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Human Sensory Assessment Linked with Geo- and Mobile-Data Processing Methods in Urban Planning Exemplified on Different Planning Cultures in Germany and Egypt

Benjamin Bergner; Jan Exner; Martin Memmel; Rania Raslan; Dina Taha; Manar Talal; Peter Zeile
In: Stan Geertman; John Stillwell; Fred Toppen (Hrsg.). Proceedings of CUPUM 2013. Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM-13), Planning Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Development, July 2-5, Utrecht, Netherlands, Pages 1-18, ISBN 978-90-816960-2-9, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, 7/2013.


Human sensory assessment is a new approach to objectively gather subjective data concerning humans' perception of space and emotional reactions towards space in real-time. The resulting data enables urban planners to get a more comprehensive view of interdependencies between people and their urban environment. This paper shows the methodical framework beginning from gathering over processing and analyzing to visualizing emotional reactions of selected participants. The research aims to optimize and automatize the processing between human sensory assessment, geo- and mobile-data. The challenge lies in joining and processing the generated various data types to gain visual tangible results. In order to apply the complete methodical repertoire, different case studies and exemplary analyses were conducted in Germany and Egypt, dealing with the exemplary research question "How do people of different cultures perceive their environment in different countries?"