Traditional Streetscape Adaptability: Gentrification and endurance of business


  • Arif Budi Sholihah Lecturer, Department of Architecture, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta 55821, Indonesia
  • Tim Heath Professor, Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG9 1EH, United Kingdom



traditional street, adaptability, gentrification, Indonesia.


This paper attempts to assess the adaptability quality of Malioboro Street and district related to the physical and functional transformation as part of the urban negotiation and response to the ever changing environment of Indonesian cities. The street was qualitatively measured utilising field observations including physical mapping, behavioural mapping and in-depth interviews. The finding shows urban gentrification may lead to the transformation of physical and building use, which results in the changes of Kampong plot pattern and character of a traditional streetscape, people displacement and the sustenance of the local economy. 

Keywords: traditional street; adaptability; gentrification; Indonesia.

eISSN 2398-4295 © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. 



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How to Cite

Sholihah, A. B., & Heath, T. (2018). Traditional Streetscape Adaptability: Gentrification and endurance of business. Asian Journal of Behavioural Studies, 3(13), 180–189.