A perceptual model of smellscape pleasantness

Xiao, Jieling and Tait, Malcolm and Kang, Jian (2018) A perceptual model of smellscape pleasantness. Cities. ISSN 0264-2751

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Smellscape has increasingly attracted attentions across disciplines. However, little research provides a model to help understand the perceptual qualities of smellscapes. This paper, taking pleasantness as a perceptual quality dimension, aimed to explore indicators influencing people's pleasantness of smellscapes in a selected case. People's natural speaking language was used as resources to understand their perceptions. Grounded Theory was used as a methodological approach in this study in a selected case. Nineteen participants were recruited for smell walking with semi-structured interviews. Overall, nine indicators emerged from participants' descriptions which contribute to their smellscape pleasantness: cleanliness, preference, appropriateness, naturalness, freshness, familiarity, calmness, intensity and purity. Meanwhile, four types of pleasantness were found according to dominant indicators: preference dominated, healthiness dominated, memories and habituation dominated and context dominated. A perceptual model has been developed based on the indicators which can be used to classify smellscapes through their dominant perceptual features and evaluate smellscape qualities based on pleasantness.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2018.01.013
1 February 2018Published Online
12 January 2018Accepted
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-01 - architecture
CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-04 - planning (urban, rural and regional)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Jieling Xiao
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 10:23
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 13:28
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5618

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