Courtyard “Views” (01-21-22)

Research conducted by a Kerimova-lead team indicates how different the space assessments of different user groups can be.  They determined via an eye-tracking based study that “Green zones and parking lots differentially affect the preferences of people who own cars and those who do not. . . . Two interest groups—. . . people who owned a car and . . . people who did not a car—observed . . . images of courtyards. Images were digitally modified to manipulate the spatial arrangement of key courtyard elements: green zones, parking lots, and children’s playgrounds. The participants were asked to rate the attractiveness of courtyards during hypothetical renting decisions. . . . The results . . . indicate that urban greenery may differentially affect the preferences of interest groups.”  For car owners, courtyards packed with parking spaces but no trees were less unappealing than they were to people who didn't own cars.  Car owners were likely to respond particularly strongly and positively to the presence of greenery in courtyards, however.  So the car owners seem to strongly value both the parking spaces and the greenery.

Nadezhda Kerimova, Pavel Sivokhin, Diana Kodzokova, Karine Nikogosyan, and Vasily Klucharev.  2022.  “Visual Processing of Green Zones in Shared Courtyards During Renting Decisions:  An Eye-Tracking Study.”  Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol. 68, 127460,