Stigsdotter Dissertation Landscape Health

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Unformatted text preview: dscape architects, environmental psychologists, physicians and horticultural therapists. The health effects are assumed to be derived from the activities in the garden room, and the visitor’s background and character. Second question attendant question of Study 1 is: How should a healing garden intended for rehabilitation of people with fatigue reactions be designed if it is to promote their health? This is a question of the landscape architect focusing on the patient. As landscape architects, we must clearly understand how and why we think that the garden will be able to promote patients’ health. At the end of this introductory text, I present a summary (Figure 7) showing how far my work has come in this regard. Since the present articles were written, great changes have occurred in Sweden. Researchers from different disciplines are now meeting to study the medical effects of the healing garden at Alnarp campus and of the horticultural therapy program conducted there. The same tendency has not been observed among practitioners. Different kinds of healing gardens are being laid out in Sweden, but many of them are not designed to meet the special needs of visitors. At Alnarp campus, we are now discussing the possibility of certification of healing gardens. The certification process would involve examination of both the horticultural therapy program and the garden’s design. This would lead to a demand for evidence-based design and planning of health-promoting environments. The first attendant question of Study 2 is: Do urban green spaces affect city dwellers’ perceived health? The results of the dissertation show a significant relationship between frequency and length of stays in urban green spaces and frequency of perceived stress among city dwellers: the more often and longer you visit a park or garden, the fewer occasions of stress you suffer. In this case, the concept of stress consists of one factor, formed by feelings of fatigue, irritation and a general feeling of being chased, harassed and stressed, here called level of stress. Though I was already convinced before starting my doctoral work that parks and green areas constitute urban spaces important for human health, I was in fact surprised that the phenomenon is so general in nature. Perhaps this explains why, ever since antiquity, parks and other health-related aspects have been crucial factors in the choice of location for a city and in city planning. I wish to emphasize again that health is positively affected by stays in city parks and gardens regardless of the visitor’s sex, age or socioeconomic status. This aspect should constitute one good argument for safeguarding the greenery that already exists in our cities. Hopefully, it can help to create an outlook on urban green spaces in which they are viewed as a means of achieving increased health among urban populations. 27 Second attendant question of Study 2 is: How should urban green spaces be planned and designed if they are...
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