Social Interaction Among Urban Residents In Greenspaces Of New Township, Malaysia

Jamirsah, Nurzuliza and Said, Ismail and Rasidi, Mohd Hisyam (2011) Social Interaction Among Urban Residents In Greenspaces Of New Township, Malaysia. In: Third International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, 11 - 12th July 2011, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


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Malaysia is currently developing into an urbanized country. Malaysian’s severe loss and degradation of urban greenspace could adversely affect ecosystems as well as human social pattern. The aim of this paper is to discover the greenspace characteristics that contribute to the factors affecting level of social interaction among new township residents in Malaysia. This would reveal the unique characteristic of each greenspace eventually promotes or hinders social cohesion among new township residents. A raft of articles from various disciplines of urban and landscape planning, green infrastructure, human behavior and psychology, and ecological corridor engineering were reviewed to give an insight on what social interaction offers to human well-being, why do human need to socialize to gain wellness and how ecological setting influence the social-bonding quality. Result of the review suggests that social interaction is a mode that brings people together in community, particularly in the context of multi-cultural community. Mingling in subspaces of the greenspace permits relationship between users through spontaneous conversation. The park characters that afford the social interaction are diversity of subspaces, vegetation and animal populations, landforms and water bodies. Therefore, in planning of urban greenspace, it is necessary to interweave the boundary of a neighborhood with another to form a continuous community network.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban greenspace, Human Social Pattern, New township residents, Social interaction
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:56
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:56

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