“How the City Hurts Your Brain (and what you can do about it)”
January 22, 2009
The need for natural light, part III
January 5, 2009
Therapeutic Landscapes Research Initiative (TLRI)
November 17, 2008
“Responses to Scenes with Spreading, Rounded, and Conical Tree Forms.”
This study sought to understand reactions and preferences of 206 participants to different types of tree forms. It was predicted that people would have a preference for the savanna-like spreading form. Participants viewed slides of trees that were digitally enhanced to emphasize the conical, spreading, and rounded tree forms. Measurement tools included preference questions, affective responses, skin temperature, and blood pressure. Results revealed that the spreading form was preferred over rounded and conical forms. It was also important that any tree form was preferred over inanimate objects in an urban setting. Trees, regardless of their shape or canopy density, are essential in urban environments for the well-being of the residents.” Environment and Behavior, 12/20/2007, 5 667-688.
More Useful Research on Landscapes for Health
October 23, 2008
The articles from InformeDesign have been coming fast and furious (they send weekly research summaries), so instead of listing each one separately, I’m listing three at a time today (as always, click on the colored words to connect to the links):
Wrote a Thesis? Share It With Others!
March 30, 2008
I got an email last week from a landscape architecture student who is writing a thesis on therapeutic landscapes. She’s in the midst of her literature review, and though the Therapeutic Landscapes Database lists several theses, most of these are unpublished and not in digital format (with a couple exceptions). Sometimes schools keep copies, but they are often difficult to get ahold of once they’ve been filed away. What a shame, all that good work sitting on a shelf somewhere. It should be more easily accessible so that we can share information and learn from each other.
So, I’m putting the call out:
If you have written a masters thesis or a Ph.D. dissertation related to the subject of therapeutic landscapes, please email me an electronic version, as well as the full citation, and I will list it on the TLD References page. You can also contact me by posting a comment to this blog. Thanks, Nancy, for getting the ball rolling!
Center for Health Design Position Papers
January 9, 2008
The Center for Health Design has published two good papers:
Wayfinding: Design for Understanding, written by Barbara J. Huelat, explores ways that wayfinding promotes healing, fiscal health and efficiency. In addition, other benefits of a strong wayfinding system are discussed.
Health and Nature: The Influence of Nature on Design of the Environment of Care, written by Jerry Smith, ASLA, LEED AP, reviews the impact of nature on healthcare environments. Smith also discusses the needs of various user groups within these spaces as they relate to nature.
Both are “Best Practices Papers”:
Based on the work the ESC did in 2005 for the “Environment of Care” chapter, individual members are drafting position papers on a variety of topics, including nature and wayfinding. They are available for download at: http://www.healthdesign.org/advocacy/adgroups/escouncil.php.