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Unformatted text preview: areas, schoolyards and gardens belonging to a house – are viewed as healthpromoting elements of city planning. Interest in how urban green spaces can maintain and fortify
human health is spreading among scientists, architects, politicians and the public. Despite this interest,
the problem remains of how urban green spaces should be planned and designed so as to attract the
The dissertation has an applied perspective and is aimed at both scientists and practitioners. It presents
findings from two different studies, one on how healing gardens may be designed for people with
burnout syndromes and the other on how urban green spaces may be planned from a health-promoting
perspective. The overall purpose is, thus, that the dissertation should contribute to the evidence-based
design and planning of health-promoting outdoor environments.
Keywords: Landscape architecture, health, health promotion, healing gardens, urban green spaces,
stress and evidence-based design and planning.
Author’s address: Ulrika A. Stigsdotter, Department of Landscape Planning Alnarp, SLU, P.O.
Box 58, S-230 53 Alnarp, Sweden. He lay thinking for a while and then Mary saw his beautiful smile begin
and gradually change his whole face.
“I shall stop being queer,” he said, “if I go every day to the garden. There is Magic in there
good Magic, you know, Mary. I am sure there is.”
“So am I,” said Mary.
“Even if it isn’t real Magic,” Colin said, “we can pretend it is. Something is there –
“ It’s Magic,” said Mary, “but not black. It’s as white as snow.” (The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1909) Content
How it all started, 7 Pilot project – Solberga Park in Älvsjö, 8
Lessons from the pilot project, 9 Introduction, 10
Why landscape architects should design for health, 10 Theories and central works, 11
Literature on theories from environmental psychology, 11
Literature on theories of design of healing gardens, 12
Literature on planning of urban living environments to promote health, 13
Comments on the selected literature, 14 Problem formulation in the dissertation, 14
Study aim, 15 Central concepts in the dissertation, 15
The two studies in the dissertation, 18
Study 1, 18
Study 2, 18 Methods in the dissertation, 19
Summary of papers, 20
Paper I: What Makes a Garden a Healing Garden?, 20
Paper II: Experiencing a Garden: A Healing Garden for People Suffering from Burnout Diseases, 21
Paper III: Landscape planning & stress, 23
Paper IV: A Garden at Your Doorstep May Reduce Stress: Private Gardens as Restorative
Environments in the City, 24
Paper V: Urban green spaces: Promoting health through city planning, 25 Discussion, 26
Concluding remarks and future research, 28
Printed sources, 31
Internet sources, 33 Schematic summary of research results, 34
Figure 7, 34
Figure 8, 36 Appendix
The present thesis is based on the following papers, which wil...
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