Human Behavior and Sustainability Ismail Said FAB 18th August 2010 Wastu (Vastu) = Form giving in its totality Simpler = more sustainable Research on Human Behavior and Environment in Environment and Behavior, Journal of Env Psy, and Energy and Building for 2009 and 2010 Theme and Subject Context/Setting Place attachment and Place making Neighborhood, Community, City, House • community harmony • flood preparedness • neighborhood integrity Person-Environment Fit City, House, School, Classroom, Office • sustainable interior design • seating pattern • dentist waiting room Children’s environment Rural, City, Open spaces, School • Friendliness • Favorite place • Affordances • Playscape • Social interaction Environmentally responsible behavior General, City, Community, Building • Global warming and mitigation • Climate change • Travel mode • Recycling attitude •Thermal sensory Participation Residential community, City • Household participation • UHI mitigation • Community security • Cleanliness Most-Read Articles in Journal of Environmental Psychology Themes 1. Environmental attitudes 2. Household energy use and waste management 3. Emotional benefits experiencing nature 4. Behavior in building 5. Place attachment and homesickness 6. Health and Place Research Done by Members of Green Innovation Research Group Previous Studies (n=6) 1. Garden as Restorative Environment for Hospitalized Children (2006) 2. Affordances of Streams for Young Children’s Performances (2008) 3. Affordances of Fishing Village for Children’s Functioning (2008) 4. Affordances of Forest Park for Children’s Functioning (2009) 5. Affordances of Cul-de-sac in Urban Neighborhoods as Play Spaces for Middle Childhood Children (2010) 6. Children’s Nomination of Friendly Places in an Urban Neighbourhood in Shiraz, Iran Research Done by Members of Green Innovation Research Group Ongoing PhD Studies (n=6) 1. Experiential Contacts with Green Infrastructure Network Generating Well- being to Residents in a Small Town 2. Padang as Public Place in Historical City in Malaysia 3. Playscapes at home- School Way and Their Influence on Children's Preference for Walking to School 4. Factors Affecting Park Visitation in City of Khartoum, Sudan 5. Effects of Legibility and Complexity on Path Choice Behavior in Urban Setting 6. Attributes of School Yard for Children’s Outdoor Learning Research Done by Members of Green Innovation Research Group Ongoing Collaborative Study with Hiroshima University (Grant from Hiroshima University, RM24000) Developing a participatory workshop method for use with children in UHI mitigation strategies in Malaysia Objectives: 1. To initiate the awareness of children aged 6-12 years of the temperature reduction effect of green spaces. 2. To develop an educational program for children aged 6- 12 years on managing green spaces and mitigating the effects of UHIs. Summary of Research on People and Place • Causal relationship between people and environmental factors • Properties and attributes of environment that affect peoples’ sense of belonging, sense of place, topophilia, and place attachment • Design and planning considerations and guidelines to built environment pertaining to sustainability of physical resource, cultural identity and people’s emotional feelings.
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