The changing roles of public spaces in Malaysia

Harun, Nor Zalina and Said, Ismail (2009) The changing roles of public spaces in Malaysia. Habitat Magazine.


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This research examines the role of padang, a public space, in Malaysian historic city based on three development stages: traditional, transitional and contemporary. A review was carried out to identify the early establishment and development of public space and their influence in the built environment. For this purpose, content analysis and site observation were performed on two prominent public spaces: Padang Kota Lama in Penang and Dataran Pahlawan in Melaka. The analysis indicated that roles were underpinned by the process of different era of development and administration. In addition, a number of underlying dimensions of roles emerged including recreation, economic, social and culture. The study revealed that both padang have been modified by certain levels of disruption, resulted in the disappearance of unique townscape qualities. The study concludes that while contemporary changes are beneficial in many ways, it is not altogether wise to abandon the indigenous features and activities which make padang a distinctive and highly regarded place. This study also implies that the padang and it surrounding areas convey various architectural categories of meanings which lead to the image formation of historic cities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public place, Historical city, Padang, Place meaning
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:54
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:54

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