Landscape Visual Quality

  • From the practical pint of view, the analysis and regulation of landscape visual quality is relevant because of the growth of the communicative importance of the visual environment to the society and its integration into relations of the market economy.
  • The conception of the visual environment includes:
  1. Object as the material environment,
  2. Subject, according to which the environment is analyzed.
  • Thereby, on purpose to solve this problem, it is not enough to find out only objective indicators of landscape visual quality, but it is also very important to show the importance of landscape visual quality to the society and social preferences evaluating landscape visual quality.
  • Ch. Osgood performed semantic studies of connotative meanings (good-bad, like-dislike, and etc.) and identified three basic semantic dimensions that people use for making judgements on the environmental quality, such as subjective (assessment of feelings), potency (capabilities), and activity (functions of usage).

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  • S. Kane (1981) applied this method to determine the most aesthetically attractive landscapes of Australia using principles of the structural analysis. He also suggested using that method to collect data on landscapes preferences of a particular population.
  • Author proposal’s is a series of interdisciplinary factors that results in a group of landscape visual quality preferences.

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Cited in: Jūratė Kamičaitytė-Virbašienė, Rolandas Janušaitis: Some methodological aspects of landscape visual quality preferences analysis. Environmental Research, engineering and management. 2004. N*3(29):51-60 Link

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