Modelling City Green Space and Sustainable Urban Development


  • Raman Mariyappan


The modelling of city green space with consideration of sustainable urban development benefits (health) is indeed a necessity in Georgetown, Penang. Urban green space (sustainable urban development)  promotes positive activities that will ensure fairness, effectiveness, divergence, less disparity, less discrimination, green elements that has effect on health, well-being, nice feelings, social safety, positive effects, restoration of stress, restoration of attention fatigue, a positive relationship between green space and physical and mental health and longevity among the city population. The objectives of the study are to analyse the current issues related to modelling city green space and sustainable urban development; to identify the importance of green space to be included in the urban development; and to formulate the benefits of green space to the urban public in Georgetown, Penang. This study adopted quantitative method, utilized survey technique to collect data using convenience sampling from 384 respondents living in Georgetown, Penang. Pearson correlations were used in analysing the data to answer all the objectives. In general, the findings showed that the score for health effect, in the sustainable urban development practices and modelling city green space in Georgetown, Penang recorded fairly well with an average value between 4.02 and 4.26. The results of Pearson correlation analysis show the benefits of the urban green space is also significant at level p?0.01 and r = 0.143. This means that respondents’ belief in the urban green space beneficial to the urban populous is good but the prevailing relationship is still weak or low (approximately 14.3%). Therefore, this study suggests that a comprehensive channels should be established, whether formally or informally to ensure the role of various parties can be increased more effectively in ensure modelling of city green space is more efficient at Georgetown, Penang.