Building opening design contributing to traditional streets' walkability character in Melaka historic city

Nor Haslina Ja`Afar, Nor Zalina Harun

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The street as a public space plays an essential role in representing the character of a city. Therefore, it is vital to create streets that are pedestrian friendly. However, rapid urbanisation has increased reliance on motorised modes of transport, especially in developing countries. This has created urban street environments unfriendly for walking, which diminishes the place character. This study thus aims to determine the ground-level building opening design concepts of the traditional street that promote street interaction via a case study of Jalan Tukang Besi, Jalan Tukang Emas, and Jalan Tokong in Melaka Historic City. The study applies a mixed-method approach with a survey, in-depth interviews of street users, observation, and review of historical documents to identify the character of the traditional street within the design of ground-level building opening. The findings reveal that the building opening design concept should correspond to the building function. The design concept for a commercial use building should be more transparent compared to a residential building, which is more private in character. The findings inform designers and planners on the importance of referring to our traditional street design and to apply the concepts in the design of new or existing streets, thereby preserving the local character.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-198
Number of pages11
JournalPlanning Malaysia
Volume16
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Keywords

  • Building opening
  • Character
  • Public space
  • Street design
  • Traditional street

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies

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Building opening design contributing to traditional streets' walkability character in Melaka historic city. / Ja`Afar, Nor Haslina; Harun, Nor Zalina.

In: Planning Malaysia, Vol. 16, No. 4, 01.01.2018, p. 188-198.

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