Current interdisciplinary research and practice in human – environment interactions Bridging the Boundaries outlines current interdisciplinary research on the reciprocal relations between humans and the built and natural environments. The expert contributors investigate topics such as environmental impact on health and well-being, identity and place attachment, urban sustainability, and challenges linked to global or national environmental phenomena. Some chapters reflect on theoretical contributions that offer alternative ways of thinking about human – environment interactions, while others focus on methodological challenges and innovations.
The quality and interdisciplinary diversity of the chapters make Bridging the Boundaries a unique contribution to understanding present and future human – environment challenges at all scales and in all global contexts. It will be valuable to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers across a range of related disciplines, including psychology, architecture, urban design and planning, education, sociology, human and social ecology, interior design, and geography.
Introduction Bridging the Boundaries by Edward Edgerton, Ombretta Romice, and Kevin Thwaites
I Environment, Health, and Well-Being
- Recreational Forests: Use, Experience, and Motivation at Selected Sites in Selangor, Malaysia by Norhuzailin Hussain and Anna Jorgensen
- Objectively Healthy Cities: Urban Design for the 21st Century by George Weeks
- Dementia-Friendly Architecture: Integrating Evidence in Architectural Design by Gesine Marquardt
- Objective and Subjective Impressions of an Environmental Intervention in Dementia by Louise Ritchie and Edward Edgerton
II Environmental Perception, Behavior, and Place-Identity
- A Customization of Urbanites: Boosting Place-Identity by Lineu Castello
- Young People's Attachment to Place by Maria Nordstrom
- Urban Parks in Curitiba, Brazil: Visibility and Permeability Analyses of Internal and External Configurational Properties by Renato Tibirica de Saboya, Sofia Arrias Bittencourt, Mariana Colin Stelzner, and Vera Helena Moro Bins Ely
- Degrees of Environmental Diversity for Pedestrian Thermal Comfort in the Urban Continuum: A New Methodological Approach by Carolina Vasilikou and Marialena Nikolopoulou
- Influence of Chromatic Complexity and Coherence on Evaluation of Urban Scenes by Natalia Naoumova
III Human Experience in Urban Sustainability
- Towards a Theoretical Basis for Anthropological People-Environment Studies by Ray Lucas
- Participatory Public Policy, Public Housing, and Community Sustainability: A Venezuelan Experience by Esther Wiesenfeld, Euclides Sanchez, and Fernando Giuliani
- Programming for Behavior in Educational Environments by Doris C. C. K. Kowaltowski, Daniel de Carvalho Moreira, Marcella S. Deliberador, and Paula R. P. Pereira
- Complexity and Order in Commercial Streetscapes: How to Maintain User Satisfaction With Visual Quality in Contemporary Cities by Adriana Portella and Sinval Xavier
IV Global Environment Challenges
- The Local Impact of Encountering Global Environmental Problems: Rural Residents' Appraisal of Changes as to the Better or the Worse by Eja Pedersen and Maria Johansson
- Newspaper Coverage of Water Restrictions in Melbourne, Australia, in Relation to Climate Change Adaptation From 2006 to 2010 by Simon Chun Kwan Chui
- Vulnerability Assessment of Urban Populations in Africa: The Case of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania by Regina John, Nathalie Jean-Baptiste, and Sigrun Kabisch
- Is Urban Sustainability Possible in the Face of Accelerated Property Development by and Major Public Works? The Case of Recife, Brazil by Fatima Furtado, Edinea Alcantara, and Onilda Bezerra
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Dr. Edward Edgerton is a Reader at the University of the West of Scotland, UK. His work focuses on the design of learning and healthcare environments.
Dr. Ombretta Romice is Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Her work focuses on urban design and morphology.
Dr. Kevin Thwaites is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, UK. His work focuses on socially responsive landscape architecture and urban design.