The Perceptual Characteristics of Pedestrian Streets

The General and Specific Hypotheses
  • Amos Rapoport


The argument underlying this study can be simply summarized. For any given behavior patterns or activities, there are settings that are supportive. In general, when they have the opportunity, humans, like other organisms, select habitats having appropriate characteristics even if the matching processes occur beyond awareness. In this process, preference tends to be based to a large extent on associational aspects (Rapoport 1982a). Cognitive aspects are also important; in the case of walking, good imageability and clear orientation at the large and middle scales, because an organism can hardly perceive if it is not oriented (Bruner 1951; Lynch 1960, Appendix A; Sandström 1972).


Sensory Modality Perceptual Quality Perceptual Characteristic Peripheral Vision Dynamic Space 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Amos Rapoport
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  1. 1.University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA

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