M'sia's futuristic cybercity

No, I'm not talking about Cyberjaya but the 72-acre i-City, a new development in Shah Alam (south of Kuala Lumpur).Among the amenities residents can look forward to are city-wide broadband (wired and wireless).

No, I'm not talking about Cyberjaya but the 72-acre i-City, a new development in Shah Alam (south of Kuala Lumpur).

Among the amenities residents can look forward to are city-wide broadband (wired and wireless).

The entire project will take eight to 10 years to complete but the first phase will be completed by the end of 2007.

It is designed by world-renowned Jon A. Jerde to be a state-of-the-art urban township that will comprise of corporate offices, a retail park, pedestrian street mall, hotel, service apartments, convention centre, hypermarket, innovation centre, and an intelligent school.

i-City is applying for Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status, and has been earmarked as a premier ICT hub for Selangor.

It'll be interesting to see if i-City is a success given that the much-hyped Cyberjaya is still pretty much a sleepy-hollow (especially at night when all the workers there go home). Cities built from scratch are always a difficult proposition to make work.