Environmental Design Evaluation

Environmental Design Evaluation

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As the nature of the field of environment-behavior relations is interdis ciplinary, the collaboration of three persons of diverse professional backgrounds in writing this book is therefore not surprising. This col laboration started in 1972 with the offering of a graduate seminar qEnvi ronment, Behavior, and Design Evaluationq at the University of Massa chusetts. Several research projects dealing with design evaluation which have been conducted at the University are also included as case studies in this book (Chapter III): the ELEMR study and the Visitor Center study. Two of the authors have worked as part of the instructional team in the seminar, and all of the authors have participated in varying degrees in the ELEMR Project. The authors' backgrounds in design, psychology, and landscape architecture suggest, by example, that professionals with diverse backgrounds but a common interest in environment-behavior problems can indeed learn to communicate and to collaborate. Since design evaluation is a new field and very little specific litera ture on the subject exists to date, we hope this book fills a current need.For example, as illustrated in Figure 26, during the renovations positive social behavior increased from 6.8 to 10.9% for the one and two person bedroom design, yet remained about constant for the module design during the same period.

Title:Environmental Design Evaluation
Author:Arnold Friedmann, Craig Zimring, Ervin Zube
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2013-12-14


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