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Bachelor of landscape architecture thesis: proposed landscape redevelopment for commercial riverside marketplace along Jalan Gambier at Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak

Bong, May Boon and Said, Ismail (2007) Bachelor of landscape architecture thesis: proposed landscape redevelopment for commercial riverside marketplace along Jalan Gambier at Kuching Waterfront, Sarawak. Other thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Landscape Architecture.

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Kuching's waterfront is a significant commercial area where trading activities concentrated along Main Bazaar and Gambier Street areas on the south bank, with the Astana and Malay villages around it on the north bank of Sarawak River. This project studies the landscape redevelopment of the riverside marketplace to revitalize the environment for commercial, recreation and tourism benefits. The marketplace serves as public realm that displays local characters and helps to promote the place to outsider. However, the issue of duplication and homogenization of waterfronts have result the development do not fits well into the city and meets the needs of the people. Moreover, the marketplace faces traffic congestion, poor facilities and illegal structure construction, which disturbs the visual quality of the place. The main objective of this redevelopment proposal is to strengthen the commercial and recreational activities which reflects character, social, culture and identity of the place. The design considers visual character and quality of the place as a riverside marketplace. Social and cultural events and festivals as well as history and architecture of the place are the important aspects of the design. The design concept is festive market which represents the positive cultural traits, trading activities for seasonal and diurnal times displaying a variety of daily and local products in the colonial buildings, Chinese shop houses and also the new amenities provided. The master plan comprises of three zones including transition area, dry market and wet market that reflects different characters and functions in each location. The design applies a metaphor of ripple originating at a square (Teluk Sampan) and the development spreads to east and west in Dayak art motives. The wet market is comprised of meat and vegetable markets and a traditional market. At the traditional market the spatial arrangement is derived from longhouse architecture where the apartment and loft stand for the market historic building, the gallery (Ruai) and (Barok) stand for the semi open market stores, and the deck (Tanju) stand for the open spaces towards the river. In addition, the extension bridges enclosed the jetty that served as viewing platform and linkage to the promenade. Finally, the lookout tower as a focal point at (Teluk Sampan) allowed viewing vistas to all over the waterfront compound. This project will revitalize the waterfront, enhance the quality of life and meet the demand of healthy environment for public involvement.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Revitalize; commercial; waterfront; festive; culture
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:2557
Deposited By: Azura Baharudin
Deposited On:23 Apr 2007 06:01
Last Modified:17 Oct 2012 05:10

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