Local residents' subjective perceptions: Finding meaning in the landscape of everyday life

Cha Hee Lee, Yong Hoon Son, Young Ran Tak, Jong Sang Sung

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Landscape planning by experts has limitations and can lead to the creation of nearly identical landscapes that do not reveal the subjective interpretations and values of local residents. When local residents' roles are restricted to merely token input, it is difficult to manage the landscape in a way that reflects the values stemming from the inhabitants 'relationship with it. To overcome these obstacles, it is crucial to understand the landscape local residents encounter in their everyday lives and how they perceive it. In this study, local residents' subjective perceptions were empirically analyzed. The authors interviewed 12 residents of suburban areas near Icheon, a major South Korean city, using a method they developed that combined photo elicitation and walking to gather data. They examined photos and residents' explanations of the landscape objects they found meaningful and analyzed the data using open coding based on grounded theory. The authors identified 11 factors in residents' subjective perceptions that influenced their interpretations of the landscapes; the factors were then divided into affective and cognitive dimensions. The analysis found that the affective factors had a strong influence on the process of forming a subjective landscape and that local residents assigned meaning to landscapes based more on connections with the village community than on connections with the individual. These findings could make it possible to design more sustainable, distinctive plans for landscapes by reflecting local residents' views and giving them a more active role in planning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-160
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Architectural and Planning Research
Volume34
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017 Jun 1

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Local residents' subjective perceptions : Finding meaning in the landscape of everyday life. / Lee, Cha Hee; Son, Yong Hoon; Tak, Young Ran; Sung, Jong Sang.

In: Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Vol. 34, No. 2, 01.06.2017, p. 147-160.

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