ENVIRONMENTAL PREFERENCE AND SPATIO-VISUAL GEOMETRY: A method for combining isovists and psychological testing

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    Dosen, Annemarie S.
    Ostwald, Michael J.
    Dawes, Michael
    2013 Conference Papers
    Simulation, Prediction, Evaluation


During the past few decades, several theories have emerged which suggest that certain spatial and formal features may not only influence psychological wellbeing but also our aesthetic preference for environments. The most common approach to understanding these theories of environmental or spatial preference is reliant on the analysis of survey responses. However, a small number of computational studies have also been undertaken which have examined the geometric properties of spaces that have been produced in accordance with these theories. While both of these methods are valuable, there is a lack of connection between their results. Therefore, this paper describes a way in which two different approaches to spatial perception – isovist analysis and spatial psychology – can be combined to provide a mathematical basis for the analysis of human perceptual responses to space.



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