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The influence of culture on the street space in three cities in Tamil Nadu, India : Chennai, Pondicherry and Madurai

Chan, Diana Yian Lian (2009) The influence of culture on the street space in three cities in Tamil Nadu, India : Chennai, Pondicherry and Madurai. Masters thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Built Environment.


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‘Think of a city and what comes to mind? It is the streets. If a city’s streets look interesting the city looks interesting; if they look dull, the city looks dull (Jacobs, 1961). Street life is not only of contemporary interest. The appearance of city streets was recorded by artists and architects of the Renaissance including Perruzzi, Bramante, Michelangelo, and Piranesi (Bacon, 1969). The interest continues as street activities is photographed and recorded in writings, movies, etc. A developing country of rich, diverse culture like Incredible India certainly fascinates us with incredible streets. The multifunctional structure of the Indian street provides an admixture of overlapping spaces that merge public and private, work and leisure, and holy and profane activities (Edensor, 1998). This research examine the culture of the Indian streets in Tamil Nadu: Chennai, Pondicherry, and Madurai, to provide a contrast to the routine and predictable modern day streets and its urban design, with the Indian streets which is less regulated yet express strongly vibrant street life, revealing the Indian people’s way of life. The key principle during the field study and the analysis that follows is to understand the social system, culture and belief system of the studied context, in order to understand and comprehend their behavior on the streets and the use of street space. This research will enhance the understanding of the actual function of space which can be used as reference data for urban design, to be responsive in specific cultural context, such as the Indian streets in Tamil Nadu.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information:Supervisor : Assoc. Prof. Dr. Syed Zainol Abidin Idid; Thesis (Sarjana Sains (Rekabentuk Bandar)) - Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2009
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:18349
Deposited By: Kamariah Mohamed Jong
Deposited On:26 Aug 2021 15:30
Last Modified:26 Aug 2021 15:31

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