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Environmental aesthetics : theory, research and applications

Author: Jack L Nasar
Publisher: Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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How do people react to the visual character of their surroundings? This book explores theory and data on preferences in the visual environment, and addresses the practical application of aesthetic  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jack L Nasar
ISBN: 0521429161 9780521429160 0521341248 9780521341240
OCLC Number: 27967413
Notes: Originally published 1988.
Description: xxvii, 529 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Section I. Theory: --
Editor's introduction --
1. Behavioral and perceptual aspects of the aesthetics of urban environments / Tom F. Heath --
2. Symbolic aesthetics in architecture: toward a research agenda / Jon Lang --
3. Prospects and refuges revisited / Jay Appleton --
4. Perception and landscape: conceptions and misconceptions / Stephen Kaplan --
5. Where cognition and affect meet: a theoretical analysis of preference / Stephen Kaplan --
6. The landscape of social symbols / Barrie B. Greenbie --
7. Open space in cities: in search of a new aesthetic / Werner Nohl --
8. Aesthetic perception in environmental design / Arnold Berleant --
Section II. Empirical studies: --
Editor's introduction --
A. Methodological comments: --
Editor's introduction --
9. The assessment of landscape quality: an integrative approach / D. Mark Fenton and Joseph P. Reser --
10. Affective appraisals of environments / James A. Russell --
B. Architectural interiors: --
Editor's introduction --
11. The influence of a beautiful versus an ugly room on ratings of photographs of human faces: a replication of Maslow and Mintz / Richard M. Locasso --
12. The development of a usable lexicon of environmental descriptors / Joyce Vielhauer Kasmar --
13. Lighting-design decisions as interventions in human visual space / John E. Flynn --
C. Architectural exteriors: --
Editor's introduction --
14. A study of meaning and architecture / Robert G. Hershberger --
15. Predicting user responses to buildings / Robert G. Hershberger and Robert C. Cass --
16. Dimensions in the perception of architecture: identification and interpretation of dimensions of similarity / Anke Oostendorp and Daniel E. Berlyne --
17. Contextual compatibility in architecture: an issue of personal taste? / Linda N. Groat --
D. Urban scenes: --
Editor's introduction --
18. Visual preferences in urban street scenes: a cross-cultural comparison between Japan and the United States / Jack L. Nasar --
19. Perception and evaluation of residential street scenes / Jack L. Nasar --
20. Planning concerns relating to urban nature settings: the role of size and other physical features / Janet F. Talbot --
21. The effect of sign complexity and coherence on the perceived quality of retail scenes / Jack L. Nasar --
E. Natural and rural scenes: Editor's introduction --
22. Dimensions of meaning in the perception of natural settings and their relationship to aesthetic response / D. Mark Fenton --
23. A cognitive analysis of preference for field-and-forest environments / Thomas R. Herzog --
24. The emotional quality of scenes and observation points: a look at prospect and refuge / Jack L. Nasar, David Julian, Sarah Buchman, David Humphreys, and Marianne Mrohaly --
25. Aesthetic preference for rural landscapes: some resident and visitor differences / Brian Orland --
26. Familiarity and preference: a cross-cultural analysis / Rachel Kaplan and Eugene J. Herbert --
Section III. Applications: --
Editor's introduction --
27. Visual needs in urban environments and physical planning / Eduardo E. Lozano --
28. A survey of aesthetic controls in English-speaking countries / Wolfgang F. E. Preiser and Kevin P. Rohane --
29. Scenic-beauty issues in public policy making / Mollie Ridout --
30. Coping with aesthetics and community design in rural communities / Fred A. Hurand --
31. Toward theory generation in landscape aesthetics / Fahriye Hazer Sancar --
32. Aesthetic regulation and the courts / Kenneth T. Pearlman.
Responsibility: edited by Jack L. Nasar.

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