Urban Green Space as Part of Ecological Corridor as Medium to Stimulates Social Cohesion among Diverse Culture in Malaysia

Jamirsah, Nurzuliza and Said, Ismail and Rasidi, Mohd Hisyam (2011) Urban Green Space as Part of Ecological Corridor as Medium to Stimulates Social Cohesion among Diverse Culture in Malaysia. In: 5th South East Asian Technical University Consortium Symposium, 24th – 25th February 2011, Hanoi.


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Malaysia is currently developing into an urbanized country. Malaysian’s severe loss and degradation of urban green space could adversely affect ecosystems as well as human social pattern. The aim of his paper is to reformulate an Asian-based social cohesion framework by referring the previous study of Western-based one. A total of 20 articles from the 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 cohesion offers to human well-being, why do human needs to socialize to gain wellness and how ecological setting influence the social-bonding quality. Literatures were bracketed into 3 categories which are epidemiological, experimental and survey studies. The literature reviewed revealed several themes and relationships that relate to ecological corridor, human health and social cohesion. Result of the review suggests that social cohesion means the bond that brings people together in society, particularly in the context of multi-cultural community. Mingling in subspaces of the urban forest permits relationship between users through spontaneous conversation. The park characters that afford the social cohesion are diversity of subspaces, vegetation and animal populations, landform and water bodies. Therefore, in planning of urban forest, 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: Human Behavior, Social Pattern, Ecological Corridor, Social Cohesion
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 05:45
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2013 05:45
URI: http://epublication.fab.utm.my/id/eprint/92

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