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AIA national award winner, rated ugliest building on campus, but that's okay, because it's also dysfunctional.

 

 

 

 

 

Research Areas

[Research InterestsBooks |Articles|Grants]

[Hear Jack Nasar on Open Line (2/05/08) with Fred Andrle discuss "How Architect Affects Us"]

Keynote address 10th Environment-Behavior Research Association, Harbin, China, Oct. 22-25, 2010, movie

[Download Landscape Post-occupancy evaluation form]

Letter to NYT May 2010

Research Interests

Physical planning, design review, performance of neo-traditional neighborhoods, environmental perception, meaning and aesthetics,environmental correlates of fear of crime, crime prevention through environmental design, sense of community, program and building programming and evaluation.[top]

Publications

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BOOKS (click on titles to download pdf abstract)

Design by Competition. 1999, Cambridge. Description

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The Evaluative Image of the City. 1998, Sage.

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Environmental Aesthetics. 1988, Cambridge.

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Directions in Person Environment Research and Practice. 1999.

 

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Universal Design and Visitability. 2007, John Gleen Institute.

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Designing for Designers, 2007, Fairchild. Description

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Visual Quality by Design, 2008, ASID & Haworth.

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SELECTED PRESS RELEASES: Review of Designing for Designers | Natural scenes calm drivers| Suburban auto use and sense of community | What makes cities visually appealing | Do design competitions work| McMansion regulations |

PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES

Nasar, J. L. & Troyer, D. forthcoming 2013. Do seats, food vendors, and sculpture improve plaza livability? Environment and Behavior, pre-publication draft

Nasar, J. L. & Troyer, D. 2013. Pedestrian injuries due to mobile phone use in public places. Accident Analysis and Prevention,57, 91-95.download pdf

Devlin, A. & Nasar, J.L. 2012. Impressions of psychotherapists' office: Do therapists and clients agree? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48, 118-122.download pdf

J Van Cauwenberg, V Van Holle, D Simons, R Deridder, P Clarys, L Goubert, J L Nasar, J Salmon, I De Bourdeaudhuij, B Deforche. 2012. Environmental factors influencing older adults’ walking for transportation: A study using walk-along interviews." International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9, 85-download at:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1479-5868-9-85.pdf

Nasar, J. L. & Devlin, A. 2011. Impressions of psychotheratrists' offices. Journal of Counseling Psychology,
58, 3, 310-320. download pdf

Anselin, L., Nasar, J. L., & Talin, E. 2011. Where do planners belong? Assessing the relationship between planning and design in American Universities. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 3, 196-207.download article

Nasar, J. L., & Cubukcu, E. 2011. Evaluative appraisals of mystery and surprise. Environment and Behavior, 43, 3, 387-414.  DOI 10.1177/0013916510364500

Nasar, JL. 2011. Environmental psychology and urban design. In T. Banarjee & A. Loukaitou-Sideris (Eds.) Companion to Urban Design (pp. 162-174). Routledge.

Nasar, J. L. 2010. Are retrofitted wheelchair entries separate but equal? Landscape and Urban Planning, 95, 169-174.

Nasar, JL & Terzano, K. 2010. The desirability of views of skylines after dark.
Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 2, 215-225. download pre-publication proof


Hur, M, Nasar, JL & Chun, B. 2010. Neighborhood satisfaction, physcial, perceived naturalness and opennes. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 30, 1, 52-59. download pre-publication proof

Nasar, JL & Stamps, AE. 2009. Infill McMansions: Style and the psychophysics of size. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 29, 110-123.
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Nasar, JL. 2008. Assessing perceptions of environments for active living research. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 34, 357-363. download the article

Nasar, JL, Hecht, P & Wener, R. 2008. Mobile telephones, distracted attention, and pedestrian attention. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 40, 69-75. download the article

Nasar, JL, Hecht, P & Wener, R. 2007. 'Call if you have trouble': Mobile phones and safety among college students. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 31.4, 863-873. download the article

Nasar, JL, Evans-Cowley , JS & Mantero, V. 2007. McMansions: The extent and regulation of super-sized houses. Journal of Urban Design, 12, 3, 339-358.download the article

Nasar, JL & Cubukcu, E. 2005. Influence of physical characteristics of routes on distance cognition in virtual environments. Environment and Planning B., 32, 777-785. download the article

Nasar, JL, Stamps, AE, and Hanyu, K. 2005. Form and function in public buildings, Journal of Environmental Psychology, 25,159-165. download the article

Cubukcu, E & Nasar, JL. 2005. Relation of physical form to spatial knowledge in large scale virtual environments. Environment and Behavior, 37, 397-417. download the article

Stamps, AE, Nasar, JL & Hanyu, K. 2005. Planner’s Notebook: Using Pre-construction Validation to Regulate Urban Skylines. Journal of the American Planning Association, 71, 73-91 . download the article

Evans-Cowley, J & Nasar, JL. 2004. Amarilllo yard art: A case study of resident responses to yard signs and regulations of same. Journal of American Planning Association, 79, 67-80 . download the article

Nasar, JL & Lin, Y-H. 2004.Evaluative responses to five kinds of water features. Landscape Research, 28, 441- 450. download the article

Evans-Cowley, J & Nasar, JL. 2003. Yard Art: Who puts it up and why? A case study of Amarillo Texas. Geographical Review. 93, 97-113 . download the article

Nasar, JL & Li, M. 2003. Landscape mirror. The attractiveness of reflective water. Landscape and Urban Planning, 66, 232-238. download the article

Cackowski, J M & Nasar, JL 2003.Restorative effects of roadside vegetation: Implications for automobile driver anger and frustration. Environment and Behavior, 35, 736-751. download the article. View News Clip

Nasar, JL. 2003. Does neotraditional development build community? Journal of Planning Education and Research, 23, 58-68.download the article

Nasar, JL. 2003. Prompting drivers to stop for pedestrians.Transportation Research F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior, 6, 175-182. download the article

Nasar, JL. 2002.What design for a presdietnial library? Complexity, typicality, order and historical significance.Empirical Studies of the Arts, 20, 1, 83-99. download the article

Nasar, JL. 2002. Images of cities. In NJ Smelser and PB Baltes (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (pp. 1822-1825).  Pergamon, Oxford. 2001. download the article

Nasar, JL & Devlin, AS. 2000. Regional variation in preferences forvernacular houses.Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30, 1, 41-66. download the article

Heft, H & Nasar, JL 2000.Evaluating environmental scenes using dynamic versus static displays. Environment and Behavior, 32, 3 301-322. download the article

Nasar, JL & Hong, X. 1999. Visual preferences in urban signscapes. Environment and Behavior, 31, 5, 671-691. download the article

Nasar, JL & Kang, J-M. 1999. House style preference and meaning across taste cultures.Landscape and Urban Planning, 44, 33-42. download the article

Nasar, JL & Grannis, P. 1999.Design review reviewed - Administrative versus discretionary methods. Journal of the American Planning Association, 65, 4 424-433. download the article

Stamps, AE III & Nasar, JL. 1997.Design review and public preferences: Effects of geographic location, public consensus, sensation seeking and architectural styles. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 17, 11-32. download the article 

Nasar, JL & Jones, K. 1997. Landscapes of fear and stress. Environment and Behavior, 29, 3, 291-323. download the article

Fisher, B & Nasar, JL. 1995. Fear spots in relation to microlevel physical cues - exploring the overlooked. Journal Of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 32, 2, 214-239. download the article

Nasar, JL & Julian, D. 1995. The psychological sense of community in the neighborhood.Journal of the American Planning Association, 61, 2, 178-184. 1995. download the article

Nasar, JL. 1994. Urban design aesthetics: The evaluative quality of building exteriors.Environment and Behavior, 26, 377-401.download the article

Nasar, JL & Fisher, B. 1993. "Hot Spots" of Fear of Crime: A Multiple-Method Investigation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 13, 187-206. download the article

Nasar, JL, Fisher, B & Grannis, M. 1993. Proximate physical cues to fear of crime. Landscape and Urban Planning, 26, 161-178. download the article

Purcell, AT & Nasar, JL. 1992. Experiencing other people's houses: A model of similarities and differences in environmental experience. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 12, 199-211. download the article

Fisher, B & Nasar, JL. 1992. Fear in relation to three site features: Prospect, refuge and escape. Environment and Behavior, 24, 35-62. download the article

Nasar, JL & Fisher, B. 1992. Design for vulnerability: Cues and reactions to fear of crime. Sociology and Social Research, 76, 2, 48-58. download the article

Nasar, JL & Johnson, E. 1991. The personality of the profession, Landscape Journal, 9, 102-108.

Nasar, JL 1990. The evaluative image of the city. Journal of the American Planning Association, 56, 41-53.

Nasar, JL & Yurdakul, R. 1990. Patterns of behavior in urban public spaces: A case study. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 7, 71-85.

Nasar, JL & Devlin, K. 1989. Beauty and the beast: Some preliminary comparisons of "Popular" vs. "High" architecture and public vs. architect judgments of same. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 9, 333-344.

Nasar, JL 1989. A post-jury evaluation: The Ohio State University Design Competition for a Center for the Visual Arts. Environment and Behavior, 21, 464-484. download the article

Nasar, JL 1989. Symbolic meanings of house styles. Environment and Behavior, 21, 235 257. download the article

Nasar, JL 1987. Physical correlates of perceived quality in lakeshore development. Leisure Science, 9, 259‑279.

Nasar, JL & de Nivia, C. 1987. A post-occupancy evaluation for the design of a light pre-fabricated housing system for low income groups in Colombia, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 4, 199‑211.

Nasar, JL 1987. Effects of signscape complexity and coherence on the perceived visual quality of retail scenes. Journal of the American Planning Association, 53, 499‑509

Nasar, JL. 1987. Environmental correlates of affective appraisals of central business district scenes. Landscape and Urban Planning, 4, 117‑130.

Nasar, JL & Julian, D. 1985. Effects of labeled meaning on the affective quality of housing scenes. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 5, 335-344.

Nasar, JL. 1985. Out of sight, further from mind: Destination visibility and distance perception. Environment and Behavior, 17, 627 639.download the article

Nasar, JL & Farokhpay, M. 1985. Assessment of activity priorities and design preferences of elderly residents in public housing: A case study. The Gerontologist, 25, 251-257.

Nasar, JL & Greenburg, M. 1984. The preparedness and reactions of citizens to warnings and crisis relocation for nuclear attack. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 14, 457 500.

Nasar, JL. 1984. Visual preferences in urban scenes: A cross-cultural comparison between Japan and the U.S. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 15, 79-93.download the article

Nasar, JL. 1984. Modifiers of perceived spaciousness and crowding among different cultural groups, ERIC Reports, Nov., ED 257 734, 25 pages.

Nasar, JL. 1983. Environmental factors, perceived distance and spatial behavior. Environment & Planning B, 10, 275-281.download the article

Nasar, JL, Julian, D, Buchman, S, Humphreys, D & Mrohaly, M. 1983. The emotional quality of scenes and observation points: A look at prospect and refuge. Landscape Planning, 10, 355-361.

Nasar, JL 1983. Adult viewer preferences in residential scenes. Environment and Behavior, 15, 589 -614. download article

Mann, S & Nasar, JL 1982. The economic utility of health affected by environmental change. Journal of Environmental Management, 15, 301-310.

Nasar, JL 1981. Visual preferences of elderly public housing residents: Residential street-scenes. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 1, 303- 314.

Nasar, JL. 1981. A model relating visual attributes in the residential environment to fear of crime, Journal of Environmental Systems, 11, 247-255.

Nasar, JL 1981. Environmental factors and commercial burglary. Journal of Environmental Systems, 11, 49-56.

Nasar, JL 1981. Responses to different spatial configurations. Human Factors, 23, 439-446.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

Nasar, J. L. (forthcoming). Meaning matters for design: Planning appearances. In G. T. Moore, D. Lu and R. J. Lamb (Eds.). The Built Environment For The 21st Century: Environment, Behaviour and Society. The Netherlands: Springer.

Nasar, J. L. (2011). Environmental psychology and urban design. In T.  Banerjee & A. Loukaitou-Sideris (Eds.). Companion to Urban Design (pp. 162-174). Routledge.

Nasar, J. L. (2010). Are retrofitted wheelchair entries separate and unequal. In W. F. E. Preiser (Ed.) Handbook of Universal Design (pp. 41.1 - 41.10). NY: McGraw Hill.

Izzo, M. V., Rissing, S. W., Anderson, C., Nasar, J. L. & Scott Lissner, L. (2010). Universal design for learning in the college classroom. In W. F. E. Preiser (Ed.) Handbook of Universal Design (pp. 39.1 – 39.6). NY: McGraw Hill.

Nasar, J. L. & Evans-Cowley, J. (2007). Preface. In J. L. Nasar & J. Evans-Cowley (Eds.), Universal Design and Visitability: From Accessibility to Zoning (p. v-vii). Columbus, OH: The John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

Nasar, J. L., Preiser, W. F. E. & Fisher, T. (2007). Introduction: The Context of Architectural Education Today. In Nasar et al. (eds.), Designing for Designers. New York: Fairchild.

Preiser, W. F. E. and Nasar, J. L. (2007). Assessing Designs of Schools of Architecture. In Nasar et   al. (eds.), Designing for Designers. New York: Fairchild.

Nasar, J. L., Preiser, W. F. E., and Fisher, T. (2007). Lessons Learned and the Future of Schools of Architecture. In Nasar et al. (eds.), Designing for Designer s. New York: Fairchild.

Nasar, J. L. (2007). Austin E. Knowlton Hall at The Ohio State University. In Nasar et al. (eds.), Designing for Designer s. New York: Fairchild.

Nasar, J. L. (2001). Images of Cities. in P.B. Baltes and N.J. Smeiser (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 3, pp. 1821-5), E. Birch (section ed.) Urban Studies and Planning. Elsevier Sciences Ltd.

Nasar, J. L. (2000) The evaluative image of places. Invited chapter in K. Craik, R. Price & B. Walsh (Eds.) Directions in Person-Environment Psychology, 2nd edition. (pp. 117-168), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Submitted to Editors in 1998.

Nasar, J. L. (1999). Forward. In P. Rodeman Patterns in Interior Environments: Perception, Psychology, and Practice. John Wiley & Sons.

Nasar, J. L. (1999). Perception and evaluation of street scenes. In Nasar, J. L. & Preiser, W. (Eds.). Directions in Person Environment Research and Practice (pp. 253-275). Avery Press.

Nasar, J. L. (1997). New developments in aesthetics for urban design. in Moore, G. & Marans, R. (Eds.) Advances in Environment, Behavior, and Design, Vol. 4. New York: Plenum.

Nasar, J. L. (1992). Urban design aesthetics: The evaluative quality of building exteriors. In B. Lightner & W. Preiser (Eds.) Design Review: Debating Practice and Issues Refereed Conference Proceedings.

Nasar, J. L. (1992). Connotative meanings of house styles. In E. Arias (Ed.). The Meaning and Use of Housing. London: Gower.

Nasar, J. L. (1989). Perception, cognition and evaluation of urban places. In I. Altman and E. Zube (Eds.) Human Behavior and Environment: Public places (pp. 31‑56). New York: Plenum.

Nasar, J. L. (1988). Visual preferences in urban street scenes: A cross-cultural comparison between Japan and the U.S. In J. L. Nasar (Ed.) Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research and Applications (pp.260‑274). NY: Cambridge University Press.

Nasar, J. L. (1988). Dimensions of perception and preference in housing environments. In J. L. Nasar (Ed.) Environmental Aesthetics: Theory, Research and Application (pp. 275‑290). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Nasar, J. L. (1988). Effects of signscape complexity and coherence on the perceived visual quality of retail scenes. In J. L. Nasar (Ed.) Environmental Aesthetics: Theory Research and Applications (pp.300‑320). NY: Cambridge.

Nasar, J. L. (1979). The impact of visual aspects of residential environments on hedonic response, interest and fear of crime, Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University.

Summers, L., Douglas, T. & Nasar, J. L. (1978.) WESSPAC: Wesley Town Simulation package. In H. Sanoff (Ed.) Designing with Community Participation, New York: McGraw Hill.

Mann, S., Douglas, T. & Nasar, J.L. (1976). Gaming approach to willingness-to-pay. A benefit-cost procedure for pesticide use decisions. University Park, P.A.: Pennsylvania State University Center for the Study of Environmental Policy.

Bazan, E., Nasar, J. L. & Swanson, L. (1974). Planning aspects affecting the food services: Study of planning and spatial issues. In T.F. Powers & J. Swinton (Eds.) The Future of the Food services: A Basis for Planning.

SELECTED OPINION PIECES

Nasar, JL. 2006. STILL WALKABLE, STILL SITTABLE. A pedestrian mall in Denver is a successful civic space. Landscape Architecture, 96, 5, May, 58-61. download the article

Nasar, JL. 2005. A case of form over function: What design lessons will students take away from Ohio State's new school of architecture. Landscape Architecture, 95, 9, Sept., 173, 171, 172. download the article

Nasar, JL. 2005. Wexner Center: Not a minor problem. The New York Times Arts Section, Sept. 25. download the article

Nasar, JL. 2003. What a building says about us. The New York Times Editorials/Op Ed, Oct. 15. download the article

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Grants

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2008. Nasar, JL. Communicative Cities: Integrating Technology and Place. Battelle Endowment for Human and Technological Affairs. $49,229.

2008. Nasar, JL & Gordon, S. I. Environmental Perception, Evaluation and Desirabilty for Physical Activity among African-American Families of Different Incomes. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Active Living Research program. $ 149,806.

2006. Evans-Cowley, J, Nasar, JL & Lissner, S. Universal Design Leadership Project Inclusive Environments for Inclusive Communities. National Endowment for the Arts. $50,000.

2003. Nasar, JL & Appia, O. Cell Phones, Perceived Safety and Crime Victimization.Criminal Justice Research Center, $5,483.

2000. Nasar, JL. Crime and fear in gated communities. Criminal Justice Research Center, $ 5000

1998-1999 Nasar, JL. Columbus Neighborhood Technical Assistance Program, City of Columbus,Contract, $267,000

1997-1998 Nasar, JL. Graham Foundation Grant for “Exemplary Design Research Awards Program,” with environmental design research association (edra) and Places magazine, $ 20,400.

1996-7 Nasar, JL. Columbus Neighborhood Technical Assistance Program. City of Columbus,$253,419.*

1995-6 Nasar, JL. Columbus Neighborhood Technical Assistance Program. City of Columbus, $ 222,333.*

1994-5 Nasar, JL & Gordon, S. Columbus Neighborhood Technical Assistance Program. City of Columbus. $ 205,357.*

1994 Fisher, B, Sloan, J, Nasar, JL & Cullen F. Understanding Crime Victimization on College Campuses: Implications for Crime Prevention. National Institute of Justice, $ 202,130.

1993-4 Nasar, J & Gordon, S. Columbus Neighborhood Technical Assistance Program. City of Columbus, $229,036.*

1992-3 Nasar, JL & Gordon, S. Columbus Neighborhood Technical Assistance Program. City of Columbus, $ 193,986. *

*An ongoing technical assistance program, which funds fourteen planning students to work as planning staff for neighborhood area commissions. The program required quarterly and annual reports, and annual proposals for funding, requiring approval from City Council.

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