INTERACTION BETWEEN URBAN DESIGN AND ERGONOMICS OF FITTINGS. CASE STUDY OF TRABZON COASTAL. AREA


Bayramoglu E., Akinci Y. C. , Demirel O.

JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY, vol.17, no.2, pp.711-718, 2016 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND ECOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.711-718

Abstract

Human beings are among the main components of the environment that they live in. Cities, on the other hand, are not just places where people conduct their daily activities, but the combination of spaces where people deal with such activities as resting and entertainment. Habitability of the urban areas can only be possible in an environment which is compatible with its users. From this perspective, the interaction of people with the urban fittings placed in the city is a key factor in increasing the quality of life of people sharing the urban life. Elements of urban fittings maintain a physical interaction between the users and the area, being in harmony with the environment they are placed in and gaining function and an identity for the given area. Elements of urban fittings that enable different activities for different users should be suitable for the measurements of human body. As a result, elements of urban fittings should comply with ergonomic anthropometric principles in the evaluation of the physical environment. The current study has been conducted in order to reveal the importance of ergonomics with the approach of increasing the quality of life of the users of urban areas that benefit from the open green spaces within the city. In this sense, the ergonomic compliance of the elements of landscape fittings placed on the Trabzon Shoreline recreational area, which is intensively utilised especially during the summer months and constitute the only access point to the sea for the community, will be assessed. Trabzon shoreline will be evaluated in terms of purpose of utilisation and access to the city. By applying an interview to the users, the interaction of human-fittings-ergonomics will be investigated. At the end of the study, suggestions will be made especially to adjust the physical environment to the optimum level for its users.