Stigsdotter Dissertation Landscape Health

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Unformatted text preview: l be referred to by their Roman numerals: I. Stigsdotter, U. A. & Grahn, P. 2002. What Makes a Garden a Healing Garden? Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, vol 13, pp. 60-69. II. Stigsdotter, U. A. & Grahn, P. 2003. Experiencing a Garden: A Healing Garden for People Suffering from Burnout Diseases. Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, vol 14, pp. 38-48. III. Grahn, P. & Stigsdotter, U. A. 2003. Landscape planning and stress. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, vol 2, pp. 1-18. IV. Stigsdotter, U. A. & Grahn P. 2004. A Garden at Your Doorstep May Reduce Stress: Private Gardens as Restorative Environments in the City. Open Space: People Space, An international conference on inclusive environments, 27-29 October 2004, Edinburgh, Scotland. http://www.openspace.eca.ac.uk/conference/proceedings/summary/Stigsdotter.htm. Conference proceedings. V. Stigsdotter, U. A. Urban green spaces: Promoting health through city planning. Inspiring Global Environmental Standards and Ethical Practices. The National Association of Environmental Professionals’, NAEP, 30th Annual Conference, 16-19 April 2005, Alexandria, Virginia USA. Conference proceedings. In press. Papers I and II are reprinted with permission from the American Horticultural Therapy Association. Paper III is reprinted with permission from Elsevier. Paper IV is reprinted with permission from Open Space: People Space; The research centre for inclusive access to outdoor environments, Edinburgh, Scotland. Paper V is reprinted with permission from The National Association of Environmental Professionals, NAEP, USA. Background The present dissertation is a collection of papers previously published by the candidate, preceded by an introductory text. According to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences’ regulations, the work must consist of at least three and no more than five papers as well as an introductory part (www.slu.se, 2005-02-17). The role played by the introductory part may vary across dissertations. At my final seminar, I was advised by my examiner, Professor Thomas B. Randrup at Forest & Landscape, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University of Denmark (KVL) in Copenhagen, to view the introduction as a summary of my time as a postgraduate student. I chose to take his advice, as I believe that such a summary will explain how and why my dissertation’s various questions and papers have developed. How it all started When my time in the landscape architecture program was nearing its end, I still had questions for which I had not received answers during my training. These questions concerned human beings and their longing for good places in the form of gardens. I was fascinated by the Christian idea that humankind is connected to the garden, both in terms of the origins and future of humanity, through the Garden of Eden and the heavenly Garden of Paradise (see Paper I). I found in different religious doctrines similar stories depicting the garden as central for hu...
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