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  1. Literature review:
  • The process of leisure: cognition or emotion? (Find adequate evidence and talk about briefly, leave the debate be, no further discussion)
  • Why emotion should be considered in landscape design?

à Four factors affect emotion

à Emotion could be affected by environment.

  1. Research:
  • General concept:

à Predict how a design changes people’s emotion through changing the environment on site (through vision, temperature, moisture, sound, etc.)

àEvaluate potential leisure level on site

  • Specific topic:

àHow water feature affect people’s leisure

  • Function of water feature
  • Approaches (through which water feature) affect leisure
  • Affecting factors: weather, seasons, other people, etc.
  • Audience (Divide into category, i.e., age)
  • Case Study
  • Conclusion


Summer 2012                    Literature review

Emotion and leisure

Precedents on leisure evaluation

Water feature in urban landscape (Types and functions)

Pick up (or make) stimuli (for survey), investigation, and survey

Pick up site(s) for case study

Start case study procedure

Fall 2012                              Analyze data

Some more survey maybe

Winter 2012                       Finalize data analysis

Draw a draft conclusion

Full check on all steps

Spring 2013                         Start thesis writing

Summer 2013                    End case study

Finalize thesis

R. Bruce Hull IV, Antony Harvey, Explaining the emotion people experience in suburban parks, Environment and Behavior, Vol. 21 No. 3, May 1989 pp. 323-345

R. Bruce Hull IV, Mood as a product of leisure: causes and consequences, Journal of Leisure Research, 1990, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 99-111

Michelle R. Greene, Aude Oliva, The briefest of glances: the time course of natural scene understanding, Psycological Science, 2009, Vol. 20, No. 4, pp. 464-472                                                               [NOT COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND]


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