Giving Places Meaning

Giving Places Meaning

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Most environmental psychology researchers now agree that particular locations within the environment harbour rich significance for individuals and groups. There is a great deal of productive debate about the cognitive and affective processes that give rise to this significance; it is clear, however, that the significance of places can include both deep emotional attachment and more abstract aesthetic enjoyment. "Giving Places Meaning" shows the value of studying meanings in context and the ways in which they give our world significance.
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  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.33g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0123040302
  • 9780123040305

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Preface, D. Canter; introduction - place, aesthetic evaluation and home, L. Groat. Part 1 Theories of place: creating places or designing spaces?, J.D. Sime; the behavioural component in the meaning of places, R.L. Genereux et al; the city as a multi-place system - an analysis of people-urban environment transactions, M. Bonnes et al; place-identity - physical world socialization of the self, H.M. Proshansky et al; place-identity as a product of environmental self-regulation, A.K. Fabian and R. Kaminoff. Part 2 Prototypicality and expert judgements in aesthetic evaluations: differences in the perception of national socialist and classicist architecture, H. Espe; meaning in post-modern architecture - an examination using the multiple sorting task, L. Groat; design training and aesthetic evaluation - an intergroup comparison, A. Whitfield and J. Wiltshire; the beauty and the beast - some preliminary comparisons of "high" versus "popular" residential architecture and public versus architect judgements of same, K. Devlin and L. Nasar; predicting preference of familiar, everyday objects - an experimental confrontation between two theories of aesthetic behaviour, T.W.A. Whitfield; experiencing other people's houses - a model of similarities and differences in environmental experience, A.T. Purcell and J.L. Nasar. Part 3 The meaning of home: housing symbolism in new remote mining communities in Australia - implication for innovative versus conventional design and siting of houses in harsh environments, C.C. Neil; a psychological-spatial approach for architectural design and research, R.J. Lawrence; the home from attic to cellar, P. Korosec-Serfaty; the meaning of home - an exploratory study of environmental experience, J. Sixsmith.
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