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Environmental Design Perspectives

Viewpoints on the Profession, Education and Research, 1st Edition

Edited by Wolfgang F. E. Preiser


152 pages

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The purpose of this title, first published in 1972, was to bring into focus the work and viewpoints of individuals and groups that were engaged in man-environment research, design and education. Reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the field of man-environment relations, topics range from aspects of environmental design methodology to research applications from the behavioural sciences. This title will be of interest to students of architecture.

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part 1: Education; 1. Change/Challenge/Response: The Continuing Experiment in Education for Environmental Design at VPI 2. Designing for Two Years 3. Professional Division at VPI: An Operational Model 4. New Directions in Urban Research and Development 5. Planning Education: With or Without Emphasis on Plan Supplementation 6. The Possible Significance of the Student Revolt in Italy 7. The Undergraduate Man-Environment Studies Course at Sydney; Part 2: Profession; 8. Personal Experiences 9. Designing a Library for VPI 10. Some Notes on Collaboration 11. A Conceptual Framework for Architectural Programming: An Emphasis on a System of Inquiry 12. Thoughts on the Future of Transportation and the Built Environment 13. America’s Outdoor Recreation Movement: An Adult, White, Middleclass Subsidy? 14. Design Appraisal: Notes on the Social and Political Context of Design 15. Computers, Architecture and Economics of Scale 16. Building Systems: Mass Production for the Building Industry 17. Virginia Tech’s Involvement in Statewide Environmental and Urban Growth Policy; Part 3: Research; 18. Man-Environment Research and Environmental Design: Design Principles Based on Spatial Behaviour 19. The State of the Art in Design Methods: More Questions than Answers 20. Animal Behaviour Studies and Environmental Design: Dr. Calhoun’s Laboratories at NIMH 21. Optimization of Choice in a Semi-Structured Physical Environment: A Model of Environmental Design 22. Planning Information Systems: Prospects and Problems 23. Towards a Transformational Approach to Urban History: A Tentative Framework for Using Historical Explanation in Urban Design 24. Environmental Design Needs Empathy to Combat Pollution; Contributors; Footnotes and References; Author Index

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