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Practice of gated communities development in Malaysia: towards sustainable communities

Adnan, Nur Azhani and Arif, Norjariah and Shamsudin, Zarina and Md Ariffin, Khadijah and Osman, Marina and Sulaiman, Noralfishah (2014) Practice of gated communities development in Malaysia: towards sustainable communities. In: 7th International Real Estate Research Symposium (IRERS 2014), 29-30 April 2014, National Institute of Valuation (INSPEN), Putrajaya.


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Gated communities are residential areas developed within restricted access. In its modern form of provision, a gated community is a form of residential community of housing estate containing strictly-controlled entrances and often characterized by a close perimeter of wall or fences. Nowadays, it is obvious that a lot more of this type of housing being developed across the country and they seem to become almost a dominant feature of Malaysian housing development projects. It is revealed that gated communities are able to prevent crime, increased sense of security and provide self and family protection against unwanted intrusion. In contrast, the term ‘gated community’ is actually an oxymoron. Recent studies show that most purchasers who buy such houses are looking for privacy and do not want to get involved with their neighbourhood. These phenomena create an isolated community and unsustainable in terms of social segregation, which could be an obstacle to the development of sustainable communities. In 2010, Town and Country Planning Department of Malaysia issued guideline for ‘Gated Community and Guarded Neighbourhood’ to provide basic guideline for developers and management corporation of gated communities. However, less emphasis is placed on aspect of community sustainability. Therefore, this paper aims to explore the current practices of gated communities’ development and to evaluate the impact of this development on sustainable communities’ development. We focus our attention on the social impact of this housing phenomenon.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: gated communities; residential; housing development; sustainability; sustainable communities; social segregation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Technology Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2014 01:28
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2014 01:28
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5623
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