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Perceived Quality of Urban Open Space: A Stockholm Case Study
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Perception and psychophysics.
2017 (English)In: Space of Dialog for Places of Dignity: Fostering the European Dimension of Planning: Book of Proceedings / [ed] Eduarda Marques da Costa, Sofia Morgado, João Cabral, Lisboa: Universidade de Lisboa , 2017, p. 843-851, article id 1454Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In investigating the quality of urban open space, it is important to investigate how the visual and auditory components contribute to the total quality. The majority of studies investigating audio-visual interaction in environmental perception have concerned how visual stimuli affect auditory perception, such as how vegetation affects the perception of the sound of road traffic from a motorway (e.g., Anderson, Mulligan, Goodman, Regen, 1983). In general, these studies indicate that how people perceive sound depends on the visual context. That is, some sounds are more appropriate in one context than in another, which seems to depend on the participants’ expectations. For example, a city center is expected to sound like a city center, and not like a forest, and vice versa. Typically, a mismatch resulted in discomfort.

A handful of laboratory studies investigated how perception of auditory and visual aspects related to the perception of the composite of audio-visual information (e.g., Gifford & Ng, 1982; Kuwano, Namba, Komatsu, Kato, & Hayashi, 2001; Morinaga, Aono, Kuwano, & Kato, 2003). Chiefly, these studies showed that visual aspects of environments were more important than auditory aspects. However, how important the visual aspects were, was highly variable across different environments. This indicates that auditory information might dominate over visual information at some point (see also Gan, Luo, Breitung, Kang, & Zhang, 2014; Preis, Koci ski, Hafke-Dys, & Wrzosek, 2015).

The present paper concerns a case study conducted in collaboration with the City of Stockholm, Sweden, in the summer of 2016. The purpose was to characterize and to investigate the potential for improving the quality of the environment in a centrally located park area in the city. Walks were conducted in situ together with 61 residents. In the walks the participants assessed five preselected sites in and near the park area, with regards to their perceived total, auditory and visual qualities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lisboa: Universidade de Lisboa , 2017. p. 843-851, article id 1454
Keywords [en]
urban open space, visual stimuli, auditory perception
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150678ISBN: 978-989-99801-3-6 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150678DiVA, id: diva2:1170125
Conference
AESOP Lisbon Annual Congress 2017: Space of Dialog for Places of Dignity - Fostering the European Dimension of Planning, Lisbon, Portugal, 11-14 July, 2017
Note

This study was sponsored by research grant (2013-03049) from VINNOVA – Sweden’s Innovation Agency. Partners in the project are Chalmers University of Technology, Stockholm University, The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, the City of Stockholm, Tyréns AB, Z-block Norden AB, and the artist Mikael Pauli. Special thanks go to Björn Lundén and Linnea Hamrefors for assistance with the data collection, and to the 61 residents who volunteered for the study.

Available from: 2018-01-02 Created: 2018-01-02 Last updated: 2018-02-28Bibliographically approved

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