Deciding Where to Live: An Interdisciplinary Approach to by Pierre Frankhauser, Dominique Ansel

By Pierre Frankhauser, Dominique Ansel

This booklet proposes, from a cross-disciplinary standpoint, an unique analyzing of present paintings on residential selection and the choices linked to it. Geographers, social-psychologists, economists, sociologists, neurologists and linguists have labored jointly within the context of collective examine into evaluate, selection and decision-making within the use of city and periurban areas. a man-made outlook has been created from those complimentary medical references. The booklet, that's designed as a guide, additionally presents the chance to set out different methods to accommodate the types that have been constructed during this field.

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Deciding Where to Live: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Residential Choice in its Social Context

This e-book proposes, from a cross-disciplinary point of view, an unique interpreting of present paintings on residential selection and the selections linked to it. Geographers, social-psychologists, economists, sociologists, neurologists and linguists have labored jointly within the context of collective learn into evaluate, selection and decision-making within the use of city and periurban areas.

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Meaning is not easily constructed among individuals, groups, and urban spaces. Practices and experiences in the city are odd and depend on personal histories and social conditions (cf. chapter 3). —some zones will be experienced differently depending on whether they are perceived realistically or represented as hostile or on the contrary welcoming, depending on people’s personal backgrounds. Space can cause anxiety (because of excessive densities, poor lighting of certain places, the run-down appearance of buildings, or clusters of “suspicious” looking individuals), without engendering crime for all that.

Walls The “philosophy of extension” concerns the space represented. By reference to Descartes’ distinction between res cogitans (thought) and res extensa (matter), space represented in knowledge is engendered by axes (two for area and three for volume), the origin point of which is arbitrary, and that can be used to locate at a point in this, what is called representational space, each object or each observation depending on the position occupied on each of these axes. The consequences are: (1) the observer is no longer located in the field of observation as before but outside of it; (2) no point in this space is special; (3) what matters to the observer is the position of individuals or objects with respect to each other, clusters of positionings, that is, densities represented by clouds of points.

In our context, we are interested in emotions the city-dweller feels when travelling through urban space. The duration of these emotions and their intensity probably vary with the individual’s position (stationary or moving) and mode of locomotion where applicable: on foot, by car, train, bike, wheel chair, etc. Their sum total, associated with a degree of regularity in paths taken or in the use of a living space, probably eventually produces a general or partial “urban impression” on the scale of the district, neighbourhood, or place of accommodation: impressions of order or disorder, upkeep or lack of it, cleanliness or dirtiness, wealth or poverty, safety or insecurity (cf.

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