Fronting the back lane of heritage street: case study of Petaling Street

Chua, S. and Ahmad, Y. (2021) Fronting the back lane of heritage street: case study of Petaling Street. Planning Malaysia, 19 (4). pp. 292-303. ISSN 16756215, DOI

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Back lanes are ubiquitously found in every city as they are a required component according to the by-laws. The intention of back lane is to serve as a service road and consequently society tends to neglect and had led to a forgotten public space due to its lack of maintenance. Thus, this has discouraged the pedestrian movement as it is unsafe because the laneway is mainly hidden from public eye. Therefore, it became a space for undesirable activities to be taken place especially for hoodlums. In line with the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Master Plan 2015-2025, that gives emphasise to revitalise forgotten spaces, this research looks into the issues of back lanes in Petaling Street with the aims to unlock its potentials. The study adopted a qualitative approach through 2 phases. The first phase is through literature review to study and understand its historical background follows by site observation through photographs and recording of the site existing conditions. The second phase is through interviews with urban planning experts and business owners to discuss the historical value, issues and parameters to revitalize the back lane. The outcome of the research divulges that revitalization of back lane and shifting the front façade to the back lane or adapting to a double façade are able to greet the public with new urban social spaces and that tenants are able to utilize and give it a new meaning. © 2021 by MIP.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alleyway; Back lane; Cultural heritage; Pedestrian; Revitalization
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of the Built Environment > Department of Architecture
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2023 14:00
Last Modified: 27 Dec 2023 14:00

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