Relocating home activities: spatial experiments in Malaysian apartment houses to accommodate the vernacular lifestyle

Seo, Kyung Wook, Ghani, Mimi Zaleha Abdul and Sarkom, Yazid (2021) Relocating home activities: spatial experiments in Malaysian apartment houses to accommodate the vernacular lifestyle. Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1346-7581 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13467581.2020.1869558

Abstract

To cope with the fast urbanisation and population growth, the public and private sector housing developments in Kuala Lumpur have prioritised the high-rise apartment building. After decades’ massive development, this housing type became the most dominant dwelling form in the city. For centuries, the traditional Malay house has evolved to suit to the vernacular lifestyle, but now the urban life mandates that people adapt themselves to this alien concrete house. This paper investigated the hidden cultural link between these two seemingly different house forms. Using graph-theoretic methods, we traced how old domestic activities were transferred to the modern housing and revealed how the old spatial order of front/back and high/low distinctions could be re-configured inside the high-rise apartment housing in a creative way by Malaysian architects. There have been frictions and compromises between the past and present, but the outcomes of this research clearly indicate that there exists a cultural DNA of Malay housing that guides the whole process of housing evolution.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This research is a part of the research project, “Development of Incremental SI (Structure-Infill) Housing for the Low-income Population in Malaysia” supported by the Newton Fund, Institutional Link Grant from the British Council (Application ID: 172733176).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Traditional Malay houses, apartment housing, spatial orders, gender roles, cultural DNA
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2021 14:49
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 14:09
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45310

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