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

David Grierson, Karen Munro

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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
Number of pages34
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sep 2016
Event3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities: Following-up the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) - Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: 14 Sep 201616 Sep 2016
https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/wssd-u-2016.html

Conference

Conference3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities
Abbreviated titleWSSD-U-2016
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period14/09/1616/09/16
Internet address

Keywords

  • Biophilia Hypothesis
  • urbanisation
  • space syntax
  • wilderness
  • environmental psychology

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  • Projects

    Development of the Space/Nature Syntax Method

    Grierson, D. & Munro, K.

    2/10/171/10/19

    Project: Research

    Research Output

    • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
    • 1 Article

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

    Munro, K. & Grierson, D., 11 Nov 2016, Handbook of Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development in Higher Education. Leal Filho, W., Brandli, L., Castro, P. & Newman, J. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, Vol. 1. p. 137-158 22 p. (World Sustainability Series).

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    Activities

    • 4 Visiting an external organisation
    • 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

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    Grierson, D., & Munro, K. (2016). Linking space and nature syntaxes: the influence of a natural view through observed behaviour at Arcosanti, Arizona, USA. 3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, Cambridge, MA, United States.