<p>Some parks, preserves, and other natural areas serve people well; others are disappointing. Successful design and management requires knowledge of both people and environments.<p>With People in Mind explores how to design and manage areas of "everyday nature"-parks and open spaces, corporate grounds, vacant lots and backyard gardens, fields and forests-in ways that are beneficial to and appreciated by humans. Rachel Kaplan and Stephen Kaplan, leading researchers in the field of environmental psychology, along with Robert Ryan, a landscape architect and urban planner, provide a conceptual framework for considering the human dimensions of natural areas and offer a fresh perspective on the subject. The authors examine.<p><li>physical aspects of natural settings that enhance preference and reduce fear <li>ways to facilitate way-finding <li>how to create restorative settings that allow people to recover from the stress of daily demands <li>landscape elements that are particularly important to human needs <li>techniques for obtaining useful public input
Rachel Kaplan is professor of environmental psychology in the School of Natural Resources and Environment and professor of psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has for more than a quarter of a century played a key role in the field of environmental psychology, and has co-authored three books, including The Experience of Nature (Cambridge, 1989).
Stephen Kaplan is professor of psychology and professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has for more than a quarter of a century played a key role in the field of environmental psychology, and has co-authored three books, including The Experience of Nature (Cambridge, 1989).
Robert L. Ryan is an award-winning landscape architect who recently completed his doctoral dissertation on people's attachment to natural areas.