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Children’s Sense of Attachment to the Residential Common Open Space

Key Message

The presence of natural features and facilities has more effect on developing children's sense of place attachment than architectural design of surrounding building such as material and colour of façade and access-related features.


Shabak, Maryam et al. (2015). Children's Sense of Attachment to the Residential Common Open Space. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences. 201: 39-48. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.08.117


Children's separation from the natural environment in an urban area has caused difficulties in their mental and physical development. This study aimed to investigate the children's perception in order to determine a successful residential common open space in high-rise gated communities by stressing on physical characteristics of the place, which enhance the sense of attachment.


The finding reveals that natural features are the most prominent aspects of common space for children. They valued the natural features rather than size and location of common open space as site development indicators and architectural design of surrounding buildings. Children were strongly affected by the presence of gardens, trees, fountains, pavement with natural materials. The least effective dimensions as participant voted are access-related features. 


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Leadership Provided By:

  • Leisure Information Network (LIN)
  • Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

On Behalf Of:

  • Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRAA)

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