Native regionalism in development of sustainable resort in Malaysia

Zuhairuse M D Darus, Siti Nurhidayah Abdul Manan, Nor Atikah Hashim, Roslan Saat, Azami Zaharim, Mohd. Zaidi Omar

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Abstract

Current growth in the tourism industry especially in the South East Asia region has sparked the emergence of various resort amenities to cater for the tourists' needs. In vying for the influx of tourists, tourism spots and destinations such as Bali, Phuket and Langkawi and other resort locations in the region, strive to offer tourists a more culturally sensitive form of travel accommodation. These infamous tourism and resort destinations has distinctively portrayed the exquisiteness of the traditional regional architecture as its prime development concept and resort identity. This uniqueness interpreted an authentic aesthetical values and strong ethnic cultural influence which is often translated into a concept known as 'authentic regionalism'. The exquisiteness of the traditional Malay architecture, known as Malay vernacular architecture, symbolizes decades of richness of the Malays' cultural heritage, creativities and civilization. Traditional Malay designs interpreted strong aesthetical values and cultural influence, which are relatively patterned from the Malays' creative attitudes together with their sensitivities and intimate relationships with their surroundings. In other words, the industry strive to offer an environment as 'local' as possible without sacrificing creature comforts. This paper will cover element of regionalism, approach, issue and character in the tourism Architecture in Malaysia. It will also presents the analyses primarily in regards of construction materials adapted in the development of resorts in Malaysia as the fundamentals for sustainable development and how successful the adaptation is in representing the Malay vernacular architecture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1109-1119
Number of pages11
JournalWSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development
Volume4
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

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Keywords

  • Aesthetical
  • Architecture
  • Culture
  • Development
  • Regionalism
  • Sustainable development
  • Tourism

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
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Native regionalism in development of sustainable resort in Malaysia. / Darus, Zuhairuse M D; Manan, Siti Nurhidayah Abdul; Hashim, Nor Atikah; Saat, Roslan; Zaharim, Azami; Omar, Mohd. Zaidi.

In: WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development, Vol. 4, No. 12, 12.2008, p. 1109-1119.

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Darus, Zuhairuse M D ; Manan, Siti Nurhidayah Abdul ; Hashim, Nor Atikah ; Saat, Roslan ; Zaharim, Azami ; Omar, Mohd. Zaidi. / Native regionalism in development of sustainable resort in Malaysia. In: WSEAS Transactions on Environment and Development. 2008 ; Vol. 4, No. 12. pp. 1109-1119.
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