Perception of Pre-War Shophouse Owners towards the Conservation of Pre-War Shophouses in George Town, Penang

Kayan, Moey Sui Min:Rodiah Zawawi:Brit (0018) Perception of Pre-War Shophouse Owners towards the Conservation of Pre-War Shophouses in George Town, Penang. Journal of Design and Built Environment.

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Abstract

Pre-war shophouses make up most of George Towns built environment and are both home and work place for most of the residents living there. An understanding of the residents perception towards the conservation of pre-war shophouses is needed in order to produce a set of conservation guidelines which is practical and comprehensible to the general public. Therefore, this paper aims to evaluate the perception of pre-war shophouse owners towards the conservation of pre-war shophouses based on existing conservation guidelines in George Town, Penang. Firstly, literature related to the conservation of shophouses in George Town was critically reviewed. A structured survey was then carried out by interviewing owners and tenants of pre-war shophouses along Campbell Street, George Town, Penang. The survey evaluated the perceptions of pre-war shophouse owners towards the conservation of pre-war shophouses and also their awareness towards existing conservation guidelines. The survey showed positive reaction by owners and tenants of pre-war shophouses towards the conservation movement and to the conservation of their shophouses. The survey also brought up a few problems faced by these owners and tenants of pre-war shophouses after the inscription of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now that the conservation of heritage buildings is gaining momentum, an examination of the problems and needs of the owners of pre-war shophouses can lead to the creation of a comprehensive guideline or manual to aid them in the conservation of their heritage pre-war shophouses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: heritage shophouse, conservation, perception
Depositing User: MR. ADNAN YAHYA
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 0018
Last Modified: 15 Oct 0018
URI: http://repository.um.edu.my/id/eprint/115869

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