Environment and Interaction: a study in social activation of the public realm
Cassels, Drew & Guaralda, Mirko (2013) Environment and Interaction: a study in social activation of the public realm. In_Bo: ricerche e progetti per il territorio, la citta e l'architettura, pp. 104-113.
The natural and built environment has been shown to affect its users in both psychological and physiological forms. But can if affect the sociological aspects of human processes and actions? The activation of the public realm can be shown to reduce socially dysfunctional behaviour through the simple occupation of the space and a number of other key variables through its design. In order to explore this further we must study how public space is being used in terms of social interaction, which will lead to a set of design ideals through which the social activation of public space can be achieved. Observations of differing social contexts have been undertaken in order to solidify key ideas and design principles for the activation of public space. Three sites were selected, each containing different amounts of vegetation and opportunity for occupation. These were then analysed through a lens of levels of social interaction. In this way it can become evident how the users interact with and within their social environments Through the analysis of the chosen sites, it has become evident that levels of interaction between the users, whether for transitory or occupational purposes, rise directly with vegetation and opportunity for occupation. With this in mind it can be determined that through design, public space can allow for and create greater opportunity for social interaction.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Placemaking, Urban Design, Senses, Sociology, Psyciology|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 Dipartimento di Architettura - Universita' di Biologna.|
|Deposited On:||06 Jun 2013 07:43|
|Last Modified:||07 Jun 2013 10:04|
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