Flats Outdoor Space as a Vital Social Place

Abdul Aziz, Azhan and Ahmad, Abdullah Sani and Nordin, Tajul Edrus (2012) Flats Outdoor Space as a Vital Social Place. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, 3 (7).


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Minimum dwelling space of low-cost walk-up flats forces life to spill outdoors involving daily mundane activities affecting neighborhood social vitality. In design, this affordance of such ‘marginal’ outdoor space has been neglected. Using data derived from systematic observations in various low cost walk up flats, this paper explores the use of these outdoor near home spaces and found that they support various domestic, social and retreat activities generating liveliness in the otherwise barren low cost environment. Potentials for social encounters and casual surveillance were partially affected by flats configurations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: building layout, near home space, social interaction
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:54
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:54
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/225

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