The Research Connection
More studies that shed light on what works in plazas, open spaces, and other landscapes.
By Jean Marie Cackowski and Sally Augustin
Illustration by William Brown
Landscape Architecture, in partnership with the web-based and print newsletter
Research Design Connections, publishes this column (the previous example appeared in the January 2005 Landscape
Architecture) to report current research of interest to landscape architects from a wide array of other fields.
We welcome your comments, suggestions about future topics, and studies you have encountered in your own practice.
Plaza Design and Human Behavior
Visits to outdoor plazas, such as the open spaces in downtown commercial centers, provide important, regular natural experiences for
many people. A recent article in Environment and Behavior reported on a study exploring the influence of
microclimates—conditions such as temperature, sunlight, humidity, air movement,
and so forth—on the behaviors of people who share plaza space. The article also
examined the effects on human behavior of built features within plazas, such as
seating and where it is located.
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