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Assessment of Aesthetic Preferences in Relation to Vegetation-Created Enclosure in Chinese Urban Parks: A Case Study of Shenzhen Litchi Park

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Section of Landscape Architecture, Department of Urbanism, Delft University of Technology, 2628 BL Delft, The Netherlands
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Landscape Informatics, Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, 85354 Freising, Germany
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Sustainability 2019, 11(6), 1809; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11061809
Received: 12 March 2019 / Accepted: 21 March 2019 / Published: 26 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
Building on the mystery/complexity/legibility/coherence model of Kaplan and Kaplan (1989) and up-to-date landscape visualization techniques, this paper presents a case study analyzing people’s aesthetic preferences for scenes with varying levels of enclosure created through vegetation. Participants were asked to view 48 computer-generated urban park scenes with different levels of enclosure and to rate them for three aesthetic preference factors: coherence, complexity, and legibility. The results are as follows: (1) If the visual and/or physical setting is enclosed, participants will give lower ratings for legibility than in open scenes. (2) Physically open scenes are rated as more coherent than physically enclosed scenes. (3) Participants rate complexity for physically enclosed scenes lower than for physically open scenes. It is concluded that enclosure as a predictor variable for landscape preference has a practical significance for future urban landscape research and designs. View Full-Text
Keywords: vegetation-created enclosure; aesthetic preference; Chinese urban parks; landscape visualization; landscape preference vegetation-created enclosure; aesthetic preference; Chinese urban parks; landscape visualization; landscape preference
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