Urban Design and Quality of Life

  title={Urban Design and Quality of Life},
  author={Ombretta Romice and Kevin Thwaites and Sergio Porta and Mark T. Greaves and Gordon Cleland Barbour and Paola Pasino},
This chapter deals with those aspects of the design of cities that have been shown to affect quality of life. Whilst direct causal relationships between physical space and well-being are often difficult to establish, physical space certainly does play a significant part in shaping the way we engage with it, informing the individual and collective sense of attachment to our own environment. This will become increasingly important, with the urbanization process predicted to grow, a significant… 
Assessing public open spaces in Belgrade – A quality of urban life perspective
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To Be There, Or Not To Be. Designing Subjective Urban Experiences
This chapter proposes innovative paths of interaction between design sciences and psychology, highlighting man-environment transaction models that could be integrated into design practices through
Influence of Perceived Environmental Quality on the Perceived Restorativeness of Public Spaces
It is found that perceived quality of a space is a key predictor of its restorativeness, which means that maintaining parks and town squares is a relevant task given that they contribute to reducing cognitive overload, increasing sustainability, and facilitating health care in urban settings.
Assessment of Inclusive Historical Public Spaces in achieving preservation of such areas in Malang, Indonesia
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Post-socialist Urban Changes and Role Strain in Assessing the Quality of Life: The Case of Bucharest, Romania
The changes through which the former socialist cities passed were depended on multiple driving factors and the expertise of many actors. Post-socialist cities have experienced significant
Nature Experiences of Older People for Active Ageing: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Co-Design of Community Gardens
This study presents an interdisciplinary co-design method that encourages and informs a biophilic approach by describing the experiences of people in natural environments, actual and designed, through the application of attention restoration theory (ART).
The sound of new urbanism
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Coexistence in the public spaces of Latin American cities (Convivencia en los espacios públicos de las ciudades Latinoamericanas)
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Creating public space through urban analysis
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Linking urban design to sustainability: formal indicators of social urban sustainability field research in Perth, Western Australia
The making of a livable urban community is a complex endeavor. For much of the 20th Century planners and engineers believed that modern and rational decision-making would create successful cities.
Bridging the Boundaries : Human Experience in the Natural and Built Environment and Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice
This volume outlines current interdisciplinary research on the reciprocal relations between humans and the built and natural environments. The expert contributors investigate topics such as
Life Between Buildings: Using Public Space
The first Danish language version of this book, published in 1971, was very much a protest against the functionalistic principles for planning cities and residential areas that prevailed during that
Urban Design and the English Urban Renaissance 1999–2009: A Review and Preliminary Evaluation
This paper reviews the urban design dimension of the English urban renaissance of the last decade. It focuses on the recommendations made in the Urban Task Force report in 1999, largely adopted by
Creating sense of community: The role of public space
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The organization of modern city planning into “neighborhood units” – most commonly associated with the Clarence Perry proposal of 1929 – has been enormously influential in the evolution of modern