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The Luisenplatz Study - The relationship between visual fields and perceived stress in a public transport hub

Halblaub Miranda, Marianne and Knöll, Martin
Heitor, Teresa and Serra, Miguel and Silva, Joao Pinelo and Bacharel, Maria and da Silva, Luisa Cannas (eds.) (2017):
The Luisenplatz Study - The relationship between visual fields and perceived stress in a public transport hub.
In: Proceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium, Lisboa, In: 11th International Space Syntax Symposium, Lissabon, 3.-7.7.2017, [Online-Edition: http://www.11ssslisbon.pt],
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Abstract

This paper investigates the relationship between visual fields and subjective ratings of perceived stress in an open public space (OPS) and transport hub. The aim is to investigate possible influences these characteristics have on the recorded ratings. To do so, the sample is described with a visibility graph analysis and isovist properties and the constructed data is paired with participants’ ratings of perceived stress. This article uses data from surveys conducted in Darmstadt, a town of 120,00 in Germany, in summer 2015. Subject is the Luisenplatz, the city’s main public square and a central transport hub. It houses various amenities, services and residency, and is a junction where the majority of the tram and bus lines meet. Previous research suggested that the Luisenplatz in its current state is perceived as one of the most stressful OPS in Darmstadt. Correlation between visual fields and statements about perceived stress show that users are more likely to feel stressed when in areas with high visibility, while visual complexity may contribute to less stressful scenarios. The method presented in this article is been shown to be promising in analysing how variables of the built environment may contribute to perceived stress in public transport hubs. It will be useful to further interdisciplinary research that sets out to better understand the role of the built environment as integral contributors to stress in urban mobility.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2017
Editors: Heitor, Teresa and Serra, Miguel and Silva, Joao Pinelo and Bacharel, Maria and da Silva, Luisa Cannas
Creators: Halblaub Miranda, Marianne and Knöll, Martin
Title: The Luisenplatz Study - The relationship between visual fields and perceived stress in a public transport hub
Language: English
Abstract:

This paper investigates the relationship between visual fields and subjective ratings of perceived stress in an open public space (OPS) and transport hub. The aim is to investigate possible influences these characteristics have on the recorded ratings. To do so, the sample is described with a visibility graph analysis and isovist properties and the constructed data is paired with participants’ ratings of perceived stress. This article uses data from surveys conducted in Darmstadt, a town of 120,00 in Germany, in summer 2015. Subject is the Luisenplatz, the city’s main public square and a central transport hub. It houses various amenities, services and residency, and is a junction where the majority of the tram and bus lines meet. Previous research suggested that the Luisenplatz in its current state is perceived as one of the most stressful OPS in Darmstadt. Correlation between visual fields and statements about perceived stress show that users are more likely to feel stressed when in areas with high visibility, while visual complexity may contribute to less stressful scenarios. The method presented in this article is been shown to be promising in analysing how variables of the built environment may contribute to perceived stress in public transport hubs. It will be useful to further interdisciplinary research that sets out to better understand the role of the built environment as integral contributors to stress in urban mobility.

Title of Book: Proceedings of the 11th International Space Syntax Symposium
Place of Publication: Lisboa
Divisions: 15 Department of Architecture > Fachgruppe E: Stadtplanung > Urban Health Games
15 Department of Architecture > Fachgruppe E: Stadtplanung
15 Department of Architecture
Event Title: 11th International Space Syntax Symposium
Event Location: Lissabon
Event Dates: 3.-7.7.2017
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 07:51
Official URL: http://www.11ssslisbon.pt
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