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Lecture 11 - Lecture 11 Restorative Commons Creating Health...

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Lecture 11- Restorative Commons: Creating Health and Well-being through Urban Landscapes Biophilia, Health, and Well-being Contact with nature is a basic human need Connections to nature can be provided in a multitude of ways: through gardening, walking in a park, playing in the water, etc Biophilia hypothesis tells us that, as a species, we are still powerfully responsive to nature’s forms, processes, and pattern Our Restorative Commons: Linking Nature to Human Health and Well-being Restorative Commons approach builds upon best practices in urban restoration ecology as well as the persistent concerns for equitable access to nature-rich environments in urban settings Spaces with dead and dying plants and trees signal habitat depletion and are largely avoided Using inspiration from both the local natural environment and vernacular cultural expressions for creating a sense of place is critical to the success of biophilic design
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