The paper evaluates environmental perceptions and affective appraisal of contemporary versus traditional styles in architecture and public space. A recently-developed research method in this field of study is employed: panel evaluations of 360-degree videos of real environments, viewed with mobile-based virtual reality platform. The examined urban spaces are streetscapes and public squares. Results suggest that contemporary architectural styles – inspired by postmodernism and characterized by asymmetry, lack of ornamentation, and industrial appearance – are evaluated less positively than traditional styles – characterized by symmetry and ornamentation. Contemporary architecture scores lower in environmental perception than traditional architecture. This finding poses critical questions on current trends in architectural styles and subsequently on the livability of new built environments. The finding along with the novel research method could be of interest to the general public in Norway as well as internationally. The study is relevant to Norwegian public debates as it focuses on new building development currently taking place in Oslo and finds that its contemporary architectural style is evaluated less positively than traditional architecture in Oslo. Full paper is accessible from the link here.
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