Responsive Environment in Line with the Enhancement in the Sense of Belonging to Place with a View toward Promoting Creativity

Zahra Mahdinejad Goudarzi, Jamalodin Mahdinejad Darzi


Physical environment makes the basis for behavioral patterns as well as personal experiences to form. Affordance leads behavioral choices to be either narrowed or widened. Based on their behavioral needs which reflect their beliefs and insight, individuals manipulate the environment to which they finally adopt. Adapting with the environment gives rise to social interactions and senses of security and belonging, while prescribed elements within the environment, such as the nature, prepare a basis for individuals’ creativity to promote. As a concept which can be perceived from the environment, in an aware or unaware form, by the individuals’ mental cognition, the sense of belonging to place can put one in an internal connection with itself. This sense can act as a cause to transform an environment or space into a place with special sensual and behavioral features for the person, and promote the sense of belonging and creativity. Accordingly, the present research is aimed at investigating the associations among responsive environment, enhancement in the sense of belonging to place, and further, promoting the creativity. Data was collected from questionnaires distributed among 160 architectural engineers, randomly sampled from members of Engineers Association of Babol, during different hours of the day. The results indicate a significance level of less than 0.05. Considering the positive sign of the obtained Pearson’s coefficient of correlation, there is a positive significance association between the environmental affordance, the sense of belonging, and individuals’ creativity.



physical environment, sense of belonging, creativity, natural elements

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