Planners' perspectives on governing and producing sustainable cities in Malaysia

Tedong, Peter Aning and Abd Aziz, Wan Nor Azriyati Wan and Zyed, Zafirah Al-Sadat (2021) Planners' perspectives on governing and producing sustainable cities in Malaysia. Social Indicators Research, 153 (3). pp. 1197-1214. ISSN 0303-8300, DOI

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Since the mid-1990s, sustainable principles have been embedded in Malaysia's development plans. The assumption has been that policies, programs, and plans that promote good communities-requiring a mix of housing types, uses, and densities-will produce sustainability. This study examines planning policies and interviews data with local planners to understand the challenges in interpreting and implementing a sustainability agenda in practice. The findings of the study suggest that although planners use various strategies and mechanisms to achieve sustainable cities, problems and barriers limit efforts to produce sustainable cities. Planners have reached a consensus on the need to improve current practice in producing sustainable cities and find effective solutions to deliver good governance practices. The weak commitment of different agencies and leadership, and limited staff resources and unnecessary political intervention, mean that planners in Malaysia face increasing challenges when implementing sustainable cities.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya under the Bantuan Kecil Penyelidikan (BKP) research grant (BK053-2015)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable cities; Governance; Planners; Plans; Malaysia
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 25 May 2022 01:14
Last Modified: 25 May 2022 01:14

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