The Importance of Concept in the Landscape Design Process in Malaysia

By Shabnam Kavousi, Suhardi Maulan, Steven Eric Krauss and Mohd Nasir Baharuddin.

Published by The Design Collection

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Proper designs usually come from a sound concept, though some of Malaysian landscape design projects are carried out by disregarding their conceptual development. Therefore, concepts are not well defined and well-tied to their site contexts, which caused the final design products useless or misused. Although there Motloch (2001), Milburn and Brown (2003), and Faizi and Khakzand (2007) have defined several models of design process, there isn’t any practical study that determines the way of considering this process in Malaysian landscape designers. The sample size for this study consists of twenty professionals with more than 10 years of working experience. The researcher used in-depth interviews and focus groups to collect data from selected respondents who were chosen from Malaysian professional landscape designers through purposeful sampling. The participants were asked to draw a diagram, which demonstrates the preferred way for designers to present their thoughts. The Malaysian landscape designers’ understanding about the concept and its interaction with the influential factors such as social-cultural aspect, aesthetic, art and material in the landscape design process are investigated, through analyzing the sketches which are drawn by the respondents. In addition, the probable limitations which designer has to deal with are recognized through comparing the Malaysian landscape designers’ sketches with pervious presented models. This study explores landscape designers understanding of importance and position of design concept in the landscape design process through analyzing its different steps. The output of the study aims to theoretically and practically enhance the position and importance of the design concept in the landscape design process. Correspondingly, more admirable, successful, and meaningful landscape designs will be resulted through considering the provided concept development model for being applied in landscape design process.

Keywords: Concept, Idea

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.109-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.841MB).

Shabnam Kavousi

Candidate of Master Science, Department of Landscape Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Shabnam Kavousi was born on 21 April 1978, at Shiraz, Fars, Iran. In July 2007, she was accepted by faculty of Design and Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia to continue her post graduate studies in Landscape Architecture. In 2007 she was granted fellowship by university. To fulfill the requirements, she took role as an assistant in teaching Graphic Course.

Dr. Suhardi Maulan

Head, Department of Landscape Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

Suhardi Maulan was born on September 11, 1971 in Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia. He received his PhD in Environmental Design and Planning. Currently, he is working as an academician as well as landscape architect at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Dr. Steven Eric Krauss

Lecturer, Professional Development and Continuing Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Steven Eric Krauss is a Lecturer in the Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Mohd Nasir Baharuddin

Lecturer, Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Seri Kembangan, Selangor, Malaysia

Mohd Nasir Baharuddin is a Lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia.

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