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Urban Atmospheres: Multisensory Perception as the Linkage between Urban Environment and Social Interaction in Main Streets
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Urbana atmosfärer : Multisensoriska upplevelser som en länk mellan stadsmiljön och sociala interaktioner på huvudgator (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Within the discipline of urban planning and design, this thesis introduces urban atmos-pheres as a theoretical concept, interlinking the urban dweller’s perception of the urban environment with the disposition of social interaction. The aim is to research how urban environments, such as main streets, are being perceived through different senses and which urban atmospheres are disposing social interaction. Framed by the literature within the discipline, the conducted case study within this thesis is revealing the multisensory perception of streets as well as a vision-dominance. Observations and interviews in Barer Strasse in Munich suggest that the interplay of multiple sensory stimuli as well as small businesses on ground floors are creating a lively atmosphere, thereby enhancing social interaction. Despite the vision dominating the perception, this thesis argues for a multi-sensorial approach, including smelling, feeling and hearing within the urban planning and design discipline to create lively cities by strengthening the social function of streets through creating atmospheres that enhance social interaction.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Series
TRITA-ABE-MBT ; 19412
Keywords [en]
urban environment, social interaction, multisensory, perception, atmosphere, main streets
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-254567OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-254567DiVA, id: diva2:1333809
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Urban and Regional Planning
Educational program
Degree of Master - Spatial Planning
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2019-05-29, 00:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-07-05 Created: 2019-07-02 Last updated: 2019-07-05Bibliographically approved

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