Investigating landscape preference using fractal geometry

Agnès Patuano*

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This paper presents the second half of an exploratory study looking at the use of fractal dimensions of landscape photographs as predictors of preference judgements. An online survey was prepared and disseminated in both the UK and France to collect demographic and preference data. By comparing different types of preference (aesthetic, cognitive and affective), it was found that the fractal dimensions of the images were most reliably correlated with participants’ desire to explore a scene. This correlation was strongest using the fractal dimension of the image’s extracted edges, and for British participants who grew up in peri-urban or rural environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-83
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Digital Landscape Architecture
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventDigital Landscape Architecture Conference 2019: Informed by science, shaped by design - Dessau, Germany
Duration: 22 May 201925 May 2019


  • Fractal analysis
  • Fractal dimension
  • Preference


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