Problems Involved in the Conservation of Historic Settlements in Malaysia: Case Study of Kuala Selangor

Harun, Nor Zalina (2007) Problems Involved in the Conservation of Historic Settlements in Malaysia: Case Study of Kuala Selangor. Jurnal Alam Bina (3).


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This paper presents an empirical study on an evaluation of a historic settlement built during the British colonial period in Kuala Selangor, Malaysia. The study seeks to examine the process and repercussions of change in the historic settlements in Malaysia, and specifically in Kuala Selangor. Five historical attributes were elicited, namely, building and special structures, street pattern, residential, commercial activities and natural environment. Identification data of these attributes were obtained from two sources: (1) historical facts from archives, and (2) questionnaires on tourist guides and architects and allied professionals (n=84). It became apparent that the attributes of the historic settlement are being adversely affected at varying extents because of rapid physical development and lack of maintenance. The main contributors were the changing pace and trends in development nationwide. The legislation procedures although found to be fragmented, appeared to provide appropriate protection for the identified special attributes. It was also evident that the planning policies as contained in the Structure Plans and Local Plans had generally proven unsuccessful in arresting the decay of the buildings, street patterns and commercial activities. On a long term basis it may be possible to reduce the scale of the adverse effects, although this is likely to take a considerable period of time, significant resources and a substantial commitment to certain managerial measures and other planning requirements.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: historic settlement, special attributes, changes, adverse effects, planning process.
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:58
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:58

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