Influencing Factors On Place Attachment In Riverbanks: A Case Study Of Malaysia


The development plan of riverbanks often changes over time, and the physical environment of the riverbank indirectly affect the place identity. Physical changes of a place may contribute to reduce the place attachment and meaning of the place. In the setting of urban design, some debates led to the physical component of interest and activity to develop atmosphere and place identity, but research on open space areas has received less consideration. Thus, this study focused on the place attachment and the influencing factors in the context of open space along riverbanks. Surveys were conducted on a sample of 330 respondents of selected two study areas, namely Kuching Waterfront in Sarawak and Lumut Waterfront in Perak. The results show that the place attachment affects user’s perception of public space at the riverbank. The results further indicate that the form and the level of engagement of the attachment, and user familiarity with the place are the most influencing factors on place attachment. Therefore, this study as an addition to the human relationship with the place and give important implications to architects, urban designers and urban planners to produce a better and well-organised open space.

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Marzbali, M. H., & Isa*, M. I. B. (2020). Influencing Factors On Place Attachment In Riverbanks: A Case Study Of Malaysia. In P. A. J. Wahid, P. I. D. A. Aziz Abdul Samad, P. D. S. Sheikh Ahmad, & A. P. D. P. Pujinda (Eds.), Carving The Future Built Environment: Environmental, Economic And Social Resilience, vol 2. European Proceedings of Multidisciplinary Sciences (pp. 726-732). Future Academy.