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City architecture from traditional past – a Malaysian case

Sulaiman, A. B. and Shamsuddin, S. (2008) City architecture from traditional past – a Malaysian case. In: WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment. WIT Press, England, pp. 275-282. ISBN 978-184564128-3

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2495/SC080261

Abstract

Traditional city-forms that still exist today reflect a civilization from which a designer for future sustainable settlements could learn - by looking at its strengths and weaknesses. The traditional form in Malaysia produces city architecture that is still vibrant today. It was formed by modifying and adapting existing situations to meet the needs, as well as the aspirations, of the people that have resulted in a unique and distinctive urban ensemble. Through time the city architecture represents the broader context of the society. This is in contrast to the modern building and urban architecture that lacks environmental, cultural, psychological and behavioural responses. The current practices (Malaysia) through simplistic application of planning, social, economic and environmental theories, produces towns and cities that lack identity. The human scale and sense of unity of the traditional settlements creates an urban composition that is unique and readily recognizable, and assist in creating a clear sense of place. There is a rich discourse between the public realm, with individual territorial needs in a complex and compact existence, which create a townscape character that displays a rich and harmonious ethnic composition that could inform designer in creating future places. The facilities they provide also shows their response to the individual and public needs of a sustainable and liveable city.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:5th International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability, Sustainable City V; Skiathos; 24 September 2008 through 26 September 2008; ISSN : 17433541
Uncontrolled Keywords:city architecture, liveable city, sustainable urban design
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:13259
Deposited By: Ms Zalinda Shuratman
Deposited On:27 Jul 2011 09:49
Last Modified:27 Jul 2011 09:49

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