Sustaining Old Historic Cities Through Heritage-led Regeneration
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S. Y. Said, S. S. Syed Zainal, M. G. Thomas & B. Goodey
Old cities in the developing nations, including Malaysia, currently face intensified urban problems as a result of rapid economic development and population growth. The emergence of new townships at the edge of many historic cities in Malaysia has affected the significant identity of these places. Urban conservation is seen as an important element for urban regeneration scheme in most historic areas as the vibrancy of a heritage site is only significant when its original community remains. The study covers theoretical and practical aspects of conservation practice and regeneration initiatives of historic cities, relevant to Malaysia, taking into consideration social, cultural, political, economic aspects and stakeholders’ aspirations. It seeks to explore whether the current practice facilitate in regenerating the economy of the areas to ensure the sustainable continuity of the local culture in the historic urban environment. Studies on Melaka and George Town reveal the importance of incorporating cultural, physical, economy and social factors in regeneration of these historic areas in Malaysia. Keywords: heritage-led regeneration, quality of life, sustainable historic city.
Keywords: heritage-led regeneration, quality of life, sustainable historic city.