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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. Procedia Environmental Sciences, 28. pp. 528-537. ISSN 1878-0296

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Place meaning was created by people throughout their gradual experience of the place. Some will have deep and meaningful while some with a pale and meaningless. Place meaning has an intertwined relationship with place attachment where both involved with 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 a historical public space in two historical cities in Malaysia. Two historical public spaces with different fate and state were 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 showed that both groups discussed the sense of rootedness toward the public space in a very positive term. They evaluated its distinct character in term of long engagement, historic 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 one of regret that it could not be 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 conclude that both public spaces constitutes an important aspect of resident‘s place identity and belongingness which enabling them to simultaneously remain connected to it.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3640/48602
Uncontrolled Keywords: place meaning; place familiarity; identity; belongingness, rootedness, historic public space
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA2542.35 Environmental aspect of architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA190 History
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: Nurul Syala Abdul Latip
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 10:28
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 17:26
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/48602

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