean to that?). Then the idea of squeezing 37 tower blocks onto the relatively small racecourse space has also horrified enough people. And of course the claim of zero-carbon is nonsense, as PGCC’s own official brochure admits (it will only be zero-carbon if Abad Naluri invest in ‘carbon-free’ projects elsewhere in the world). Penang like everywhere else in the world needs development which is built on peoples’ needs, on peoples’ aspirations, and which contributes to an improvement in the quality of all our lives. That is not the same thing as increasing GDP, and the quicker we understand that, the better for all of us and our children. Check out what is happening to the rest of the world and see what the blind pursuit of economic growth has led to. And check out the rates of respiratory disease for children in Penang, as in the Klang Valley, etc ….. it ain’t a happy story. We deserve better, and hopefully we can work together to get something better.

  13. Jame Mark Pinotes Says:

    Im total impressed wonderful urban planning…i just wish to have it real in the future…i keep on thinking what is best urban planning in our city…hehehe


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