Revitalizing the People’s Life in Buffer Zone Area in Melaka: A Case Study at an Urban Village, Melaka

Othman, Sumaiyah and Said, Ismail (2010) Revitalizing the People’s Life in Buffer Zone Area in Melaka: A Case Study at an Urban Village, Melaka. In: South-east Asia Technical University Consortium 4, 25th-26th February 2010, Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo.


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This paper presents an urban design study conducted by a group of Master of Urban Design students at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia studying a buffer zone area in an urban village known as Kampong Jawa in Melaka. Data of town morphology were obtained from archival reports. Behavioral responses of residents were elicited from observation and interviews. The data were triangulated and displayed in maps and synthesized in tables that illustrated the potentials and constraints of the village. The results suggest that the tourism development of the core area and some specific part of the area has neglected the residents’ existence and their routine trading and social activities particularly in involving their daily life and incidental spaces such as in front of Melaka’s river and significant heritage place near their houses. Such activities created bonds among the residents and thus uphold their community integrity. Inasmuch, most residents have lost hope in protecting and defending their properties and preserving their communal and economic activities. As a result, most houses in the village were left in bad condition because the residents felt that there were no more reasons to take care of them since their lands will be taken by the municipality. Therefore, there is a need to restructuring the planning policy of buffer area in Melaka in order to conserve the urban village inhabitants.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Melaka River, buffer zone, sense of belonging, urban village, kampong, heritage
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:47
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:47

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