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Daubner, Carina (2008) Gestaltning av stadens utemiljöer - Naturlikt kontra formellt & abstrakt. Other thesis, SLU.

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In the increasing urban environments and the modern societies demands for sustainability there is a challange in planning cities with a balance between density and a satisfying access of recreational environments. For attractive cities these environments need to be designed to fit every inhabitants' demands and opinions in some way. Increased knowledge and understanding is therefore needed about how different design styles in landscape architecture affect people and the cities. In this bachelor thesis benefits and disadvantages as well as the experience and impact of two fundamental design styles i discussed; naturalistic and formal/abstract design. The information is based on litterature studies of books and scientific articles. It is clear that the choice of design style does not have the biggest impact on neither the experience or the purpose and meaning of a place, but that it rather depends on many other factors. For example it depends on what place it is, in what context i lies, to what purpose and for whom the place is made. Generally people have a positive attitude towards naturalistic environments, but they also appreciate more formal and abstract designs. They often express a desire for a more naturalistic surrounding, but at the same time they want organised and clean environments with evidence of care. Both naturalistic and formal/abstract environments is experienced as soothing and have positive effects on our health. In surroundings with naturalistic design many people experience a greater feeling of freedom and contact with nature. This design style is also usually better in ecological point of view. Formal and abstract design on the other hand may be percieved as safer than the naturalistic design and also more representative, innovative and appropriate in the urban context. Which design style that is the most favourable in maintenance and economical point of view is not generally agreed on, but formal and abstract designs usually result in higher costs in the long run. One all-embracing conclusion for this bachelor thesis is that it is not possible to name the best design style of the reason that there is not any generally better or worse choice. Both naturalistic and formal/abstract design is needed in the cities to create the wide range of recreational environments that is required to make people healthy and happy. It is clear that the two design styles can be more or less appropriate in different situations, but that this rather depends on the specific place with its context and purpose than on the design style itself.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Keywords: landskapsarkitektur, gestaltning, design, naturlik, formell, abstrakt, urbana landskap, utemiljö, stadsmiljö, upplevelse, preferens, funktion
Subject (faculty): Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science > Dept. Landscape Architecture
Divisions: SLU > Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Agricultural Science
Depositing User: Carina Daubner
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 10:04
URI: http://ex-epsilon.slu.se/id/eprint/2580

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