New Research: A Public Life Experiment ~ by Professor Jordi Honey-Rosés


Research by SCARP faculty member, Jordi Honey-Rosés, has been published in the leading planning journal, the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA). The research used an innovative experimental research design to test how perceptions of public space might change when more people were added to the public realm. The study found that increasing the number of public users in a residential neighbourhood may slightly decrease the perceived quality of the public space. Women’s perceptions differ from those of men, and women are more sensitive to the addition of public users. The study illustrates how planners may use public life experiments to anticipate how the public might respond to future changes in the public realm.

The article has been posted Open Access and may be downloaded here

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Figure 3. A comparison of mean Likert scores of surveyed public users during typical conditions (without additional public users) and during the experimental treatment (with people).


Honey-Rosés, J., O. Zapata. 2021. The impacts of residential densification on the perceptions of public space: a field experiment.  Journal of the American Planning Association. doi: 10.1080/01944363.2020.1846597