Volume 15 (2016) Issue 3 Pages 433-440
Rusunawa was built to anticipate the needs of low-income residents for affordable urban homes. This study identifies its diversity and designed function and evaluates the existing utilization of public spaces in Rusunawa. Furthermore, it identifies the underlying reasons for them. Structured observation is applied through person-centered mapping, with a combination of structured and unstructured interviews. Public spaces in Rusunawa can be categorized into eight locations (corridor, main stair, emergency stair, common room, building entrance, parking area, open space, and mosque), where activities of five types are identified to take place (private, social, trading, supporting, and worshiping activities). Similar backgrounds in landed houses have created a strong emotional bond among occupants and obscured the boundaries of spaces.