Attributes of Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI) and its Use by Young Adults in Kuala Lumpur City
Keywords:Urban green infrastructure (UGI), Recreation, Leisure, Healthy lifestyle
Attachment to indoor activities has implications for young people in a city, such as sedentary behaviour. It may be the cause of the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Nature in a city, i.e. Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI) is vital to overcome these issues. It acts as a reinforcement to promote healthy lifestyles. The study explores young people’s use and favourable attributes that attract them to UGI. A survey of young people (n=1397) was conducted in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. Safety, nature, cleanliness and design aspects are the attributes that UGI needs to reduce the sedentary indoor lifestyle of young people.
Keywords: Urban green infrastructure (UGI); Recreation; Leisure; Healthy lifestyle
eISSN: 2398-4287 © 2020. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BYNC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.
Ayeghi, A., & Ujang, N. (2014). The impact of physical features on user attachment to Kuala Lumpur, 3(3), 44–59.
Bishop, K., & Said, I., (2017). Challenges of Participatory Qualitative Research in a Malaysian and Australian Hospital. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, 2(4), 1-11.
Abd Latif, R., Nor, M. M., & Omar-fauzee, M. S. (2011). Influence of recreational facilities among adolescents towards leisure time physical activity (LTPA). Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, 37–46.
Agosto, D. E., & Hughes-Hassell, S. (2005). People, places, and questions: An investigation of the everyday life information-seeking behaviors of urban young adults. Library and Information Science Research, 27(2), 141–163.
Chiu, L. K., Yusof, M. M., Fauzee, M. S. O., Othman, A. T., Aman, M. S., Elumalai, G., & Ali, H. M. (2016). Examining sport and physical activity participation, motivations and barriers among young Malaysians. Asian Social Science, 12(1), 159.
Danis, A., Sidek, S., & Yusof, S. M. (2014). Environmental characteristics influences on physical activity among overweight adolescents: Urban neighbourhood parks. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 153, 402–409
Drygas, W., Kwaśniewska, M., Kaleta, D., & Ruszkowska-Majzel, J. (2008). Increasing recreational and leisure time physical activity in Poland - How to overcome barriers of inactivity. Journal of Public Health, 16(1), 31–36.
Duzenli T, Bayramoglu E, Özbilen A (2010). Needs and preferences of adolescents in open urban spaces. J. Scientific, Res. Essay 5(2):201- 216.
Jeevendran, K. U. (2018). Sampai bila usia lebih 40 pun masih kategori belia? Malaysia Gazette. Retrieved Dec 5, 2019, from http://malaysiagazette.com/blog/2018/07/04/sampai-bila-usia-lebih-40-pun-masih-kategori-belia/
JPBD (1997). Standards for Planning of Recreation Ground. Ministry of Housing and Local Government., Malaysia.
Kaczynski, A. T., Potwarka, L. R., & Saelens, B. E. (2008). Association of park size, distance, and features with physical activity in neighbourhood parks. American Journal of Public Health, 98 (8), 1451-1456.
Khairuddin, S. A., Mohd Yunos, M. Y., Mydin, M. A. O, Ujang, N. (2015). Youth preference of extreme parks design in urban areas. Advance in Environmental Biology, 9(4), 197-200.
Latifiyan, M., & Salavati, M. (2015). Environment designing considering the needs of youth according to Abraham Maslow’s needs case study: District 9 of Isfahan City, 9(1), 8–17.
Maruthaveeran, S., & van den Bosh, C. K. (2015). Fear of crime in urban parks–What the residents of Kuala Lumpur have to say?. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 14(3), 702-713.
McCormack, G. R., Rock, M., Toohey, A. M., & Hignell, D. (2010). Characteristics of urban parks associated with park use and physical activity: A review of qualitative research. Health and Place, 16(4), 712–726.
Mohamad Idham, R., Nur Elimtiaz, A., Mohd Azmil, M. Y., Siti Rosnita, S., & Khalijah, M. N. (2014). Spending trends among youth in Malaysia. Journal of Economics and Development Studies, 2(1), 277–288.
Qidwai, W., Ishaque, S., Shah, S., & Rahim, M. (2010). Adolescent lifestyle and behaviour: A survey from a developing country. PloS one, 5(9), e12914.
Rahim, S. A., Kadir, N. B. Y. A., Mahmud, W. A. W., Mohamed, R. H., & Kee, C. P. (2011). Media time vs active time: Leisure time among the youth in disadvantaged community. International Journal of Human and Social Sciences, 6(3), 153-158.
Ramli¹, S. A., Samah, B. A., Samah, A. A., Idris, K., & Shaffril¹, H. A. M. (2017). Urban youth subjective well-being in Malaysia: Potential factors. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 7(4), 2222-6990.
Ries, A. V., Yan, A. F., & Voorhees, C. C. (2011). The neighborhood recreational environment and physical activity among urban youth: An examination of public and private recreational facilities. Journal of Community Health, 36(4), 640–649.
Rosilawati Zainol, S. L. M. (2011). The use of GIS application in identifying youth recreational area in Subang Jaya, Selangor. Proceedings REAL CORP 2011, 6(May), 1019–1028.
Salimin, N., Elumalai, G., Shahril, M. I., & Subramaniam, G. (2015). The effectiveness of 8 weeks physical activity program among obese students. Procedia-Social and Behavioral Sciences, 195, 1246-1254.
Seaman, P.J., Jones, R. & Ellaway, A (2010). It’s not just about the park, it’s about integration too: why people choose to use or not use urban greenspaces. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 7,78. https://ijbnpa.biomedcentral.com
Sharifudin (2015). Taman rekreasi mangsa vandalism, Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved Dec. 25, 2019, from: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/wilayah/kl-putrajaya/taman-rekreasi-mangsa-vandalisme-1.98783
Teh, C. H., Lim, K. K., Chan, Y. Y., Lim, K. H., Azahadi, O., Akmar, A. H., & Fadhli, Y. (2014). The prevalence of physical activity and its associated factors among Malaysian adults: findings from the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2011. Public health, 128(5), 416-423.
Teo, P. S., Nurul Fadhilah, A., Aziz, M. E., Hills, A. P., & Foo, L. H. (2014). Lifestyle practices and obesity in Malaysian adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(6), 5828–5838.
Thomée, S., Lissner, L., Hagberg, M., & Grimby-Ekman, A. (2015). Leisure time computer use and overweight development in young adults- a prospective study. BMC Public Health, 15, 839.
Videnović, M., Pešić, J., & Plut, D. (2010). Young people's leisure time: Gender differences. Psihologija, 43(2), 199-214.
Wight, V. R., Price, J., Bianchi, S. M., & Hunt, B. R. (2009). The time use of teenagers. Social Science Research, 38(4), 792–809.
Zulkia, D. R., Zainol, R., Zainol, N., & Nordin, N. A. (2014). Factors Determining Youth’ s Recreational Behaviour and its Effects on Body Mass Index ( BMI ), 5(2), 1–11.
How to Cite
eISSN: 2398-4287 © Year. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/). Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.