My Oh My George Town! Public spaces need publicity – and polish


A simple street corner holds different significance for different people – it may be a location for a street seller in the morning or a place for a relaxing pensioner in the afternoon, and during festivals it may take on other entirely new meanings. The Penang Institute “My George Town” project sets out to discover the use of such spaces.

Much emphasis is placed on George Town’s historic buildings. Their architectural styles, unique features and building techniques are the subject of many a book and magazine. And since its inscription as a World Heritage Site in 2008, significant work has also been carried out to describe the city – population and land use have been studied in depth, heritage buildings documented and assessed, and support provided to conserve and restore the unique architecture. A Special Area Plan and a Heritage Management Plan have even been developed for sustaining the city’s built heritage.

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