Houses, and other spaces and environments in which people spend their time, have a crucial impact on quality of life. We are increasingly living in multi-cultural cities and communities, and this too significantly affects how we feel about spaces in which we live. This volume brings together psychologists, architects, designers and planners to discuss issues of housing, space, sustainability and multi-culturalism. In doing so, the book provides an insightful critical analysis of space, place and the quality of life. It also addresses the implications of intercultural tension on quality of life and on the way in which people use and interact in a multi-cultural space. With case studies from Spain, Turkey, Brazil, the UK, the USA and Israel, it discusses issues such as low-cost housing, security, environmental conservation and sustainability, alternative building techniques, cultural diversity and its impact on housing and urban design.
Contents: Housing, space and quality of Life: introduction, Ricardo García-Mira, David L. Uzzell, J. Eulogio Real and Jos omay; The perception of urban space from two different viewpoints: pedestrians and automobile passengers, Ricardo García-Mira and Myriam Goluboff ; Space use, dwelling layout and housing quality: an example of low-cost housing in Istanbul, Ahsen Özsoy and Gülcin Pulat Gökmen; An evaluation of the Feeling of Security in a new mass housing compound in Istanbul, Suat Apak, Gokhan Ulken and Alper Unlu; Transfer process of self-built houses in environmental protection areas in the region of Campinas, Brazil, Silvia A. Mikami G. Pina, Doris C.C.K. Kowaltowski, Regina C. Ruschel, Lucila C. Labaki, Stelamaris R. Bertolli, Francisco Borges Filho and Édison Fávero; Assessing the acceptability of alternative cladding materials in housing: theoretical and methodological challenges, Anthony Craig, Leanne Abbott, Richard Laing and Martin Edge; Neighbourhood quality of life - global and local trends, attitudes and skills for development, Ombretta Romice; How does immigration impact on the quality of life in a small town?, James J. Potter, Rodrigo Cantarero, X. Winston Yan, Steven Larrick, Heather Keele and Blanca E. Ramirez; House design as a representation of values and lifestyles: the meaning of use of domestic space, Ritsuko Ozaki; Student preferences for University accommodation: an application of the stated preference approach, Harmen Oppewal, Yaniv Poria, Neil Ravenscroft and Gerda Speller ; Culture and architecture: theoretical and methdological issues, William J. Thompson; The influence of developmental maturity in the environmental representation of the city: an empirical approach, gel Fernández González; The home as a territorial system, Mariann Märtsin and Toomas Niit. Index.