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Title Excuse me is this seat taken? Examining spatial preferences in public spaces
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Degree Master of Landscape Architecture
Discipline/Department Landscape Architecture
Degree Level masters
University/Publisher The Ohio State University
Abstract From his classic study of the use of plazas in New York, Whyte (1980, p. 18) observed that males sat in the “front” while females tend to sit in the “back.” I tested whether this seating pattern still occurred in 2009, and whether seating choice related to fear of crime or feelings of vulnerability. I observed two places: one outdoors, the other inside. Contrary to Whyte (1980), I found that females were more likely to sit in the front and males were more likely to sit in the back. Females reported higher levels of fear and vulnerability, but this did not relate to seating choice. The present study is a form of Post Occupancy Evaluation. Further research should be conducted to test patterns of use and perceptions of space. Through systematic evaluations of use of public places, landscape architects can refine and improve future designs.
Subjects/Keywords Urban Planning; gender studies; landscape architecture; planning; seating preferences
Contributors Nasar, Jack (Committee Chair)
Language en
Rights unrestricted ; This thesis or dissertation is protected by copyright: all rights reserved. It may not be copied or redistributed beyond the terms of applicable copyright laws.
Country of Publication us
Format application/pdf
Record ID oai:etd.ohiolink.edu:osu1245172349
Repository ohiolink
Date Indexed 2016-12-22
Grantor The Ohio State University

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