Restorative qualities of favorite places

Korpela, K. & T. Hartig, 1996, Restorative qualities of favorite places, in: Journal of Environmental Psychology, 16,

  • Author : Korpela, K. & T. Hartig
  • Year : 1996
  • Journal/Series : Journal of Environmental Psychology
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 16
  • Pages : 221-233
  • Abstract in English : Place identity and restorative environments have been usually studied independently. This study is a deliberate effort to bring research on place identity into a mutually reinforcing relationship with restorative environments research. Students evaluated some favourite and unpleasant places through scoring for being away, fascination, coherence and compatibility which where all high in favourite place evaluations. This affirms that is useful to think of favourite places as sources of restorative experience. The results are linked with greenery, water and scenic quality.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental psychology, place attachment, place identity, restorative environments, favourite places, being away, fascination, coherence, compatibility, self-regulation, quality. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research. The research into favourite places is rather theoretical, but in practice people use regularly the same places in natural setting, on plazas, in streets etc. Research, discussion and interpretation may contribute to improvement of the quality of public places.