Wan Ahmad Nizar, Wan Iffah
(2020) LITTLE STREETS AND HIDDEN ROUTES: A STUDY ON ALLEYS OF KUALA LUMPUR CITY CENTRE. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Liverpool.

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Alleys have been part of Kuala Lumpur’s urban form and an integral part of its landscape infrastructure for centuries. Until now, the urban form is synonymous to danger, filth, waste and crimes, unappealing to the public; due to underutilization and the lack of proper regulation to ensure efficient use of the urban corridors. The interest in rejuvenating the alleys is rapidly increasing, however, literatures and studies on the subject are evidently lacking – on alleys within mixed-use establishments and especially for Kuala Lumpur’s record and data of its alleys and users. The study follows the guiding question of what are the elements that help enhance the use of alleys in Kuala Lumpur pivoting on its two uses; transitional space and / or social space. Accordingly, the study investigates the current condition of alleys in the city, factors that impact the functioning and its roles and characteristics as part of the street network hierarchy. These findings discuss walkability and alleys’ significance in the urban fabric as the key assets to public vitality and communal activity in Kuala Lumpur, creating ‘urban pockets’ – collective interaction space in experiencing the city. Focusing on understanding this interstitial space and its potentials, with hopes to improve the spatial quality of the city, the study aims to identify the elements that influence the use of alleys by mapping, documenting, and recording the current status of alleys and user responses. As such, the thesis develops a triangulation of methodology in studying the alleys; 1) Network Analaysis, 2) Local Morphological Study of Individual alleys, and 3) Perception Study. It pays particular attention to physical characteristics, perception and image and personal and cultural dynamics, which will ultimately affect the use of alleys in Kuala Lumpur. The triangulation then analysed to get a classification of alleys based on four uses; 1) Transitional use, 2) Social Use, 3) Mixed Use, and 4) Service Use or Not Used. It also gives the study a list of key elements that influence the use of alleys and an overview of the impact of multi-culturality on the use of the interstitial space. And finally, the categorization and the key influencers enable the study to present general approaches and give recommendations in both policies and guidelines in relation to alleys and design strategies to create walkable place, facilitate richer levels of social interaction and place making as the basis to assist policy makers, urban planners, designers and architects. The improved maze-like network of the alleys would be a treat not only to the locals in regaining their sense of place and community, but also to the travellers and tourists who seek to explore the city.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy)
Uncontrolled Keywords: alleys, kuala lumpur
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2021 15:29
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2024 02:30
DOI: 10.17638/03105328