The Role of ‘Sense of Place’ in the Revitalisation of Heritage Street: George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Authors

  • Aidatul Fadzlin Bakri Centre of Studies for Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kampus Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Mike Robinson Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom
  • Zalina Samadi Centre of Studies for Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Kampus Puncak Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Helle Jørgensen Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v6i18.3080

Abstract

In revitalising heritage sites, understanding ‘sense of place’ is important as it represents a layering of histories, tangible heritage, and intangible heritage. This study examines the relationship between local communities and the cultural heritage in George Town World Heritage Site, Malaysia. Semi-structured interviews with local communities, observations and digital photo analysis were conducted. It is in the intricacies of intangible heritage practices and their authentic expression, the local communities feel attached to and claim ownership of the place. Understanding this and how it translates into the site's stewardship is critical in protecting its value, management, and ongoing revitalisation.

Keywords: Sense of Place; Urban Revitalisation; Heritage Street; World Heritage Site

eISSN: 2398-4287© 2021. 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/Africans/Arabians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v6i18.3080

Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

Bakri, A. F. ., Robinson, M., Samadi, Z., & Jørgensen, H. (2021). The Role of ‘Sense of Place’ in the Revitalisation of Heritage Street: George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 6(18), 305-312. https://doi.org/10.21834/ebpj.v6i18.3080