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Impact of environment on people’s everyday experiences in Stockholm

Urban environments are made from stone, concrete, bricks and glass that showcase a succession of signs, shapes and population. It is assemblage that is being categorized as safe, noisy, fun and peaceful or risky associated with law and policy. In order to build urban environments that limit negative impacts there is a need to comprehend people’s daily activities. Cities are designed well with nature and can be understood as natural support of both ecosystem integrity and public health. These spatial paradigms must be reconciled to achieve ecological sustainability from local to global impacts. So, this study aims to integrate compact and social-ecological city influenced by occurring experiences. Through quantifying relationships on different spatial accessibility of environmental features and people’s experiences.


Spatial distribution of urban environment features

Stockholm indicates large municipality and few areas can be described to have high residential density. In which urban environment features have significant impact on experiential outcome. Such a way that number of residents and proximity to nature has less statistically significant effects on people’s experiences. But shows high on natural temperature regulating capacities.  On the other hand frequency and duration of experiences in different environment are based on either positive or negative experiences. In which many positive experience last for few hours but occurs monthly. While negative experiences last only for a moment but occur several times per week.


The findings suggest that urban environments should not be thought simply as compact or green. But rather overlooks the substantial differences existing both urban and nature. The important of nature indicates that people are not asked to record certain kind of experience but somewhat regularly occurring. However, measures to mitigate climate change and halt biodiversity will not contribute to real sustainability. If simultaneously eroded the potential urban environment to support wellbeing.


More widely, the study reveals the usefulness of the concept of spatial analysis of urban environments. Through, providing innovative methodological toolbox to create a narrative of social-ecological urbanism. As well as in accommodating qualities of compact and identifying qualitative differences both urban and nature. Therefore, current urban planning needs to acknowledge these differences to limit impacts on biosphere while upholding human wellbeing. Moreover, transformation of negatively experienced urban areas designed to integrate possibilities to have daily basis on nature experiences and increased knowledge of this complex interplay to various parts of the planet.


Source: Prepared by Joan Tura from Landscape and Urban Planning

Volume 171, March 2018, Pages 7-17