Accessibility is the degree to which an environment is usable for all people, with particular attention to people with disabilities. Activity centers are thriving mixed-use areas that offer commercial services such as cafes, shopping and nightlife. These offer places to work, live, interact, conduct business and pursue interests.Blue space is visible water such as a river, lake, waterfront or canal system.Crowding refers dense urban environments that are unpleasant in some way. It is perfectly possible to achieve reasonably high density with a high quality of life. Underpopulation refers to an area that has experienced depopulation such that its community and economy have become unstable. For example, a neighborhood where half the houses are abandoned. This wouldn't apply to an area that has always had a low population.Food security is the degree to which a place depends on distant places for food.Energy security is the degree to which a place depends on other places for its energy. The term physical environment is also commonly used to refer to indoor environments such as the indoor air quality of a building.Physical security includes active elements such as police and passive elements such as infrastructure that prevents vehicles from driving into a pedestrian area.Natural surveillance is the degree to which people are visible in an area. A passive alternative to electronic surveillance. Night architecture is how a city looks at night and includes issues such as light pollution.Noise pollution is noise that disrupts the lives of people and local ecosystems. For example, loud motorcycles roaring through a quiet neighborhood at night. Not all noise is pollution and this is a matter of culture and perception. For example, a crowded restaurant with a noisy atmosphere may add to its feeling of liveliness. Solar access is the amount of sunlight that strikes a place. A key concern of urban planning as living in a damp shadowy place can be unpleasant.Wild places are spots that are close to their original state such as a protected forest.Restrictions to freedom may limit use of the physical environment. For example, a city filled with public space that doesn't provide freedom of movement such that it goes underutilized.Equal access refers to equality of access to the physical environment. For example, an island with beautiful beaches that are all privately owned such that locals have no access.
Noise Pollution / Pleasant Sound
Places of Scenic Beauty
Places to Play
Restrictions to Freedom
|Overview: Physical Environment|
The physical place where people live, work or spend time.