Block Level Social Contacts in Low-Cost Flats

  • Azhan Abdul Aziz Universiti Teknologi MARA Perak, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 32600, Malaysia
  • Abdullah Sani Ahmad Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, 8l3l0, Malaysia
  • Sharifah Salwa Syed Mahdzar Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, 8l3l0, Malaysia


This study evaluates the spatial properties of flats block, where daily social interactions often take place, in order to identify socially encouraging layouts. It attempts to establish any significant relationship between spatial properties of flats layouts and the local network of social relations among the residents. It employed network mapping to measure social contact sizes and utilized syntactical software to compare visibility and integration levels of various flats configurations. Findings showed possible relationship between flats spatial properties and the size of social contacts.

Keywords: Flats configuration; Local Social Contact; Outdoor Near Home Space; Visibility; Integration.

eISSN 2514-751X © 2018. The Authors. Published for AMER ABRA cE-Bs by e-International Publishing House, Ltd., UK. This is an open-access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license ( Peer–review under responsibility of AMER (Association of Malaysian Environment-Behaviour Researchers), ABRA (Association of Behavioural Researchers on Asians) and cE-Bs (Centre for Environment-Behaviour Studies), Faculty of Architecture, Planning & Surveying, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. 


How to Cite
ABDUL AZIZ, Azhan; AHMAD, Abdullah Sani; SYED MAHDZAR, Sharifah Salwa. Block Level Social Contacts in Low-Cost Flats. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, [S.l.], v. 3, n. 8, p. 13-22, may 2018. ISSN 2514-751X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 30 mar. 2020. doi:

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