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Flat layout and children outdoor activities

Abdul Aziz, Azhan and Ahmad, Abdullah Sani (2011) Flat layout and children outdoor activities. Asian Journal of Behavioral Studies (ajE-Bs), 2 (4). pp. 51-62. ISSN 1394-0384

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In Malaysia’s urban peripheries, where residential development still has room to expand, walk up flats have become a popular form of low cost housing because of their relatively low construction and maintenance costs to match the required demand of the increasing urban poor. In this housing type, standardization and spatial efficiency results in minimum dwelling space, causing life to spill to the outdoors which then become vital social space for children. Appropriations of the space are an integral part of children’s growing up and social experiences. The paper explores the differences in children outdoor activities near the homes in relation to the different low cost flat layouts through a comparative observational study. Different flat configurations were found to offer different spatial affordances for children’s social experiences which could inform design decisions.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:outdoor space, children activities
Subjects:N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:39819
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:21 Jul 2014 13:27
Last Modified:28 Jan 2019 11:54

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