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School of Architecture, Building and Design
Bachelor of Science (Honours)(Architecture)
Theories of Architecture and Urbanism [ARC2224]
Part 1 Stage 2
Name: Soh You Shing
Student ID: 0308010
Tutor: Dr. Lakshmi Priya Rajendran
Architect: Le Corbusier
Defined Area: SS15, Subang Jaya, Selangor
Introduction to SS15, Subang Jaya
In the heart of Subang Jaya is where SS15 is located, a popular and vibrant
commercial and residential area. Diagram 1.0 shows that Subang Square is one of
the landmarks in SS15. Banks, cafes and eateries are easily found in SS15 as well.
The location of SS15 is very strategic as it is near to the townships of Petaling Jaya
and it is surrounded by many amenities. For example, Subang Jaya City Centre in
SS16 is just across the street of SS15. Subang Jaya Medical Centre in SS12 is right
beside it. The accessibility to SS15 is veru convenient via New Pantai Expressway
and Federal Highway. It is near to Shah Alam Highway and North Klang Valley
The planning of a contemporary city – SS15, Subang Jaya
The theory “the planning of a contemporary city” from Le Corbusier can be
represented by SS15. The theory focuses on a lot of elements but centralized plan
plays the major role as Le Corbusier is famous for its design on centralized plan
which has been often contrasted to Frank Lloyd Wright’s decentralized plan.
First, in his description of 'A Contemporary City of Three Million Inhabitants'
(Corbusier, 1929) he stated "The city of to-day is a dying thing because its planning
is not in the proportion of geometrical one fourth. The result of 25 a true geometrical
lay-out is repetition. The result of repetition is a standard." This shows that Le
Corbusier is a strong supporter of geometry (grid) in planning. SS15 is mapped
according to its grid which leads to different zones (Diagram 1.2). With the aid of
gridlines, the repetition of the massing forms a perfect form. Next, as Le Corbusier’s
centralization theme was strict separation of societal functions, he divided separate
zones for workplaces, residences, shopping and entertainment centres. Diagram 1.1
shows the zoning of SS15 is clearly divided, like residential area is on the North and
East side of SS15, whereas commercial area is more to the West and centre of
SS15. On the other side, the South-East of SS15 is where the educational
Besides, Le Corbusier stated that a centrally located core performed the
"higher" functions in his cities. As the density of the city centre increases, the
business affairs will increase which leads to a better economy. He also stated “we
must increase open spaces and diminish the distance to be covered. Therefore the
centre of the city must be constructed vertically.” In SS15, Subang Square is
centrally located in the city (Diagram 1.3). It is a high rise office building with a
shopping gallery on its lower floors. The surrounding is filled with shop-office blocks
and commercial lots. When the density of city centre increases, the business affairs
are carried on and this causes better economy and property of SS15. Open spaces
like field and garden can be found in SS15 which allow the residences to carry out
their social activities (Diagram 1.4).
In a nutshell, SS15 is a city that follows geometry (grid) in planning and well
organized in term of zoning. A strict separation of society functions makes the
circulation of SS15 smoother and more convenient. By applying Le Corbusier’s
theory on SS15, it is quite interesting to know the significance of a centralized plan
and I do agree with his theory. A centralized plan makes a city more vibrant and
lively. Also, without the aid of grid in planning, architects might create a building or
city that could not function well.
Corbusier, L. (1929). A contemporary city with three million inhabitants, 1925 (and 1922).
Corbusier, L. (1998). Essential Le Corbusier: L'esprit nouveau articles. Oxford: Architectural