Criteria for Adaptive Reuse of Heritage Shop Houses Towards Sustainable Urban Development


  • Muhamad Shahril Mohd Abdullah Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • Azeanita Suratkon Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
  • Syed Burhanuddin Hilmi Syed Mohamad Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia


Adaptive reuse criteria, conservation, heritage building, shop houses, sustainability


Pre-war shop houses in some town areas of Malaysia are among national heritage buildings that require conservation efforts through adaptive reuse. Adaptive reuse, in line with sustainability principles, is a process of revitalising or reinventing disused or ineffective existing buildings (including old or historical buildings) for new use, purpose or function. This paper provides a discussion on the criteria of adaptive reuse potential (ARP) for existing and heritage buildings that can be applied for the old shop houses. The criteria are classified into six aspects: economic, environment, social, architecture, technology, and legislative. With the intention to contribute to the attempts of ensuring that pre-war shop houses can be conserved in a sustainable manner, a list of the criteria is used, and further studies are proposed to develop a decision-making methodology that will be useful for key parties: owners, the government and architects (conservation specialist leaders).  This will facilitate the determination for the adaptive reuse of potential buildings, as well as possible alternatives (new functions)


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How to Cite

Mohd Abdullah, M. S. ., Suratkon, A. ., & Syed Mohamad, S. B. H. . (2020). Criteria for Adaptive Reuse of Heritage Shop Houses Towards Sustainable Urban Development. International Journal of Sustainable Construction Engineering and Technology, 11(1), 42-52.