Emotional Attributes of Urban Furniture

  • Gabriela Zubaran PizzatoEmail author
  • Lia Buarque de Macedo Guimarães
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 824)


This article presents a research on emotions, which emerge from the interaction among user, urban furniture and its use setting. Three empirical studies aimed to: (i) identify and characterize emotional reactions (either positive or negative) raised from the interaction among users, urban furniture and public space; (ii) evaluate one positive emotion (pleasantness) and (iii) one negative emotion (fear) raised from the use of urban furniture/public space. Regardless of gender, the most mentioned positive emotion was pleasantness associated to safety. Fear was the main negative mentioned emotion, being a drawback in the use of public spaces. Attributes of eight constructs (users; activities performed in the public space; accessibility; privacy; urban furniture; vegetation; maintenance; buildings) were related to four space types (pleasant/safe; pleasant/unsafe; unpleasant/safe and pleasant/unsafe) resulting in basic elements to be used in guidelines for design and evaluation of emotional urban furniture/public space. Products with emotional appeal tend to be less vandalized, and to be more intensely used, therefore contributing to people’s well being and more livable cities.


Emotional design Urban furniture Public space 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriela Zubaran Pizzato
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lia Buarque de Macedo Guimarães
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Design and Graphic ExpressionFederal University of Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil
  2. 2.Graduate Program in Industrial EngineeringFederal University of Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil

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