Perceived Quality of Residential Environments

Some Methodological Issues
  • Robert W. Marans
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 9)


Environmental planners and designers have given more attention to the residential environment than to any of the systems that interact to make up the metropolitan area. This attention is understandable. The residential environment is viewed as the place where an individual can relate himself socially and functionally to the complex world around him. It is considered to be richly diverse, both physically and socially, and constantly changing in terms of an aging landscape and a mobile population. And by design and redesign, it offers planners the opportunity to improve the quality of the physical surroundings and, in a very direct way, the livability of metropolitan area residents.


Methodological Issue Institutional Environment Residential Setting Residential Environment Preferential Judgment 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Marans
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  1. 1.Institute for Social Research, and College of Architecture and Urban PlanningThe University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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