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ISSN 2029-7092 online
ISBN 978-609-457-690-4 CD
ISBN 978-609-457-640-9
 Sustainable Urban Development

Malgorzata Gerus-Gosciewska

Evaluation of urban space in the context of environmental psychology and safety

Conference Information: 9th International Conference on Environmental Engineering, MAY 22-24, 2014 Vilnius, LITHUANIA
Source: ICEE-2014 - International Conference on Environmental Engineering
Book Series: International Conference on Environmental Engineering (ICEE) Selected papers
ISSN: ISSN 2029-7092 online
ISBN: 978-609-457-640-9 / 978-609-457-690-4 CD
Year: 2014
Publisher: Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Press Technika

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The city as a complex organism has the task of ensuring safety to people besides fulfilling their physical and social needs. In creating space around us, we use its resources and values for our own use, to form the best existence possible. Taking into consideration the assumptions of environmental psychology that there is a feedback relationship between man and the environment, we can assume that in shaping a safe space, we shape our safety. The aim of the paper is an evaluation of urbanized geospace features, in the context of safety using environmental psychology. The effect of space components on safety was obtained from the results of a questionnaire survey to identify the importance of specific features. The results were standardized by quotient transformation relative to a reference point, where the maximum value was adopted as the reference point. The evaluation was carried out in the context of the intensity of the presence of individual geospatial features in urban space and the evaluation result is a safety risk map. The evaluation results can be used to determine rules which can contribute to the solution of practical problems related to the shaping of safe urban space.

Keywords: physical planning; characteristics of space; safe urban space; environmental psychology.

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