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Cultural and Biological Determinants in the Evaluation of Urban Green Spaces

Home, Robert; Bauer, Nicole and Hunziker, Marcel (2010) Cultural and Biological Determinants in the Evaluation of Urban Green Spaces. Environment and Behavior, 42 (4), pp. 494-523.

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Dramatically increasing urbanization is observable worldwide and brings pressure on space within urban areas as the built environment intensifies.
Considerable evidence suggests that contact with nature is important for city dwellers, although it is not known whether residents’ appreciation of the forms of urban green spaces is constant across different contexts. More specifically, it has not yet been shown whether our appreciation of nature is innate and inherently human, is cultural and something that we learn, or is a mixture of both. This article describes an exploratory study consisting of 17 interviews carried out in Zurich, Switzerland. Kelly’s repertory grid technique is used to identify preferred urban landscapes, which were contrasted with identified rejected landscapes. Principle components analysis and multidimensional scaling reveal a clear separation of cultural and biological modes of landscape assessment in some respondents. The research contributes to an understanding of the meanings of urban green spaces, which would in turn provide planners with a tool to match urban natural resource management with the needs of residents.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:personal construct theory, urban nature, landscape preference, landscape aesthetics, Department of Socio-Economic Sciences, Innovation in Agriculture
Subjects: Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics
Switzerland > Other organizations
Deposited By: Home, Dr Robert
ID Code:28889
Deposited On:02 Jun 2015 11:12
Last Modified:02 Jun 2015 11:12
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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