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Sustainability 2017, 9(7), 1102; doi:10.3390/su9071102

Use of Video and 3D Scenario Visualisation to Rate Vegetation Screens for Integrating Buildings into the Landscape

Department of Territorial Sciences, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, 10003, Spain
Department of Graphical Expression, University of Extremadura, Plasencia, 10600 Spain
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Received: 20 April 2017 / Revised: 14 June 2017 / Accepted: 19 June 2017 / Published: 23 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)
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Human actions in the natural environment create a visual impact. The main objective of this study was to examine the acceptance of vegetation screens for integrating buildings into the landscape using new techniques of visualization in three dimensions (3D), videos and public participation. The status quo of two study areas representative of the Mediterranean climate in Spain (one inland and one coastal) was modelled, placing vegetation screens around a building typical of the area and varying the density, species, and layout of plants. After establishing a series of scenarios, videos showing a simulation of outdoor tourism activities performed at varying speeds were created to analyse how movement affects the perception of the combination of a building and vegetation screen in the versions created. The 3D models generated were subjected to a survey for public participation and to allow respondents to rate their preferences of the videos created. The results show that adding vegetation always improves the integration of buildings into the landscape. The most highly rated vegetation screen placed around the buildings in the two scenarios was high density vegetation, irrespective of the layout or species. View Full-Text
Keywords: landscape; buildings; vegetation screens; visual impact; 3D visualization; videos landscape; buildings; vegetation screens; visual impact; 3D visualization; videos

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Velarde, J.G.; Parejo, M.J.M.; Blanco, J.H.; Moruno, L.G. Use of Video and 3D Scenario Visualisation to Rate Vegetation Screens for Integrating Buildings into the Landscape. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1102.

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