The Application of Visual Environmental Economics in the Study of Public Preference and Urban Greenspace: Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design

Richard Laing, Anne-Marie Davies, David Miller, Anna Conniff, Stephen Scott, Jane Morrice

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Abstract

Urban greenspace has consistently been argued to be of great importance to the wellbeing, health, and daily lives of residents and users. This paper reports results from a study that combined the visualisation of public results from a study that combined the visualisation of public greenspace with environmental economics, and that aimed to develop a method by which realistic computer models of sites could be used within preference studies. As part of a methodology that employed contingent rating to establish the values placed on specific greenspace sites, three-dimensional computer models were used to produce visualisations of particular environmental conditions. Of particular importance to the study was the influence of variables including lighting, season, time of day, and weather on the perception of respondents. This study followed previous work that established a suitable approach to the modelling and testing of entirely moveable physical variables within the built environment. As such, the study has established firmly that computer-generated visualisations are appropriate for use within environmental economic surveys, and that there is potential for a holistic range of attributes to be included in such studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-375
Number of pages21
JournalEnvironment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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