Open Space Development In Kuala Lumpur City:The Early Settlements And The Current Scenario

Harun, Nor Zalina and Said, Ismail (2009) Open Space Development In Kuala Lumpur City:The Early Settlements And The Current Scenario. In: The 10th International Seminar on Environment and Architecture, 26th-27th October 2009, University of Sam Ratulangi, Manado.


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This research examines the typologies of public open space in Kuala Lumpur based on two development stages: colonial and traditional, and contemporary. A review was carried out to identify the early establishment and development of public open spaces and the roles played throughout time. For this purpose, document analysis and site observation were performed on prominent public open spaces in Kuala Lumpur. The analysis indicated that roles and functions 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 numerous public open spaces have been modified by certain levels of change, however only few changes resulted to 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 Kuala Lumpur an appealing city that cater the needs of it dwellers. This study also implies that the public open spaces and it surrounding areas convey sense of place lead to the image formation of Kuala Lumpur as Malaysian capital city.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
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Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:55
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