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Enlivening the mosque as a public space for social sustainability of traditional Malay settlements

Jaffar, Najiha and Harun, Nor Zalina and Abdullah, Alias (2020) Enlivening the mosque as a public space for social sustainability of traditional Malay settlements. Planning Malaysia, 18 (2). pp. 145-157. ISSN 1675-6215 E-ISSN 0128-0945

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Abstract

Public spaces are vital elements of settlement fabrics that animate communities together in one place. Nevertheless, most public places are used for recreational purposes only without building on communal activities, especially in religious aspects. Therefore, to achieve robust social sustainability, this study aims to identify the key indicators for ensuring social sustainability of traditional settlements’ public spaces. This study explores the typologies of public spaces found in traditional settlements that fill the needs of the local community. A mixed methodology was used to map and observe the public spaces and the communal activities held in two traditional Malay settlements in Kuala Terengganu. The bulk of the data were randomly collected from 400 residents by using a questionnaire survey to identify the most relevant factors that influence social sustainability. The results show that mosques have been listed as the highest preference of public space in the two sampled settlements. The study outlines three key qualities that lead the community to choose the mosque as the most important public space: 1) convenient access, 2) comfortable and clean, and 3) social aspects. This paper concludes on how these findings contribute to the improvement of quality of life, social interaction and social cohesion to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) globally.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2572/80530
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mosque, Public Spaces, Third Place, Traditional Malay Settlement, Social Sustainability
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA4100 Special classes of buildings > NA4590 Religious buildings
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Depositing User: Prof. Dato' Dr. Alias Abdullah
Date Deposited: 20 May 2020 10:55
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2020 11:21
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/80530

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