Arts and Culture
The paper raises the central question of why five-foot way as a type of cityscape emerged and became popular in European’s port cities in South China and Southeast Asia.
By an ecological assumption, the study explores the dimensions and scales of five-foot way (shop-houses) in Amoy, Canton, Malacca, Penang, and Singapore. And then, it analyzes the relations of five-foot way (shop-houses) with its locations and settings to identify such kind of architecture and its meaning by Europeans adaptive influences in Southeast Asia and South China.
In an eco-regional perspective, and by a comparative method regarding the cityscape of the case studies, this paper explores the eco-characteristics of urban space, as well as the genes that produced the five-foot way pattern. The study aims to link Europe and China, to explain the shared built architectural heritage in the above cities in an ecological perspective since the 19th century.