Urban Water Landscapes

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"Patterns of Behaviour around Urban Water Landscapes"
Tanvi Nakra
Studio 4-A

Water is referenced in different ways by many disciplines including design, planning, ecology, geology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, mythology, religion, art, literature and history. It is the most important life sustaining element after air. It has always been a highly preferred element in landscape design due to its unique ability to be moulded, sculpted and re-channelled. However, water features are generally placed in the landscape simply to fill an empty space with no forethought as to the meaning or value people place on water. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to discover why and how people and water
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The purpose of this study is to discover why and how people and water are connected, and what significant meaning it has to people. This dissertation involves the study of the history and influence of water features in the design of built forms and the role of water as a complimentary element so as to holistically form a restorative…show more content…
• Water features should have high degree of naturalness and reflect natural elements.
• Water should make a contrast with the surroundings or at least with the edges.
• It should reflect purity and cleanliness.
• Formal or informal seating opportunities should be accommodated at the edges or around the water features.
Water should be accessible such that it can be touched or physically felt.

1.12 KEY WORDS water features, water as a design element, water and built environment, urban features, experience, human psychology, behaviour.

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