Morphology of Padang: A case study of Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur

Harun, Nor Zalina and Said, Ismail (2008) Morphology of Padang: A case study of Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. In: International Seminar in Sustainable Environment & Architecture (SENVAR), 1st -3rd December 2008, UiTM, Shah Alam, Malaysia.


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The study explores the morphology of Padang as an open space in town or city centre in Malaysia. Firstly, it reviews the reasons of its establishment in historical cities of Malaysia. Additionally, the review reveals the spatial relationship of Padang with surrounding land uses and circulation system of the towns and cities. Secondly, it reviews the morphological parameters specified by Conzen (1960) which combined the town plan, pattern of building forms and pattern of urban land use. And, thirdly, the parameters are applied to study the morphology of Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur. The results reveal that Dataran Merdeka is a huge open space in the city centre linked or integrated to several distinctive institutional, commercial and public buildings of various architectural styles. It is a social and free place for people to interact and feel joy with variety of activities including premier events, for example, exercising nation’s rights of assembly for democracy. This study implies that the padang is a place with identity and its meanings are rooted in mind of people as a place for enjoyment and to gain comfort.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: padang, morphology, Kuala Lumpur, public place
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:46
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:46

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