A WALK DOWN THE BLOCK: SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL PARAMETERS OF AESTHETIC JUDGMENTS ABOUT ORDINARY STREETSCAPES1


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Abstract

Summary.An experiment is reported based on 12 streetscapes and 25 participants on how five spatial/temporal factors influenced aesthetic judgments about ordinary streets. Overall, aesthetic judgments were more strongly related to the temporal variables of total time, stationary time, and decision time rather than the spatial variables of path length or number of turns made to obtain different views. It is suggested that fancy simulations or detailed scrutiny are probably not needed to evaluate streetscapes as seen by people in the street.

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