Waterfront Development within the Urban Design and Public Space Framework in Malaysia

  •  Ahmed Raad Al-Shams    
  •  Kamarudin Ngah    
  •  Zaherawati Zakaria    
  •  Nazni Noordin    
  •  Mohd Zool Hilmie Mohamed Sawal    


Historically, waterfronts developments have undergone various stages of development initiatives and become the most challenging tasks for planners and urban designers nowdays. It reflected a dynamic natural resources with special characteristics and regarded as the most important factors that influence the growth and image of the cities and had a significant impact on urbanization and modernization of the most cities in the near future, as experienced by most harbor cities in Europe, North America, Australasia, Japan and others. This paper attempts to understand the evolution of waterfront development within the framework of urban design and public spaces, as been practiced by Singapore and Turkey, and provided lesson to learn by taking Johor Bharu as a case. In future research, the urban studies on waterfronts will be important framework in cities development. The smart-partnership between local government and private should be more emphasized in order to achieve the world-class urban and cities development.

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