Traditional Streetscape Adaptability: Urban gentrification and endurance of business


  • Arif Budi Sholihah Sholihah Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers (AMER). Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians (ABRA). Centre for Environment Behaviour Studies (cE-Bs), Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Tim Heath



This paper attempts to assess the adaptability quality of Malioboro Street and district related to the physical and functional transformation as part of the urban negotiation and response to the ever changing environment of Indonesian cities. The street was qualitatively measured utilising field observations including physical mapping, behavioural mapping and in-depth interviews. The finding shows urban gentrification may lead to the transformation of physical and building use, which results in the changes of Kampong plot pattern and character of a traditional streetscape, people displacement and the sustenance of the local economy.  

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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.

Keywords: traditional street; adaptability; gentrification; Indonesia


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How to Cite

Sholihah, A. B. S., & Heath, T. (2016). Traditional Streetscape Adaptability: Urban gentrification and endurance of business. Environment-Behaviour Proceedings Journal, 1(4), 132-141.



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