Islamic representation and urban space in Banda Aceh: Linking the social and spatial

Istiqamah, Herlily

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Post conflict and tsunami; the city of Banda Aceh is experiencing a massive development as an effort to represent an Islamic city. Some strategic points have been chosen by the municipality to build architectural objects that are considered to represent Islam in the urban space. The issue of such representational practice is the development of neglecting the activities of local communities as users of urban public spaces. The purpose of this design study is to provide an alternative to the urban design of Banda Aceh to represent Islam that is not moving from physical development but by involving community activities. Establish and rediscover the relationship between Islam and urban life in Banda Aceh. This design study uses mental maps of 50 inhabitants of Banda Aceh city of various ages who live in 10 villages around the city center. We use mental maps as a tool to read the daily activities of the community and determine the familiar urban territory with the community. The results of this study will be used to form a Muslim community and present community activities to represent Islam in the urban space.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012205
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2018
Event4th International Conference on Friendly City 2017 - Medan, Sumatera Utara, Indonesia
Duration: 11 Oct 201712 Oct 2017


  • Banda Aceh City
  • Islamic representation
  • Muslim Community
  • community activities
  • mental map


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