Understanding landscape attributes, uses and their restorative potential is crucial in recovery and management interventions in disaster-prone environments. However, little is known about the role of key landscape features and how they work as an agent of recovery in the event of an earthquake. This study examined the relationship between landscape attributes and landscape use, and the relationship between restorative and landscape dimensions in Concepción, Chile, an earthquake prone city. Landscapes refer here to open spaces, both public and private, in cities or nearby, used for earthquake recovery. Through a Multiple Sorting Technique (based on Kelly's Personal Construct Theory), one hundred and thirteen respondents were asked to evaluate and sort 60 landscape photographs representing open spaces used by the community for earthquake recovery. Participants explored the different uses of the open space in two scenarios: emergency (in case of an earthquake) and non-emergency (use in daily life). Multivariate analyses revealed that in a non-emergency scenario, open spaces with nature-related features and with urban facilities were the best-loaded attributes. In contrast, in an emergency scenario, the presence/absence of water and the level of urbanization were the most important attributes determining open space use. The results also showed that in the emergency scenario, restorative qualities do not seem to play a significant role and were not associated with any kind of environmental use. The paper highlights the relevance of greenery, water, and built features in post-disaster planning and community recovery.

Open space and their attributes, uses and restorative qualities in an earthquake emergency scenario: the case of Concepción, Chile / Villagra-Islas, P.; Alves, Susana. - In: URBAN FORESTRY & URBAN GREENING. - ISSN 1618-8667. - 19:(2016), pp. 56-67. [10.1016/j.ufug.2016.06.017]

Open space and their attributes, uses and restorative qualities in an earthquake emergency scenario: the case of Concepción, Chile

Alves Susana
2016

Abstract

Understanding landscape attributes, uses and their restorative potential is crucial in recovery and management interventions in disaster-prone environments. However, little is known about the role of key landscape features and how they work as an agent of recovery in the event of an earthquake. This study examined the relationship between landscape attributes and landscape use, and the relationship between restorative and landscape dimensions in Concepción, Chile, an earthquake prone city. Landscapes refer here to open spaces, both public and private, in cities or nearby, used for earthquake recovery. Through a Multiple Sorting Technique (based on Kelly's Personal Construct Theory), one hundred and thirteen respondents were asked to evaluate and sort 60 landscape photographs representing open spaces used by the community for earthquake recovery. Participants explored the different uses of the open space in two scenarios: emergency (in case of an earthquake) and non-emergency (use in daily life). Multivariate analyses revealed that in a non-emergency scenario, open spaces with nature-related features and with urban facilities were the best-loaded attributes. In contrast, in an emergency scenario, the presence/absence of water and the level of urbanization were the most important attributes determining open space use. The results also showed that in the emergency scenario, restorative qualities do not seem to play a significant role and were not associated with any kind of environmental use. The paper highlights the relevance of greenery, water, and built features in post-disaster planning and community recovery.
2016
Earthquake-prone environments; landscape attributes; landscape use; open space; water
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Open space and their attributes, uses and restorative qualities in an earthquake emergency scenario: the case of Concepción, Chile / Villagra-Islas, P.; Alves, Susana. - In: URBAN FORESTRY & URBAN GREENING. - ISSN 1618-8667. - 19:(2016), pp. 56-67. [10.1016/j.ufug.2016.06.017]
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