This book is about the residential life experiences of different social groups in a metropolitan area and what they mean for environmental design and public policy. Residential environment is an important domain of quality-of-life experiences; good residential environments enhance life satisfaction and the individual’s overall sense of well-being. Environmental design and public policy are both important in shaping the quality of residential environments. It follows, therefore, that both designers and public policymakers should be apprised of how people perceive, use, image, and value their environment and what they need and expect from it. A good environment cannot be built without an understanding of its social and human purposes.


Residential Area User Preference American Public Health Association Environmental Design Design Paradigm 
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    For example, see the discussion in Chapter 2.Google Scholar
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    We do not regard innovations in housing or site planning such as the planned-unit-development concept as part of the concern here.Google Scholar
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    By paradigm, we mean its established usage (and not in the sense Thomas Kuhn, 1970, used it to describe research in “normal science”) here, that is, a model, or a pattern that “functions by permitting the replication of examples any one of which could in principle serve to replace it” (Kuhn, p. 23).Google Scholar
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    Here, we depart from the company of Alexander et al. (1977), who seem to have placed much trust in the “timeless ways” of building and design and who appear to have been less concerned about obsolescence and the need for the renewal of “patterns.” For a critical review of the “pattern language,” see Protzen (1977).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tridib Banerjee
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  • William C. Baer
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  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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