Environmental Perception In Spanish Urban Spaces
(Supervisors: Simos Yannas, Paula Cadima)
The way people use public spaces is highly influenced by their environmental conditions. The continuous urbanization process has changed not only the environmental properties of our surroundings—light, wind, temperature, sound, pollution—but also our relationships to and interactions with them. This investigation attempts to understand the factors influencing environmental perception in the urban Spanish context as well as contributes to knowledge in relation to the appropriate strategies and techniques to achieve comfortable urban areas. The research focuses on the relationship between social interactions in urban public spaces and people’s experiences through environmental perceptions. Specifically, the aim is to understand how environmental conditions influence the use of public spaces.
Patricia Martin del Guayo is an architect and PhD Candidate in Environmental Design. She has recently graduated from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University with a Master’s of Architecture in Urban Design as a Gobierno Vasco Scholar. She previously obtained her degree in Architecture in San Sebastian, Spain, having studied as an Erasmus Scholar at TU-Wien, Austria. She worked as an architect in Spain and Germany and maintains her own design practice.