International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 6 Issue 5 2015- March 2016 Pages: 758 - 765 <<Previous    Next>>

Kansei Engineering and environmental design

Author Information:

Nasser Koleini Mamaghani1, Sara Mostowfi2
  1. Assistant Professor Ph.D, Department of Industrial Design, School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Iran University of Science & Technology, Tehran, Iran
2. Master Student of Industrial Design, School of Architecture and Environmental Design, Iran University of Science & Technology, Tehran, Iran.


Among public spaces, the public space around people’s house is the most prominent space that affects and impacts people’s daily life. Considering recreational public spaces in cities, their main purpose would be to design for experiences that enable a deep feeling of peace and a moment of being away from the hectic daily life. Respecting human emotions and restoring natural environments, although difficult and to some extend out of reach, are key issues for designing such spaces. In this paper we propose to analyses the structure of recreational public spaces and their related emotional impressions. Furthermore, we suggest investigating how these structures influence people’s choice for public spaces by using differential semantics. According to Kansei methodology, in order to evaluate a situation appropriately, the assessment variables must be adapted to the user’s mental scheme. This means that the first step would have to be the identification of a space’s conceptual scheme. In our case study, 32 Kansei words and 4 different locations, each with a different sensual experience, were selected. The 4 locations were all parks, each with a unique structure and artifacts such as a fountain, lighting, sculptures, and speakers playing music and so on. The places were 4 parks which each of them has different combination and structure of environmental and artificial elements like: fountain, lightning, sculpture, music (sound) and so forth. Received datas were analyzed by multivariate statistical technique (factor analysis and SPSS statics). Finally the results of this analysis are criteria as inspiration which can be used in future space designing for creating pleasant feeling in users.

Keywords: kansei engineering, environmental design, public space, scene


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