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Green infrastructure network as social spaces for well-being of urban residents in Taiping, Malaysia

Mansor, Mazlina and Said, Ismail (2008) Green infrastructure network as social spaces for well-being of urban residents in Taiping, Malaysia. In: International Conference on Environmental Research and Technology (ICERT 2008), 28 – 30 May 2008,, Parkroyal Penang, Malaysia.

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Abstract

Green infrastructure network is greenery and open spaces linked by streets, waterways and drainage ways around and between urban areas, at all spatial scales. It is a network of greenery that provides 'green lung' for a city and promotes healthy society and enriches human quality of life. The quality of life is gained through physical, cognitive and social interactions of urban residents where provision of greenery and open spaces network for recreational, social and leisure activities are vital for these functioning. This paper presents a preliminary study on the roles of green infrastructure network as social spaces for well-being of urban residents in Taiping, a town in central Peninsular Malaysia. Physical, cognitive and social responses of 32 residents on the green infrastructure were elicited. A large percentage of residents (91%) participated in recreational activities with the greenery and open spaces allowing mobility and active living, thus trigger many positive moods such as feeling serene, cheerful, relaxation, comfort and restful. The physical experiences are associated with social interactions of residents in the open spaces that stimulate community integration and empowerment affording sense of harmony, bonding and attachment to the town. Inasmuch, the town park was a landmark that permits many positive emotional feelings. The study suggests that the characteristics and experience of the green network resulted in progressive physical, cognitive and social functioning of urban residents, hence, offering well-being.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:well-being, green infrastructure, open spaces, town
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:6793
Deposited By: Mr Syahrul Hasni Hasnan
Deposited On:16 Mar 2009 06:38
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 15:47

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