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The variants and meanings of Malay motif ornamentation in the urban context: a case study of Putrajaya

Kamarudin, Zumahiran and Jahn Kassim, Puteri Shireen and Abdullah, Alias (2020) The variants and meanings of Malay motif ornamentation in the urban context: a case study of Putrajaya. Planning Malaysia, 18 (2). pp. 219-230. ISSN 1675-6215 E-ISSN 0128-0945

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Abstract

As Malaysia’s new satellite city, types of Malay motif and meanings in Putrajaya have been abstracted and used as design motifs and ornamentation for the quest of local identity. However, it is uncertain whether the placement of such components, which is sometimes difficult to comprehend, gives the premises a sense of identity. Therefore, this study aims to identify the variants, meanings and applications of these motifs in the ornamentation of public buildings in the urban context leading to its character and identity formation. The researchers had conducted on-site surveys and photographic documentation, and semi-structured interviews for data collection. Using Putrajaya as a case study, a visual descriptive and interpretative analyses was undertaken to analyse the underlying basis in terms of various plants from natural surrounding and transformations into the new depiction of motifs. The analyses revealed two distinctive types of Malay motifs depictions found in the building components with the tangible and intangible qualities that articulate their compositional order. The Malay urban character involves the depictions of abstract motifs incorporating local Malay cultural elements. Plant-based motifs dominate the ornamentation, which have its meaning and characteristics. The physical and practical nomenclatures of the motifs are indicators of continuity of tradition in the urban buildings. Further research is necessary to investigate the people’s perception of these abstracted motifs as ornamentation in the interior and exterior spaces of the public buildings.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2615/80535
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ornamentation, Malay motif, public building, Putrajaya
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA100 Architecture and the state
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 Applied Arts and Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Urban & Regional Planning
Depositing User: Zumahiran Kamarudin
Date Deposited: 20 May 2020 11:33
Last Modified: 20 May 2020 11:34
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/80535

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