Choosing Tree for Urban Fabric: Role of Landscape Architect


  • Ramly Hasan Post Graduate Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Noriah Othman Centre of Studies for Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  • Faridah Ismail Centre of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia



Urban fabric, environmental constraints, process, landscape architect


This study explored the role of landscape architect in choosing trees for urban fabric. Two objectives have been formulated (i) to examine the process in selecting tree species among landscape architects and (ii) to determine the relationship between process and environmental constraints in selecting tree species for urban fabric. The findings showed that certain criteria of the environmental constraints are positively correlated and have strong relationship with tree selection process. The role of landscape architect is pertinent in tree selection. The findings of this research will contribute to process improvement in selecting tree species by landscape architects in the future.



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How to Cite

Hasan, R., Othman, N., & Ismail, F. (2018). Choosing Tree for Urban Fabric: Role of Landscape Architect. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 3(7), 199–207.

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