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Initiatives and intervention in promoting pedestrianization in the historic city of Melaka, Malaysia - page 17 / 21





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The success of a place depends entirely on the activities, form and image of the built form. Since the study area has the prerequisite elements that can attract people to appreciate the context, it is the function of the local authority to provide the necessary intervention to make the place much more responsive. The most urgent need for the place is to provide a continuous pedestrian system where permeability and comfort is achieved. An alternative way to achieve this is by linking the covered walkways to become unobstructed verandahways for pedestrians (Figure 12).

Figure12 Illustrates the relation between pedestrian walkways, the five-foot verandah way and spaces inside the building. The walls of the shophouses have been punched through to provide continuous mobility under a shaded verandahway for pedestrians. Pedestrians can also rest and mingle as they walk along the five-foot walkway.

This is only possible if the porches of the shophouses are aligned on a straight path and the dividing walls can be demolished to create openings. Where this intervention is not possible, a pedestrian footpath should be provided along the streets with a clear demarcation of the functions. The need to reduce the width of the street and allocate ample space for pedestrian walkways will be highly responsive, as it creates active street fronts and reduces vehicular traffic. It would be ideal if both the verandahway and the uncovered pedestrianway co-exist side-by-side and aligned with trees that provide natural shade from the sun (Figure 13). The demarcation of spatial territory that defines the five-foot way of the shophouse verandah, the open pedestrian path and the street will elevate pedestrian movements to a priority level (Figure 14).

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