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Meaning of a public place: a story of Padang Pahlawan

Harun, Nor Zalina and Mansor, Mazlina and Said, Ismail (2013) Meaning of a public place: a story of Padang Pahlawan. In: 2013 ACLA International Symposium, 12-14 October 2013, Seoul National Univeristy, South Korea.

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This paper makes a case on how the existence of padang, a public place which is commonly found in most historic cities in Malaysia, develops place meaning and place attachment amongst residents. Using mixed method approach and reviews of literature across urban design and environmental psychology disciplines, a framework for the understanding the psychological dimensions of residents' interactions with padang is demonstrated. The primary data was obtained from face to face interview (n:441) and surveys (n:165)with users of Padang Pahlawan, a demolished padang in Melaka city,Malaysia. The findings show (a) three processes and levels of place meaning; (b) the association between place meaningand place attachment; and (c) how changes of place changed people's perception and meaning to particular places. The findings suggest that residents developed deep attachments to Padang Pahlawan however change of physical character and discontinuity of place experiences have altered its meaning. This study provides substantial aspects of peopleenvironment relationship and has important implications to the task of place creation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: 3640/32371
Uncontrolled Keywords: padang, place meaning, place attachment, changes, place disruption
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Landscape Architecture
Depositing User: Dr. Mazlina Mansor
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 16:40
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2021 00:54
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/32371

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