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|Type of Document
||Visual perception and preference of water features in relation to environmental background
||Master of Landscape Architecture
|Owens, Patsy Eubanks
|Buhyoff, Gregory J.
|Miller, Patrick A.
|Date of Defense
This study investigates the hypothesis that tnere is a relationship between people's provenance
from urban, suburban, and rural environments and their visual perception and preference of natural
versus man-made water features.H A sample of 165 college students was surveyed, using a questionnaire
in combination with a slide presentation as a survey instrument. Quantitative as well as
qualitative data were gathered through slide ratings (employing the Scenic Beauty Estimation
technique) and written responses. The results of the study show that, contrary to the expectations,
there was in fact very little difference regarding the visual perception and preference of all three
groups. Overall, moving water was preferred over still water, and natural water features were preferred
over man-made designs. The preference ratings for the man-made water features that were
predominantly characterized by natural aspects such as water and vegetation were comparable to
the preference ratings of the natural water features.
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