Lecture 11 – The Influence Of Environmental Design On Social Interaction

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Lecture 11 – The Influence Of Environmental Design On Social Interaction


This lecture examines several different ways in which designed environments such as buildings, neighborhoods, and urban regions, influence the patterns and quality of people’s social interactions. For instance, the physical design of dormitories, apartment buildings, and city streets can facilitate or hinder the development of residents’ social relationships by influencing their activity patterns and their perceptions of defensible space, neighborhood walkability and safety. Environmental design strategies that have been used to enhance defensible space in residential areas, the walkability of urban neighborhoods, and levels of pedestrian safety are illustrated with examples drawn from various communities and environmental contexts.

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