Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research, and Application

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Jack L. Nasar
Cambridge University Press, 31.07.1992 - 529 Seiten
How do people react to the visual character of their surroundings? What can planners do to improve the aesthetic quality of these surroundings? Too often in environmental design, visual quality--aesthetics--is misunderstood as only a minor concern, dependent on volatile taste and thus undefinable. Yet a substantial body of research indicates the importance of visual quality in the environment to the public and has uncovered systematic patterns of human response to visual attributes of the built environment. Efforts to understand environmental aesthetics have been undertaken by investigators from such diverse fields as landscape architecture, environmental psychology, geography, philosophy, architecture, and city planning. As a result the relevant information is scattered and not readily available to professionals and policy makers. The book brings together classic and new contributions by distinguished workers in different disciplines. It explores theory and data on preferences in the visual environment, and also addresses the practical application of aesthetic criteria in design, planning and public policy. Promising directions for future research are identified.
 

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Behavioral and perceptual aspects of the aesthetics of urban environments
6
Symbolic aesthetics in architecture toward a research agenda
11
Prospects and refuges revisited
27
Perception and landscape conceptions and misconceptions
45
Where cognition and affect meet a theoretical analysis of preference
56
The landscape of social symbols
64
Open space in cities in search of a new aesthetic
74
Aesthetic perception in environmental design
84
Visual preferences in urban street scenes a crosscultural comparison between Japan and the United States
260
Perception and evaluation of residential street scenes
275
Planning concerns relating to urban nature settings the role of size and other physical features
290
The effect of sign complexity and coherence on the perceived quality of retail scenes
300
E Natural and rural scenes
323
Dimensions of meaning in the perception of natural settings and their relationship to aesthetic response
327
A cognitive analysis of preference for fieldandforest environments
343
The emotional quality of scenes and observation points a look at prospect and refuge
357

Empirical studies
101
A Methodological comments
107
The assessment of landscape quality an integrative approach
108
Affective appraisals of environments
120
B Architectural interiors
133
The influence of a beautiful versus an ugly room on ratings of photographs of human faces a replication of Maslow and Mintz
134
The development of a usable lexicon of environmental descriptors
144
Lightingdesign decisions as interventions in human visual space
156
C Architectural exteriors
173
A study of meaning and architecture
175
Predicting user responses to buildings
195
Dimensions in the perception of architecture identification and interpretation of dimensions of similarity
212
Contextual compatibility in architecture an issue of personal taste?
228
D Urban scenes
257
Aesthetic preference for rural landscapes some resident and visitor differences
364
Familiarity and preference a crosscultural analysis
379
Applications
393
Visual needs in urban environments and physical planning
395
A survey of aesthetic controls in English speaking countries
422
Scenicbeauty issues in public policy making
434
Coping with aesthetics and community design in rural communities
449
Toward theory generation in landscape aesthetics
459
Aesthetic regulation and the courts
476
References
493
Index of authors
519
Subject index
525
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