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Determining the visual preference of urban landscapes


Abkar, Mahdieh and Mohd Shariff, Mustafa Kamal and Maulan, Suhardi and Davoodi, Seyed Rasoul (2011) Determining the visual preference of urban landscapes. Scientific Research and Essays, 6 (9). art. no. F72051D21564. pp. 1991-1997. ISSN 1992-2248


This study attempted to determine people’s visual preference for urban landscapes in Malaysia. In an experimental study, 120 students from three departments in Universiti Putra Malaysia rated 4 predictors of preference (Coherence, complexity, legibility and mystery) and a criterion variable (preference) of 24 color slides depicting urban built landscape (UBL) and urban natural landscape (UNL) scenes. The results of this study showed that the mean preference and the four predictor ratings were significantly higher for UNL than UBL and it confirmed the role of urban nature in urban landscapes. Also, the results showed that all the predictors of preference could explain a large amount of variance in preference, except for “legibility” in UBL. “Mystery” and “complexity” are found to be the most influential predictors of preference in both categories. Furthermore, “coherence” in UNL notably predicts more preference than in UBL. However, knowledge about preferences and the characteristics of urban landscapes contributes to the designing of an enjoyable environment by designers or planners, and to the decision makers who manage the landscape settings for their users.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Design and Architecture
Faculty of Engineering
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.5897/SRE11.171
Publisher: Academic Journals
Keywords: Preference; Urban landscape; Visual preference; Predictors of preference
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2020 03:18
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 03:18
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/22549
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