Nature & creativity : how and why nature enhances human creativity
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Plambech, Trine1, Forfatter
Konijnendijk, Cecil C.1, Vejleder
1Det Biovidenskabelige Fakultet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7002              
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Ukontrollerede emneord: Creativity, Eight Perceived Sensory Dimensions, Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Landscape Architecture, Qualitative interviews, Nature, Space, Serene, The Preparation Phase, The Incubation Phase
 Abstract: This thesis investigates nature’s ability to enhance human creativity. The thesis specifically tries to understand why and how nature may enhance our creativity, assuming that nature has a positive impact on creativity. Creativity is interesting to understand as it plays an essential role within our society and our ability to innovate and develop as a society. A theoretical frame built upon existing literature within the areas of psychology, environmental psychology, and landscape architecture forms the base of understanding the area. Empirical studies in the form of 17 qualitative interviews were performed with Danish creative professionals of different age, sex and profession about their creativity, their relation to nature as well as their experience of nature’s ability to stimulate their creativity. An additional literature study was performed and juxtaposed with the results of the empirical study. Findings from this study show that nature does indeed have the capacity to enhance creativity. The unique quality of nature is that it sets one in a state of mind which enhances creativity, because nature makes us feel open and unlimited, playful and excited, refocused and invigorated, calm and energized. Moreover nature can be a great source of direct inspiration, which also explains its ability to enhance creativity. The so-called perceived sensory dimensions ‘Nature’, ‘Space’ and ‘Serene’ contain and stimulate these factors and may therefore offer an explanation for why they are associated with the preferred types of nature when it comes to the enhancement of creativity. The findings indicate that nature especially can make a positive contribution in the two first phases of a creative process; The Preparation Phase and the Incubation Phase. The study is taking one of the first steps into the area of nature and creativity. The results suggest that it is fruitful to include and provide access to nature, especially in environments where we use, and are dependent on our creativity.
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Sprog: English - eng
 Datoer: 2012
 Sider: 83 pages
 Publiceringsinfo: København, Danmark : Skov & Landskab
 Indholdsfortegnelse: -
 Note: Landscape Architecture, Landskabsarkitekt, Final semester, Afsluttende semester
 Type: Speciale
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