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Environmental Aesthetics : Theory, Research, and Application - Jack L. Nasar

Environmental Aesthetics

Theory, Research, and Application

By: Jack L. Nasar (Editor)

Paperback Published: 21st December 1992
ISBN: 9780521429160
Number Of Pages: 560

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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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'For those seriously concerned with person-environment-behaviour relations in general, aesthetics and design in particular, this is certainly a book that should be on their reference shelf.' Environment and Behavior

Theory: Editor's introduction
Behavioral and perceptual aspects of the aesthetics of urban environments
Symbolic aesthetics in architecture: toward a research agenda
Prospects and refuges revisited
Perception and landscape: conceptions and misconceptions
Where cognition and affect meet: a theoretical analysis of preference
The landscape of social symbols
Open space in cities: in search of a new aesthetic
Aesthetic perception in environmental design
Empirical studies: Editor's introduction
Methodological comments: Editor's introduction
The assessment of landscape quality: an integrative approach
Affective appraisals of environments
Architectural interiors: Editor's introduction
The influence of a beautiful versus an ugly room on ratings of photographs of human faces: a replication of Maslow and Mintz Richard
The development of a usable lexicon of environmental descriptors
Lighting-design decisions as interventions in human visual space
Architectural exteriors: Editor's introduction
A study of meaning and architecture
Predicting user responses to buildings
Dimensions in the perception of architecture: identification and interpretation of dimensions of similarity Anke Oostendorp
Contextual compatibility in architecture: an issue of personal taste?
Urban scenes: Editor's introduction
Visual preferences in urban street scenes: a cross-cultural comparison between Japan and the United States
Perception and evaluation of residential street scenes
Planning concerns relating to urban nature settings: the role of size and other physical features
The effect of sign complexity and coherence on the perceived quality of retail scenes
Natural and rural scenes: Editor's introduction
Dimensions of meaning in the perception of natural settings and their relationship to aesthetic response
A cognitive analysis of preference for field-and-forest environments
The emotional quality of scenes and observation points: a look at prospect and refuge
Aesthetic preference for rural landscapes: some resident and visitor differences
Familiarity and preference: a cross-cultural analysis
Applications: Editor's introduction
Visual needs in urban environments and physical planning
A survey of aesthetic controls in English-speaking countries
Scenic-beauty issues in public policy making
Coping with aesthetics and community design in rural communities
Toward theory generation in landscape aesthetics
Aesthetic regulation and the courts
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ISBN: 9780521429160
ISBN-10: 0521429161
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 21st December 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.78 x 15.37  x 2.77
Weight (kg): 0.73