Rooftop Garden Development In Iskandar, Malaysia: Growth And Perception
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M. R. Maryanti, Z. Z. Ainur, P. W. Tan, M. Y. Norhidayah, H. Khadijah, M. N. Razali, A. L. Maslinda
The rooftop garden is a part of sustainable development aspirations that modifies the modern landscape and has growing potential in property markets worldwide. However, it is considered new in Malaysia. Although this development is growing especially in the urban areas such as Klang Valley, the contribution of this concept is only seen as an addition to the open space provision for property development with limited land area. Considering this situation, this study attempts to examine the current growth of this concept particularly in Iskandar Malaysia. Twenty property developers have been selected and interviewed and the results have been analyzed qualitatively. Among the property developers, 11 of them have included the rooftop garden concept in 14 of their service apartment projects. Based on the interview, this preference was driven by their awareness of the benefits of the rooftop garden to the environment and occupants. Meanwhile, the non-preference of the other nine developers on this concept was due to the development costs that may indirectly affect property price. The outcome of this study concludes that the development of the rooftop garden concept is growing steadily in Malaysia. However, high cost in its development and maintenance has become one of the major barriers of its implementation and expansion in Malaysia.
rooftop garden, growth, perception, developer