As distinct from "love for public spaces" which I understand agoraphilia to mean. Since I think the Greek agora means an "assembly" or "market place"; not "open spaces".

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    Agoraphilia is alright.
    – vickyace
    Apr 18, 2017 at 8:54
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    @vickyace I think you'd better look up the term before possibly leading OP into trouble. Apr 18, 2017 at 10:16
  • @EdwinAshworth I understand what you're saying. It can be used in situations when an alternate interpretation is possible.
    – vickyace
    Apr 18, 2017 at 10:25
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    @vickyace Anyone can use words or 'words' any way they want. But I can't find any supporting evidence that 'agoraphilia' would be assumed to mean / has been used to mean 'a love of open spaces', and the evidence I have found supports the view that it would be assumed to have the meaning psychologists give it if anything. Apr 18, 2017 at 10:32
  • @EdwinAshworth What about this approach: If two people are aware of the word agoraphobia, but nor agoraphilia, they would immediately interpret it to be the way OP asked. If they aren't aware of either, they'd figure it out if they learn of the meanings of the root words independently. Psychologists have ruined a good word. Caveat for the OP - user discretion is advised.
    – vickyace
    Apr 18, 2017 at 10:53

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If by "open spaces" you mean areas away from buildings, a possibility is outdoorsy.


unusually fond of outdoor life:
an outdoorsy type who always swam before breakfast.

Oxford Living Dictionaries:

Of, associated with, or fond of the outdoors.
‘Bill is such an outdoorsy kind of guy’

  • This seems more specific. As in it seems defined in opposition to indoors. Instead of being opposed to confined spaces. Apr 22, 2017 at 8:24
  • Claustrophobia is the fear of confined spaces, so I guess it could also be the love of non-confined spaces.
    – Barmar
    Apr 22, 2017 at 14:00

Kenomania? Or kenophilia? Both came up when looking into this.

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