Research Output per year
Purpose: Proximity to nature is essential to a child’s development. Well-designed educational environments are crucial to supporting this proximity, particularly in the early years of schooling. The purpose of this paper is to measure children’s experiences of nature within three primary school spaces at various locations in Glasgow, Scotland. The methodology for measuring children’s visual and non-visual sensory experiences is developed to evaluate the connection between naturalness values and spatial environmental qualities across varying “Child–Nature–Distance” ranges. Design/methodology/approach: The approach associates children’s multiple layers of sensory modalities with particular attributes of the spatial environment within primary schools to determine the level of naturalness that children experience, in both internal and external spaces. Findings: The study finds that children’s experiences are significantly influenced by factors relating to urban setting, built environment master planning, architectural features and interior design. Research limitations/implications: Apart from primary school architecture for children, this methodology could be fully developed to the comprehensive human–nature relationship under the impacts of physical features and societal of other diversified environments in a future study. However, the offering reasonable primary school architecture for a proper children’s multi-sensorial experience with natural environment cannot thoroughly established with a quantitative aspect by the present study only. More qualitative research is recommended to examine the process of altering from “cause” to “perceived” nature of users’ cognitions, attitudes and behaviours within the exposure proximity to nature. Practical implications: The methodology for measuring visual and non-visual sensorial experiences of nature, and its application to children’s learning and leisure spaces within primary school architecture could offer a tool for assessing current schools, and evaluating future design proposals for new schools. Originality/value: The authors argue that the applicationof this method can support design decision making for refurbishing schools at the micro level, and in planning urban development involving proposals for new schools at the macro level.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research|
|Early online date||31 Oct 2019|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 31 Oct 2019|
- primary schools
- naturalness value
- nature syntax
- sensorial experience
- spatial environment
Nature, people and place: informing the design of urban environments in harmony with Nature through the Space/Nature SyntaxMunro, K. & Grierson, D., 18 Dec 2017, Lifelong Learning and Education in Healthy and Sustainable Cities. Azeiteiro, U. M., Akerman, M., Leal Filho, W., Setti, A. F. F. & Brandli, L. L. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 105-125 21 p. (World Sustainability Series; vol. 16, no. 1).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed)
Linking space and nature syntaxes: the influence of a natural view through observed behaviour at Arcosanti, Arizona, USAGrierson, D. & Munro, K., 16 Sep 2016. 34 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Speech
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article