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|Title: ||The evaulative image of designed open spaces : social use, aesthetic response, and morphological configuration|
|Authors: ||Ferdous, Farhana|
|Issue Date: ||2011|
|Publisher: ||University of Sydney|
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning
|Abstract: ||Urban plazas and public open spaces play significant roles in the creation of livable cities.
The aesthetic and morphological dimensions of public spaces are among the essential visual
and physical characteristics that need to be understood for successful social use. A literature
review revealed gaps in the theory of how the physical attributes, architectural features and
morphological characteristics of the built environment enhance the aesthetic response and
social interaction in designed public open spaces. This research sets out to articulate the
relationship between physical, visual and morphological characteristics of the built
environment of urban plazas and public open spaces that can create interactive social
By using a mixed-method approach involving both qualitative and quantitative methods, this
research addresses both the subjective and objective attributes that can influence users’
aesthetic response and social use. The overall study was conducted in two stages. The use of
photo-simulation in a preliminary study explored naturalistic inquiry to identify the most
important aesthetically and socially preferred physical characteristics of designed urban open
spaces from respondents’ viewpoint. Based on their detailed responses and existing research
literature, a list of the salient physical and visual attributes of designed urban open spaces
important to preference is developed.
To objectively identify the relationship between the research constructs, eight designed urban
open spaces of Dhaka, Bangladesh were selected and the main study involved 280
respondents. By using morphological (Space Syntax) and statistical analysis (ANOVA, Factor
Analysis), this research seeks to examine the levels of association between aesthetic response,
social use, physical attributes and morphological configurations of designed urban open
spaces. The research concludes that the frequency of using urban open space is largely
influenced by the morphological configuration of the urban structure. Aesthetic qualities are
an additional, rather than a primary property of social interaction in the studied urban spaces.
This study proposes a visualization model that illustrates the relationship between the research
constructs for the future design of urban plazas and paved public open spaces.
|Type of Work: ||PhD Doctorate|
|Type of Publication: ||Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.|
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