The Influence of Users’ Socio-Economic Background on the Perception and Involvement of Urban Spaces

Osman, Menatallah and Abdel-Salam, Hassan and Saadallah, Dina (2021) The Influence of Users’ Socio-Economic Background on the Perception and Involvement of Urban Spaces. CITIES 20.50 – Creating Habitats for the 3rd Millennium: Smart – Sustainable – Climate Neutral. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2021, 26th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 877-890. ISSN 2521-3938

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opportunities in their daily lives. Arguably, recreation and socio-economic status have always had a longstanding relationship. However, spatial perception is seen as the criteria which decides whether architecture succeeded at delivering a certain message, or satisfied a certain role within a specific context. In fact, perception is a highly creative process; although people relate to the same reality, they will perceive it in a different way according to what the environment means to each of them. Different environments will have different perceptual influences. These differences are derived from various personal backgrounds (knowledge, experience, culture, and physical). Furthermore, some studies suggest that low level of physical and recreational activities is more prevalent among lower income, less educated, and unemployed populations compared to higher income individuals. In turn, this could cause dissatisfaction with the living condition in the low-income neighborhoods and many of the associated issues can be traced to the inability of the city to meet the basic needs of its inhabitants. Neighborhood space in many contemporary residential communities, particularly in Third World countries, often has the appearance of no man's land. This is because public spaces in the contemporary city, in all their tidiness, are thought of as a secondary space, owned neither by the city nor by the individuals. It does not invite one to be or remain. This paper focuses on studying the manner in which people, with different visit purposes, perceive the space they visit, how and why users change their environment. This paper concludes that a large number of neighborhood park users are not neighborhood residents, they are indeed derived from lower-income neighborhoods where the access to open spaces is very limited. It is necessary to study the needs of the user groups with the least number of people in order to boost their visits to the park.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: open spaces, interaction, recreation, perception, Egypt
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 19:51
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2021 17:48

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