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Place rootedness suggesting the loss and survival of historical public spaces

Harun, Nor Zalina and Mansor, Mazlina and Said, Ismail (2015) Place rootedness suggesting the loss and survival of historical public spaces. In: The 5th Sustainable Future for Human Security (SustaiN 2014), 19-20 November 2014, Bali, Indonesia.

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Abstract

Place meaning was created by people throughout their gradual experience of the place. Some will have deep and meaningful while some are pale and meaningless. Place meaning has an intertwined relationship with place attachment, where both involve diverse and distinct physical properties and social attributes. This study aims to decode place rootedness as a salient dimension in the theory of place attachment. It seeks to search for a meaning of historical public space in two historical cities in Malaysia. Two historical public spaces with different fate and state are chosen as case study area. Seventy five residents were interviewed on their perceptual responses toward the survival of Padang Kota Lama and the loss of Padang Pahlawan. Results show that both groups discuss the sense of rootedness toward the public space in a very positive term. They evaluate its distinct characteristics in term of long engagement, historical events, and place for social interaction and important moment they had during childhood days. A persistent and deeply-felt concern expressed by all participants of Padang Pahlawan is their regret that it could not enjoyed and preserved as it should be. The finding from the survey also reveals that sense of rootedness is highly conceded with the sense of pride and fear of losing the historical public space which is developed through its high historical values and uniqueness. The study concludes that both public spaces constitute an important aspect of residents’ place identity and belongingness, which enable them to simultaneously remain connected to it.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3640/ 44925 Procedia Environmental Sciences 28 ( 2015 ) 528 – 537 ISSN:18780296 doi: 10.1016/j.proenv.2015.07.063
Uncontrolled Keywords: place meaning; place familiarity; identity; belongingness; rootedness; historic public space
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
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. Nor Zalina Harun
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2015 13:55
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 00:20
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/44925

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