by: Siham Saleh
During the last summer, I was studying at INTO Newcastle University Pre-Sessional course as a preparation period for enhancing academic English language. Certainly, I have done a small study about the physical environment and use of outdoor spaces at Newcastle University. In brief, I would like to share with you this modest work in order to discuss with you, if the outdoor spaces at Newcastle university are successfully used or not? Also, what is your point of view,how the open space can be used? What the most attractive of physical environment can affect the range of using the space?
these following charts show the most interesting finding, one of them is represents that the main uses of both spaces were mainly for the Necessary activities (walking),the other one illustarte that both spaces were similar in terms of people’s perception to the appearance of green area.
According to Carmona (2007:143) the outdoor space can absorb different activities, which can be classified to three groups of outdoor activities. Necessary activities (walking and passing), Optional activities (sitting and sunbathing), and Social activities (greetings or meeting friends). However, Carmona and Tiesdell, whom I totally agree with, argue that “when outdoor areas are of poor quality, only strictly necessary activities occur”.
My new finding:
In fact, because I continuously use these spaces, as a result of the location of architectural building, the place that I reach almost in every day, as one of surrounding buildings on Quadrangle , my experience start to build up wider than before about to what I have done above. The normal observation that comes from my daily use of these spaces, have given me an opportunity to find a new aspects of which factors can affect the use of outdoor space. Especially, these days with very cold and bad weather, I recognize that, not only the physical environment can influence the use of outdoor spaces, but also the meaning of space or might the character of space can make the space preferably used. In clarity, the people who graduate in last year have their celebration in this time of the year. Obviously, I found that a great number of people standing on the Quadrangle with their families, taking the pictures, standing on the space etc. and when I asked some of them, why they standing in this very bad weather? The normal answer was because of the meaning of space as a place that represents Newcastle University for them, also the historical appearance of surrounding architecture facades. These follow pictures show us who people use the space in this period.
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