The Role Of Open Spaces In Urban Neighborhoods For Community Attachment

Community attachment

Keywords: Open spaces, Place attachment, Community attachment, Neighborhoods


In the literature of environmental psychology, studies investigating the interaction between people and the environment have contributed to the interpretation of this relationship by focusing on “place” and “place attachment” studies in recent years. The concept of place attachment and the theoretical framework of home, neighborhood, city, region etc. as well as different spatial scales. This research aims to address the concept of community attachment in the open green areas of the neighborhood, which is an indispensable element of daily life. One of the most appropriate spatial scales to investigate the social dimension of the place attachment (community attachment) is neighborhoods. Today, due to the rapid increase in housing and the planning of enclosed enclosures, spatial and social disruptions occur in the neighborhoods. This problem poses problems such as alienation, lack of communication and loneliness among the inhabitants of the neighborhood and negatively affects satisfaction, place attachment and community attachment. In this context, in this study, human-environment relations, space and place concept, place attachment and community attachment concepts and relations will be expressed within the scope of neighborhood scale. Thus, the focus of the physical and social characteristics of the neighborhood open green spaces on the level of satisfaction of the users, place attachment and the ability to create community attachments were focused.

Author Biography

Doruk Görkem Özkan, Karadeniz Technical University

Doruk Görkem Özkan received his BSc in Landscape Architecture from Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) in 2008. Also he received his MA (Post occupancy evaluation in urban open spaces: a case study of Trabzon coast line) and Ph.D. (The effects of campus open space environmental attributes on place attachment: the case study of KTU Kanuni Campus) in Landscape Architecture from Karadeniz Technical University in 2012 and 2017, respectively. Currently, he is a Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Landscape Planning and Design the Karadeniz Technical University and his research interests include landscape design,  environmental psychology, place attachment, pro-environmental behaviour. He is a member of KTU Environmental Problems Research and Application Center, Natural structures and landscape working group.