The role of urban atmosphere for non-work activity locations

Harpa Stefansdottir*

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Urban atmospheres as emotionally perceived quality of a situation, have received limited attention in empirically based studies so far. This study applies the concept of urban atmosphere to explore what, whether and how atmospheric characteristics of different locations, mainly downtown areas but also neighbourhood centres and non-central areas, influence and are of importance for residents’ perceived quality of life. The results stem from 33 qualitative in-depth interviews conducted in the metropolitan areas of Oslo and Stavanger. Nine themes of atmospheres were identified in the interviews, referring to several common groups of both positive and negative characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-335
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018

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