Edited by Daniel R. Montello
What do we mean by environmental aesthetics? To what does it apply, and why is it important? Employing a psychological approach, we address these questions from a non-expert’s perspective. We consider environmental aesthetics an outgrowth of human needs—part hardwired and part influenced by experiences—that provides a window into the relationships among people and places. We examine the role that information processing plays in environmental aesthetic, and explore our recurring battle with mental fatigue and the kind of settings to which we are drawn in an effort to restore ourselves. We end by considering the implications of environmental aesthetics for planning and design in terms of creating restorative environments in which people are more likely to thrive.
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