Methodology for evaluating the landscape character of Malaysian heritage urban river corridors

Zainal Abidin, Nor Arbina & Lee, Gini (2011) Methodology for evaluating the landscape character of Malaysian heritage urban river corridors. In eddBE2011, 27 - 29 April 2011, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld.

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Abstract

The effects of rapid development have increased pressures on these places exacerbated by the competition between two key industry sectors, commercial base and tourism development. This, in supplement with urbanisation and industrialisation, has posted a high demand for the uses of these spaces.

The political scenario and lack of adaptation on ecological principles and public participations in its design approach have sparked stiff environmental, historical and cultural constraint towards its landscape character as well as the ecological system. Therefore, a holistic approach towards improving the landscape design process is extremely necessary to protect human well being, cultural, environmental and historical values of these places. Limited research also has been carried out to overcome this situation. This further has created an urgent need to explore better ways to improve the landscape design process of Malaysian heritage urban river corridor developments that encompass the needs and aspirations of the Malaysian multi-ethnic society without making any drastic changes to the landscape character of the rivers.

This paper presents a methodology to develop an advanced Landscape Character Assessment (aLCA) framework for evaluating the landscape character of the places, derived from the perception of two keys yet oppositional stakeholders: urban design team and special interest public. The triangulation of subjectivist paradigm methodologies: the psychophysical approach; the psychological approach; and, the phenomenological approach will be employed. The outcome will be used to improve the present landscape design process for future development of these places. Unless a range of perspectives can be brought to bear on enhancing the form and function of their future development and management, urban river corridors in the Malaysian context will continue to decline.

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ID Code: 41469
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Heritage urban river corridor, Landscape design process, Landscape character assessment, Landscape perception, Landscape character, Urban design team, Special interest public, Malaysia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 27 Apr 2011 22:06
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2011 13:12

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