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Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Thesis: Proposed Sungai Rambai community Park at Bukit Mertajam, Negeri Pulau Pinang

Lee, Wooi Keat and Said, Ismail (2007) Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Thesis: Proposed Sungai Rambai community Park at Bukit Mertajam, Negeri Pulau Pinang. Other thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Built Environment.

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Abstract

Community park provides a vital natural healthy space for recreational and socio-cultural activities for the local community. Yet, it sustains the importance of natural resources like rivers, wetlands, forest and coastal ecosystem, by offering a clean, healthy, green and natural habitat for the native flora and fauna. Unfortunately, Bukit Mertajam lacks of a community park for enhancing the local recreational activities and the ecological environment. The environment of Sungai Rambai at Bukit Mertajam is lack conducive for outdoor activities, due to the flooding problems, lack of green spaces, environmental pollution, noise and busy environment. Moreover, the local authorities, architects and dwellers neglect the importance of sustaining the natural resources of Sungai Rambai river. Therefore, this project is held to propose the sustainable landscape development for Sungai Rambai Community Park at Bukit Mertajam. Whereby, Sungai Rambai is located at the central part of Bukit Mertajam Town, which consists of the residential, commercial and natural areas. Sungai Rambai Community Park is designed for offering a wide range of recreational and leisure activities for local community, such as cycling, exercise, relaxing, rejuvenating, social communicating, natural walk, kayak, boating, fishing and birds watching. Although of that, the natural environment of Sungai Rambai and its ecological values are preserved, restored, rehabilitated and enhanced for building the sustainable landscape development. As a result, Dragonfly is metaphorically interpreted in designing the Sungai Rambai Community Park. Dragonfly symbolize the unique natural wetland ecosystem at Sungai Rambai, while describing the robustness of the Sungai Rambai Community Park with the variety activities from wet to dry, as well as from passive to active activities. Sungai Rambai Community Park has three important zones, which are including of the active zones, moderate active zones and passive zones. Active zones are related to the active and viable activity space, such as the central court gathering spaces, promenade, adventure park, and the jetty. Active zoning spaces are important to enhance the anticipation and affordance of public to visit the park, while enhancing the sense of happening and gaining the profits for sustaining the park. However, moderate active zones refer to the local neighbourhood activity spaces, such as jogging path, fishing shelter and pier, orchard garden, neighbourhood garden, children playground, elderly exercise space, picnicking and camping area. These spaces are playing a very important role for developing the sense of belonging and community among the local community to the park, where are serve the basic needs of the local community for having the daily leisure and recreational activities. In contrast to the active and moderate active zones, passive zones are providing the passive activities which is including of wetland eco-tour, birds watching, boardwalks and outdoor learning activities. The passive zones are developed to enhance and rehabilitate the eco-environment, while developing the appreciation and awareness among the public toward the natural resources. Moreover, the passive zones offer the opportunity for the nature lovers, student and researchers to develop their hobbies and works in relation to the nature ecology. In conclusion, Sungai Rambai Community Park is designed for serving the needs of the social in relation to leisure and cultural preferences, while increasing the environmental quality and aesthetic landscape value of the Sungai Rambai.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Community Park, recreation, river, wetland
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:2540
Deposited By: Azura Baharudin
Deposited On:20 Apr 2007 03:47
Last Modified:23 Jan 2011 12:28

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