A cross-cultural comparison of preferences for landscape styles and landscape elements

Yang, B.E. & T.J. Brown, 1992, A cross-cultural comparison of preferences for landscape styles and landscape elements, in: Environment and Behavior, 24, 4

  • Author : Yang, B.E. & T.J. Brown
  • Year : 1992
  • Journal/Series : Environment and Behavior
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 4
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 24
  • Pages : 471-507
  • Abstract in English : The main purpose of this article is to compare the characteristics of preferences for a group of Korean citizens and Western tourists, with special emphasis on the general patterns of preferences and the relationships of landscape preference to landscape styles an elements. The research results show both similarities and differences in the preferences of these cross-cultural groups. The research findings indicate that landscape style is recognized as an important factor in influencing preference regardless of cultural differences. Water is the most preferred landscape element regardless of the cultural differences of the people. This verifies a number of past studies. Not all types of water, however, equally embrace or enhance preference. Water with tree reflections, water surrounded by dense vegetation, and water in a natural stetting seem to be more preferred than other types of water settings. Vegetation was also highly preferred regardless the cultural differences. The preferences for vegetation differed, however, depending on the form, type of vegetation, and the relationship of vegetation with the other elements. The research also suggests that scenes that allowed visual access were more preferred than those in which visual access was lacking, block, or unclear.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: preferences, landscape quality, quality, cross-cultural comparison, landscape style, vegetation, water, blocked views. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.