Environmental messages in multiple-family housing: territory and personalization

Abu-Ghazzeh, T.M., 2000, Environmental messages in multiple-family housing: territory and personalization, in: Landscape Research, , 1

  • Author : Abu-Ghazzeh, T.M.
  • Year : 2000
  • Journal/Series : Landscape Research
  • Volume Number (ANNUAL: Counting Volumes of the Year shown above) : 1
  • Pages : 97-115
  • Abstract in English : This article examines how certain mechanisms are used to enhance or reflect residential territory and, thereby, promote one’s sense of privacy, in the design of adjoining outdoor spaces of homes in multiple-family housing in Abu-Nuseir. The main contribution is to demonstrate the cross-cultural validity of theory pertaining to territory and to show this theory is manifested in Jordanian context. Individuals, particularly residents of multiple-family housing projects, tend to mark their private or semi-private spaces with some type of identification. If a choice is available, this marker is usually of a personal nature. This is an indication of how humans relate to their environment and suggests that designers should provide for this need when planning physical surroundings. In some cases, this may involve building in characteristics which respond to qualities of personalization desired by occupants. Residents in public housing schemes often desire to make their homes distinguishable. To a large extent, this is depending on the presence of private outdoor space. This does not need to be large, and a small path of land near one’s home is highly valued, for it afford occupants with the opportunity to personalize the immediate outdoor space of their dwelling unit. It offers opportunity to grow things, but also encourage contact with neighbours, providing an excellent opportunity for getting to know other people and sharing both information and harvest. The gains that can be achieved by providing occupants with such spaces are great in relation to modest associated allocation of land.
  • Contents in English : test outline
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, quality, well-being, community, social territory, urban design, cross-cultural, gardening, planting design. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.