Understanding landscape preference using fractal geometry

  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm

  • Edinburgh College of Art Main Building, Board Room (L05)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

This seminar is a discussion of the results obtained during the second part of Agnès’ PhD study, which generally explored the use of fractal characteristics of landscape photographs as predictors of landscape preference. This section focuses on collecting preference ratings through an online survey disseminated in France and the UK.

It was found that different groups of participants reacted differently to the fractal dimensions and that some of those groups were significantly influenced by those characteristics while others were not. Interestingly, the aspect of our preference judgement most correlated with the values of fractal dimensions was our “interest” preference, measuring participants’ desire to explore the depicted scenes.

This challenges the underlying status quo on the aesthetic value of fractal patterns as well as shining a new light on the landscape characteristics most likely to elicit positive preference.


Part of the OPENspace seminar series. 

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