Evaluating Stakeholders Preferences: Reconciling Heritage and Sustainability

Wan Abdullah Zawawi, Noor Amila and Abdullah, Alias (2011) Evaluating Stakeholders Preferences: Reconciling Heritage and Sustainability. Sustainable Development and Planning V . pp. 675-686. ISSN 1746-448X

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The subsistence of unique built heritage in Malaysia, representing multi-cultural society, is threatened by demolition, unsympathetic changes and rapid unchecked redevelopment. Escalating market value increasingly replaces this built heritage, namely the traditional shophouse, with newer and higher density structures. Most often, the decisions pertaining to traditional shophouse redevelopment are based on guidelines inherited from the mono-cultural colonial system, whose perspectives inaccurately represent the multi-cultural society in Malaysia. On top of that, involvement of direct stakeholders, namely owners and tenants, are minimal in the decision process. This paper is part of an ongoing research to provide an objective evaluation for traditional shophouse redevelopment, incorporating multiple stakeholders’ preferences. It focuses on exploring conflicts and values of the stakeholders using Multiple Criteria Analysis, or MCA technique. Using a common MCA technique, the Analytical Hierarchy Process, or AHP, stakeholders’ preferences on a set of criteria for redevelopment decision are derived and compared. It is found that stakeholders’ preferences are dissimilar even within their homogenous groups. This study contributes to discovering the potential of MCA to increase transparency in redevelopment decisions involving built heritage and multiple stakeholders in multi-cultural society.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Departments / MOR / COE:Departments > Civil Engineering
ID Code:6899
Deposited By: AP Dr Noor Amila Wan Abdullah Zawawi
Deposited On:05 Dec 2011 03:01
Last Modified:19 Jan 2017 08:23

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