Affective Correlates of Landscapes for Passive Recreation in Institutional Campuses, Ogbomoso, Nigeria

Joseph Adeniran Adedeji, Joseph Akinlabi Fadamiro

Department of Architecture
Federal University of Technology
P.M.B. 704, Akure,
Ondo State, Nigeria
Corresponding Author: Joseph Adeniran Adedeji
niranadedeji@yahoo.com

 

ABSTRACT
In view of the sparing quantity and low quality of purpose-built recreation facilities in urban centres coupled with the busy schedules of an average modern worker, there is need to design the outdoor landscapes of work environments like campuses for passive recreation. This should be based on scientific evidence of the correlation between specific built-landscape elements and their affective correlates. This study therefore aims to find these correlates. The study was carried out in Ogbomoso, Nigeria in three campuses by administering close-ended questionnaires on the parameters broken down into fine-grained variables upon randomly selected respondents (N=261). Statistical results of the data obtained and analysed show that landscape elements for passive recreation have physical qualities that are attractable to human beings to evoke affective responses, and the two groups of variables are positively correlated. The study argues in favour of passive recreation through the outdoor landscape design of work environments and in conclusion suggests a robust approach to selecting elements for built landscape that will enhance suitable affects for passive recreation.

Keywords: Built Landscapes; Landscape Elements; Affective Characters; Passive Recreation.

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