Factors Attributed to Placelessness of a Public Place in Historic Town of Penang, Malaysia

Said, Ismail and Harun, Nor Zalina (2011) Factors Attributed to Placelessness of a Public Place in Historic Town of Penang, Malaysia. In: 5th South East Asian Technical University Consortium Symposium, 24th – 25th February 2011, Hanoi.


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The goal of this research is to identify factors that influence placelessness of a public place and to better understand its effect to residents. In order to determine residents opinions related to these issues, a semi structured interview was conducted amongst a random sample of young adult to elderly residents in a historic town inscribed by UNESCO Heritage List - Georgetown, Penang. A content analysis was done to extract and determine the factors involved and how these had affected the residents. Discontinuity of experiences, insecurity and change of environment and physical character are three underlying dimensions identified to be of significance factors attributed to placelessness. This information is hoped can aid in determining public willingness and government support to incorporate preservation of public place as important scheme in planning report and plan. Simultaneously, this research may support communities in ensuring the continuity of place identity and quality of life.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Placelessness, historic town, public place, discontinuity and changes
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/93

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