Historic streetscape characterization

Exploring the evolution of street in the Malay royal town

Wan Norisma Wan Ismail, Nor Haslina Ja`Afar, Nor Zalina Harun

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Towns have historically been organized around their streets. Streets is the city’s major public forum and its pattern is a major element of urban design. Streets in royal town often radiated from the nucleus of the town, which was usually the seat of political power or places of worship such as mosque or some structure of commercial or cultural significance such as the royal palace. The aim of this paper is to study the past and the present urban environment through a review of its traditional street within a historic royal town of Kuala Kangsar, Perak. It highlights the role of streets from the pre-colonial era to the present state. It also traces the transformation of physical elements which was influenced by the street pattern during the period of rapid urbanization as well as during colonial times in this heritage district. The study concludes that the role of traditional street in the Malay royal town that is rich with an intriguing mix of architectural styles is likely to have a significant impact on the overall appeal of a town. The morphological study shows that the evolution within the urban frame is influenced by the functions of the town and the geographical setting such as rivers. While the physical transformation reveals that street pattern and movement, buildings and architectural features, landscape character and natural elements and activities around the streets of royal town are associated with the character of towns built by the colonial rulers which manifests historic streetscapes with distinctive identities and characters. The outcome of this paper could be innovatively applied to contemporary municipalities where present-day planners should learn from urban heritage which greatly emphasizes the street as a public space.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-431
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering
Volume7
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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Historic streetscape characterization : Exploring the evolution of street in the Malay royal town. / Ismail, Wan Norisma Wan; Ja`Afar, Nor Haslina; Harun, Nor Zalina.

In: International Journal of Recent Technology and Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 6, 01.04.2019, p. 425-431.

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