Stigsdotter Dissertation Landscape Health

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Unformatted text preview: terdisciplinary projects dealing with nature, health, medicine and rehabilitation. He participates in conferences for physicians and other medical professionals and presents results on the medical effects of stays in city parks and in the healing garden at Alnarp. My focus is increasingly on making our results on health and stays in verdant environments usable for practitioners – working landscape architects, planners and decision-makers. I am looking more closely at how these environments should be given shape and seeking design and planning tools that are based on scientific evidence. 28 In the introduction to the dissertation, I asked whether modern humankind is still longing for a garden of paradise. I asked this because, today, more and more people are feeling stressed and need places where they can find rest and experience recovery. If we let ourselves become inspired by the eight basic characteristics, we find that the characteristics Rich in species, Serene and The pleasure garden are those most sought after by people who feel stressed. These basic characteristics may be described as an enclosed, safe and secluded room, where you can relax and be yourself. Such rooms are peaceful, quiet and nurturing places, where the sounds of water, birds and insects are found. We recognize here similarities to descriptions of a garden of paradise. The question that emerges is whether this picture of a garden of paradise is simply an archetype. Sometime in the future, I hope to have the opportunity to look more closely at this question and to develop the contact I once began with Jungian psychoanalysts. Acknowledgements “Scientific people are always curious and I am going to be scientific. I keep saying to myself. ‘What is it? What is it?’ It’s something. It can’t be nothing! I don’t know its name so I call it Magic. I have never seen the sun rise but Mary and Dickon have and from what they tell me I am sure that it is Magic too. Something pushes it up and draws it. Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something were pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places. The Magic in this garden has made me stand up and know I am going to live to be a man. I am going to make the scientific experiment of trying to get some and put it in myself and make it push and draw me and make me strong. I don’t know how to do it but I think that if you keep thinking about it and calling it perhaps it will come. Perhaps that is the first baby way to get it. When I was going to try to stand that first time Mary kept saying to herself as fast as she could, ‘You can do it!’ You can do it!’ and I...
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