Peoples’ choices and behaviour in urban streets / Norhafizah Abdul Rahman, Shuhana Shamsuddin and Tim Heath

Abdul Rahman, Norhafizah and Shamsuddin, Shuhana and Heath, Tim (2012) Peoples’ choices and behaviour in urban streets / Norhafizah Abdul Rahman, Shuhana Shamsuddin and Tim Heath. In: 1st International Conference on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Built Environment 2012 (ICITSBE 2012), 16-17 April 2012, Universiti Teknologi MARA Cawangan Perak.

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Abstract

The street is a vital part of the public space in urban areas that cater for users’ functional, social and leisure
needs. Currently, in Malaysia there has been a growing concern towards promoting streets that are friendly to
all users. This is because there are not many examples of street environments that are friendly and
accommodating to the users. Based on previous research, people are more ready to walk than today in the case
of improved public spaces. In order to ensure the successful design of urban street, the understanding of street’s characteristics and qualities and users’ activities on the street are important. The research examines the
concept of ‘user-friendly street’ in the context of Malaysian town centre. The primary concern of the research is
to study the needs of the users that contribute to the use of streets and their livability in the urban areas of
Malaysia. There are two complementary research methods used in this research, namely field study and survey.
A single case study was applied in this study. The case study chosen is one of the main shopping streets in Kuala
Lumpur and is selected based on the physical, functional and socio cultural characteristics of the street. The
inventory of the case study is based on field observations of activities using schedule checklists, photographs
and maps procedures. In this research, users’ perceptions element was obtained through a sample survey of
daily users, occasional users and non-users. The research has found that there are variations in the users’
perception towards the factors and attributes that contribute to user-friendly street between different types of users and socio backgrounds. The streets were not only used by the users based on physical and functional
qualities but also based on the meaning. It is expected that the findings will improve our understanding of what
we consider to be the public realm in terms of the physical characteristics and qualities that support the user’s
friendly built environments. This will help the designers, urban planners and policy makers to understand the
needs and attitudes of users towards the concept of a user-friendly street in Malaysia.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Abdul Rahman, Norhafizah
norha776@perak.uitm.edu.my
Shamsuddin, Shuhana
shuhana@ic.utm.my
Heath, Tim
tim.heath@nottingham.ac.uk
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology > City planning
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology > Regional planning
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology > Regional planning > Malaysia
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > Space (Architecture). Public spaces
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Perak > Seri Iskandar Campus
Event Title: 1st International Conference on Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Built Environment 2012 (ICITSBE 2012)
Event Dates: 16-17 April 2012
Page Range: pp. 873-881
Item ID: 43482
Uncontrolled Keywords: Peoples’ choices and behavior, urban street, Malaysian context.
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/43482

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