Out in the country: sprawl and the quest for nature nearby

Kaplan, R. & M.E. Austin, 2004, Out in the country: sprawl and the quest for nature nearby, in: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 69,

  • Author : Kaplan, R. & M.E. Austin
  • Year : 2004
  • Journal/Series : Journal of Environmental Psychology
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 69
  • Pages : 335-243
  • Abstract in English : Residential development at the rural fringe, although contributing to many environmental problems, is steadily attracting new homeowners. Among the appeals of living “out in the country” are being closer to “nature” and having “space”. The purpose of this study is to examine what these concepts mean to individuals who decide to live in new commuter-based subdivisions. While people appreciate the importance of there nearby natural environment, many of the features they seek and find satisfying could be more readily obtained in other ways than through individual ownership of large parcels of land. Many may not be aware of alternative ways to achieve goals. The woods they seek and the sense that are places to explore are more easily achieved by protecting these resources for the common good. A deeper understanding of the quest for nature can be an important step in promoting the preservation of nature features and in designing communities that are more sustainable.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: urban forestry, natural environment, sprawl, preferences, landscape architecture.