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Title: Integrating urban landscape resources into the urban planning systems in Malaysia, with a special reference to the use of GIS
Author: Zen, Ismawi Bin Hj
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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From a modest beginning as practical steps for fire prevention in the 1890s, urban planning in Malaysia has matured into a profession concerned with all aspects of development. As in many other developing countries, there are many problems and issues that need almost immediate and simultaneous attention. With limited resources, emphasis has tended to be on socio-economic goals. In the process environmental aspects such as landscape resources have not been given due consideration. The loss of much of these resources as the result of a rapid urban development highlights the need for a new approach to be adopted. The thesis discusses the need for a model to ensure that the concerns of these resources are fully integrated into the urban planning process, and for an approach that must allow for the development of a systematic landscape resources inventory, its presentation and analysis. The dynamic nature of urban development means that the system must also be able to incorporate almost daily updating and analysis. The versatility of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is well placed to serve this purpose. The study starts with an understanding of the importance of the various landscape resources within the historic Kuala Lumpur Old Town, proceeding to sketch a model that would help to integrate these resources into the existing urban planning system. Using ARC/INFO software, the model demonstrates in sketch outline and by example typical variables of an urban landscape database for Kuala Lumpur Old Town. Using the available planning data applied to 3 case studies. The first of these looks at the Bukit Nenas Forest Reserve, the second at the Kelang-Gombak Rivers Corridor, and the third at the so-called colonial shophouses.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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