Human Aspects of Urban Form - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080242804, 9781483182162

Human Aspects of Urban Form

1st Edition

Towards a Man—Environment Approach to Urban Form and Design

Authors: Amos Rapoport
eBook ISBN: 9781483182162
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1977
Page Count: 448
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Human Aspects of Urban Form: Towards a Man—Environment Approach to Urban Form and Design discusses the man—environment interaction in urban setting. The book is comprised six chapters that provide a broad conceptual framework using a range of disciplines.

The text first tackles urban design as the organization of space, time, meaning, and communication. The second chapter talks about environmental quality, while the third chapter deals with environmental cognition. Next, the book tackles the importance and nature of environmental perception. Chapter 5 discusses the city in terms of social, cultural, and territorial variables. Chapter 6 details the distinction between associational and perceptual worlds.

The book will be of great interest to urban planners and government policymakers. Researchers and practitioners of sociological and behavioral science will also benefit from the book.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction 1 Urban Design as the Organization of Space, Time, Meaning and Communication The Meaning of Space Rules of Organization The Choice Model of Design Cultural Variability of Urban Environments The Role of Values in Design Environmental Perception The Perceived Environment The Excessively Broad Meaning of "Perception" in the Literature Evaluation, Cognition and Perception The Distinction Between Evaluation, Cognition and Perception in the Urban Environment - An Example Pros and Cons of Making These Distinctions The Filter Model The General Concept of Image and Schema The Development of the Concept of Image 2 Perception of Environmental Quality - Environmental Evaluation and Preference Components of Environmental Quality Habitat Selection and Migration in Response to Environmental Preference The Variability of Standards The Problem of "Slums" Squatter Settlements 3 Environmental Cognition Urban Images Cognitive Schemata and Mental Maps The Construction of Mental Maps Orientation The Subjective Definition of Areas Subjective Distance - Space and Time Subjective Urban Morphology 4 The Importance and Nature of Environmental Perception The Multisensory Nature of Perception Information Approaches — Sensory Deprivation and Overload Density and Privacy in Sensory Terms Environmental Complexity The Notion of Noticeable Differences Effects of Scale and Speed of Movement 5 The City in Terms of Social Cultural and Territorial Variables Clustering and Urban Enclaves Socio-Cultural Aspects of the City The Relevance of Ethological Concepts in the City Public and Private Domains Behavior Setting System The House-Settlement System 6 The Distinction between Associational and Perce


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