An overview of some key researchers and topics in environment-behavior studies and some implications for architectural and environmental design

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dc.contributor.author Habib, Jamshid
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-06T19:14:35Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-06T19:14:35Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-06T19:14:35Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/3946
dc.description.abstract This thesis provides an overview of some key researchers and research topics in the field of environment-behavior studies (EBS), an interdisciplinary field that examines ways in which the natural and human-made environments contribute to human well-being. A key aim of environment-behavior studies is to better understand clients’ and users’ environmental needs, and to design the physical environment accordingly. Specifically, this thesis highlights two key research questions: (1) What are environment-behavior studies and why are they relevant to architecture and environmental design? and (2) How can environment-behavior studies be drawn upon practically to generate more effective architectural and environmental design? To provide answers to these two questions, the thesis first introduces five “pioneers” in environment-behavior studies— psychologist Roger Barker, anthropologist Edward Hall, psychologist Robert Sommer, urban designer Kevin Lynch, and architect Christopher Alexander—and reviews their major work. This discussion provides a general understanding as to what environment-behavior studies involve and how they have design significance. Next the thesis overviews three major theories developed in environment-behavior studies: (1) territoriality theory; (2) cognitive-mapping theory; and (3) prospect-refuge theory. Each of these theories is overviewed, and pragmatic examples are provided to indicate each theory’s value for architecture and environmental design. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Fulbright Program en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Environment & behavior studies en_US
dc.subject Architecture en_US
dc.subject Design en_US
dc.subject Territoriality en_US
dc.subject Cognitive mapping en_US
dc.subject Prospect-refuge theory en_US
dc.title An overview of some key researchers and topics in environment-behavior studies and some implications for architectural and environmental design en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Architecture en_US
dc.description.advisor David R. Seamon en_US
dc.subject.umi Architecture (0729) en_US
dc.subject.umi Geography (0366) en_US
dc.subject.umi Urban and Regional Planning (0999) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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