Place Attachment as Indicator for Place Significance and Value


  • Norsidah Ujang Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang 43400, Selangor Malaysia
  • Khalilah Zakariya Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 50728, Malaysia



Place attachment, meaning, value, users


Place attachment is a form of connection between a person and the environmental setting. In the production of urban places, planners and designers mainly focus on the quality of the physical components. However, the aspects of meanings and attachment are not adequately considered in the planning and decision-making process. This study utilizes semi-structured interview method to examine place attachment dimensions in understanding the values of a place in the life of the users. Sample cases include examining attachment to streets in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was evident that users’ roles and ethnic backgrounds influenced their responses. Attachment to the places was economically, socially and culturally oriented and prevalent in their daily experience of the places, and the place memories recalled. 

Keywords: Place attachment; meaning; value; users

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How to Cite

Ujang, N., & Zakariya, K. (2018). Place Attachment as Indicator for Place Significance and Value. Asian Journal of Behavioural Studies, 3(10), 95–103.