Poster: Pedestrians’ stress vs sidewalk greenery.
Walkability in a sustainable environment offers a safe pedestrian networks by planning micro scale urban design and streetscapes for easy accessibility and mobility. Streets with sufficiently designed sidewalks not only ensure the safety of pedestrians but also promote walkability for health and recreational purposes. By improving the quality of sidewalk greeneries, the level of ‘recreational walking’ also can be increased positively. Sidewalk greeneries are equally important for physical and emotional health such as releasing stress by interacting with nature. However, little research has investigated how different the actual environmental settings influence the well-known determinant of health known as stress level. In our study, three types of sidewalk settings will be designated as ‘Very Natural’, ‘Moderately Built’ and ‘Very Built’ according to the amount of greeneries and the subjects will participate in the session for 20 minutes in walking and viewing. Outcome measurements will be taken before and after the experimental walking using the physiological index (Heart Rate Variability), psychological index (using SD semantic differential, POMS) and heat stress. Also, the Comparative analysis between subjective & objective measurement of stress will also be taken into consideration to identify if it varies in different sidewalk settings.
, College Station
Confirmed SpeakerTamanna Tasnum is a Master of Urban Planning student of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning department at Texas A&M University. She did her undergraduate studies in Architecture at Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh. While working as an Architect for three years in Bangladesh she gathered practical experiences both from industry and academia. Recently, she completed her summer internship from Texas A&M Transportation Institute in the division of Traffic Operations and Roadway Safety. She participated both in APA national conference and Texas APA conferences (2015 & 2016) and worked as a student volunteer.As a part of her study, she also worked in the Tactical Urbanism, a Legacy Project held in Galveston, 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Shannon Van Zandt. Currently she is working on Active Living Research as a graduate student under the direction of Prof. Chanam Lee which will be her final thesis study. During her graduation in May 2017, she is going to achieve two degree certificates from Transportation Planning and from Center of Health system Design.