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Environmental Evaluation : Perception and Public Policy - Ervin H. Zube

Environmental Evaluation

Perception and Public Policy

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Published: 15th April 1985
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How can the quality of environments be evaluated? This book describes ways of assessing the perceptions and experiences of the users so that planners, designers, and managers may take them into account. Ervin Zube first presents the problem of environmental evaluation in the context of public policies promulgated for the planning, design, and management of urban, rural, and wild environments in North America. After a brief history of US environmental policy, he goes on to consider the differences between policy mandates for evaluation and the actual conduct of evaluation studies. He identifies three stages as important for assessment: the 'inventory', or evaluation of existing environments; consideration of alternatives, or evaluation of possible future environments; and, after the plan is implemented, the design or management programme, or evaluation of the modified environment. He illustrates his points with reference to actual evaluations of environments from housing projects to Niagara Falls, at each of these stages, considering each case study in the relevant policy context. Applied behavioural and social scientists and all those in the planning and design and management professions will find this a useful text.

' ... sets out successfully to provide an introduction to user-based environmental evaluation ...' Journal of Environmental Psychology

Evaluating environments
Setting policy
The policy/practice gap
The planning/design process
Evaluating existing environments
Evaluating alternative futures
Postconstruction evaluation
Postscript
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521319720
ISBN-10: 0521319722
Series: Environment and Behavior
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 15th April 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.25