Original Article

Visual assessment of rural landscape with different characters


Department of Landscape Architecture, Nevşehir Hacı Bektas Veli University, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, 50300, Nevşehir, Turkey


Department of Landscape Architecture, Atatürk University, Faculty of Architecture and Design, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey

FORESTIST 2019; 69: 44-60
DOI: 10.26650/forestist.2019.040219
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Rapid urbanization and urban structuringmade in resonse to intense and stressful living conditions has been puttingundue pressure on city residents. In addition, the harmful effects of urban andindustrial pollutants increases with every passing day. For these reasons, theexistence and nature of rural areas become even more important as the aestheticand functional roles of rural sites grow. The visual value of the landscape isthe initial data that reflects the identity of the area and the beginning oflandscape planning. Visual quality has a particularly decisive value for thegoals of minimizing intervention and making the right planning decisions forrural areas. This study aimed to conduct visual evaluation on rural areas thatfeature different characters. Visual Landscape Quality Analysis was performedon designated rural settlements (10 villages situated in Bayburt). Resultsshowed that the highest rated landscape unit was Vegetation Landscape (M =0.78), with Path Landscape ranking second (M = 0.71), and followed byAgricultural Landscape in third rank (M = 0.70). The Cultural Landscape rankedthe least (M = −0.43).

Cite this paper as: Özhancı, E., Yılmaz, H., 2019. Visual assessment of rural landscape with different characters. Forestist 69(1): 44-60.

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