n the context of asian cities, streets define the diversity and vibrancy of public spaces despite facing a constant threat
of losing the spaces to motorized vehicles and large-scale development. the social life of streets is eroded as a result
of new developments that are exclusive and privately regulated. this paper discusses the attributes that influence the
sociability of shopping streets based on the street users’ assessment. a questionnaire survey was conducted involving
332 respondents in four main shopping streets in the Kuala lumpur city centre, Malaysia. identification of the sociability
attributes using analytic network Process (anP) was applied to determine the sociability factors based on the order of
priority. the study found that users tended to participate in social activities while visiting the shopping streets. however,
their social behaviour indicated that the actual engagement in optional and informal activities was not regular.
Perceived safety and spatial accessibility mainly influenced the users’ level of engagement with the streets’ activities. to
retain streets as inclusive social spaces, urban designers could prioritise mixed-land uses, positive pedestrian experience
and good accessibility in boosting sociability of urban places.
Keywords: Sociability, Urban Design, Shopping street, Analytic Network Process (anP)
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