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Grass and trees in outdoor spaces were shown to increase the use and social activity in outdoor places.
Sarah Susanka describes the basic architectural principles that create a homelike setting.
Greenway planning often has to encompass a myriad of goals and users. One significant goal, particularly in urban areas, is how to plan greenways that people enjoy and use. Two recent studies, covered in an issue of Landscape and Urban Planning devoted to greenways, address this topic by investigating people’s opinions about river corridor greenways.
The material that we cover in this issue is an eclectic mix, as usual. Each issue of RDC profiles a different assortment of topics, because each issue presents the most interesting information released since the last issue of RDC went to press. We feel that it is important to include valuable information in each issue that you can use immediately.
Proximity to open space adds value to residential property (see RDC, Spring 2004, p. 1). Another study from Surrey, British Columbia, finds that some park configurations, such as greenways, provide greater value to adjacent properties.
The Environmental Design Research Association and the journal Children, Youth, and Environments invite the submission of papers.
Is there a successful recipe for creating urban open space? This book is a primer on creating spaces that encourage public use.
Researchers have determined that colors of maximum saturation and brightness attract the most attention when paired with any background color. This work follows their research on color preference, which found that colors with maximum saturation and brightness were also most preferred. The article contains a chart of attention-getting and favored color combinations.
Studies consistently show strong commonalities in people’s visual preferences and, often, what professional designers like most, the public likes least. In planning a new place, interior, or building, it makes sense to plan the appearance. It also makes sense to evaluate the appearance of existing places to find out how people react to them.
Participants in a recent study indicated a higher preference for water jets and combinations of several moving water features in water features at urban plazas.