Effects of Townscape/Landscape Evaluation on Place Attachment

Authors: Kaori ITO*, Department of Architecture, Tokyo University of Science, Kotaro Kameyama, Shinwa Construction Co., Ltd., Sayaka Arai, ANA Airport Services Co., Ltd., Andrew Ian Burgess, Tokyo University of Science
Topics: Landscape, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: place attachment, townscape, landscape, covariance structure analysis
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Zulu, Sheraton, 8th Floor
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In order to investigate the relationship between townscape/landscape and place attachment, this research presents a case study of "One Hundred Views of Okazaki" project in Okazaki, Japan. Okazaki City planned and conducted the project, where 100 local townscape/landscape views that people want to pass to the next generation were selected. The views were shown as photos with comments by citizens.

First, we analyzed the comments using text mining, and founnd that words such as "rivers," "cherry blossoms," "fields" and "nature" are connected to various words, that people see local townscape/landscape in relation to the passing of time and that there are some factors such as visuality, physical feeling, familiarity etc.

Next, we conducted web questionnaire survey to ask 500 Okazaki citizens how they evaluate each of 15 views from the hundred views and how they feel place attachment. We used covariance structure analysis to examine the effects of townscape/landscape evaluation on place attachment. The major findings are as follows: 1) Those who put more value on familiarity and locality of local townscape/landscape tend to have higher place attachment (preference), 2) those who put more value on rarity of local townscape/landscape tend to have higher place attachment (preference, engagement and desire for maintaining) 3) models differ in attributes such as sex and age.

This is part of an ongoing research project supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number JP26420618.

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