Linking space and nature syntaxes: the influence of a natural view through observed behaviour at Arcosanti, Arizona, USA

Karen Munro, David Grierson

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Abstract

The world's urban population is rapidly growing, now exceeding its rural population, and is expected to reach 70% of the world’s total by 2050. Research in environmental psychology increasingly supports the Biophilia Hypothesis which holds that our connection with Nature is innate. Thus, how do we maintain a human connection to Nature in an increasingly urbanising world? The research explores the boundary between built and natural environments, specifically how proximity, initially through visual connections, to Nature affects how people use social spaces. Case study work is being undertaken at Arcosanti urban laboratory in the Arizona desert. Through development of a Space/Nature Syntax methodology applied within a uniquely compact urban form, this research attempts to understand how maintaining an instinctive bond with Nature can enhance social interactions and inform future design choices within built environments. Initial results support relationships of varying strengths between spatial connectivity, visibility of Nature, and types of social interactions. This paper explores the potential of the cross-disciplinary Space/Nature Syntax methodology as a design and analysis tool, projecting where social interactions within a built space could be influenced by visibility of Nature; where informed design can allow for the essential human/Nature connection to thrive.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education
EditorsWalter Leal Filho, Luciana Brandli, Paula Castro, Julia Newman
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Pages137-158
Number of pages22
Volume1
ISBN (Print)9783319478678
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameWorld Sustainability Series
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)2199-7373

Keywords

  • biophilia
  • environmental psychology
  • space syntax
  • urbanisation
  • wilderness
  • design
  • built environment
  • natural environment
  • social spaces
  • nature

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    Journal special issue: Forging advances in sustainable architecture and urbanism

    Grierson, D. (ed.) & Salama, A. M. (ed.), 1 Dec 2016, In : Open House International. 41, 4, p. 1-110 112 p.

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  • Towards the development of a space/nature syntax at Arcosanti

    Munro, K. & Grierson, D., 1 Dec 2016, In : Open House International. 41, 4, p. 48-55 13 p.

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  • Student Theses

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    Visiting Professor at Arcosanti, Arizona, USA

    David Grierson (Recipient), 30 Sep 2013

    Prize: Appointment

    Activities

    • 4 Visiting an external organisation
    • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
    • 1 Membership of committee
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Linking Space and Nature Syntaxes: the Influence of a Natural View through observed behaviour at Arcosanti, Arizona, USA

    Karen Munro (Speaker)
    15 Oct 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Cosanti Foundation, Arizona, USA

    Karen Munro (Visiting researcher)
    2 Feb 201625 Feb 2016

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external organisation

    Cosanti Foundation, Arizona, USA

    Karen Munro (Visiting researcher)
    16 Feb 201514 May 2015

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external organisation

    Cite this

    Munro, K., & Grierson, D. (2016). Linking space and nature syntaxes: the influence of a natural view through observed behaviour at Arcosanti, Arizona, USA. In W. Leal Filho, L. Brandli, P. Castro, & J. Newman (Eds.), Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education (Vol. 1, pp. 137-158). (World Sustainability Series). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47868-5_9