Landscape and Urban Design for Health and Well-Being: Using by Gayle Souter-Brown

By Gayle Souter-Brown

In this e-book Gayle Souter-Brown explores the social, fiscal and environmental merits of constructing greenspace for well-being and health. She examines the facts at the back of the confident results of designed landscapes, and explains potent tools and ways that are positioned into perform by way of these trying to lessen bills and upload price via outdoors areas.

Using ideas from sensory, healing and therapeutic gardens, Souter-Brown makes a speciality of landscape’s skill to impact health and wellbeing, schooling and fiscal results. Already valued inside healthcare environments, those layout instructions for private and non-private areas expand the advantages all through our cities and cities.

Covering layout for college grounds to public parks, public housing to gardens for under pressure executives, this richly illustrated textual content builds the case to justify inclusion of a designed outside zone in venture budgets.  With case reviews from the united states, united kingdom, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Europe, it's a world, inspirational and important software for these attracted to landscapes that offer genuine merits to their clients.

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Interviewed by the author. , Kaiser, F. G. and Bowler, P. A. (2001). Psychological restoration in nature as a positive motivation for ecological behavior. Environment and Behavior, 33:590–607. IBT (International Business Times) (2013). Top 10 obese countries. htm Kaplan, R. and Kaplan, S. (1995, 2002). Experience of nature: a psychological perspective. Ann Arbor, MI: Ulrich’s. Kofler, W. (2010). Ecology and forests for public health. Munich: International Council For Scientific Development Kuo, F.

Such a preventative approach is at the heart of salutogenic design. The history: what were gardens for? We started the chapter by looking at the work of Edward O. Wilson. He says ‘Children who remain out of touch with the natural world are like cattle in a feedlot. ’ The same is true for adults, whether young or ageing, and especially those with disability involving any form of sensory impairment. When we live without regular contact with the natural world we may appear content, but are we fully engaged and living life to our potential?

Design for health and well-being requires us to focus first on where we have come from. In order to plan our way forward it is therefore helpful to look to the wisdom of the past. Indigenous peoples of North America, ancient wisdom from China, early philosophers and religious teachings from Europe and elsewhere, all look to the spiritual nature of the land, and its capacity to heal. When surrounded by the beauty, the power and the majesty of nature, our sense of awe and wonder is evoked. It is nature’s capacity to inspire, to give peace, to heal, to balance life, that we value when we set out to create new landscapes.

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