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Unformatted text preview: to offer city dwellers a health-promoting living
environment? Because our findings show that the most important factor concerns length of
visits to urban green spaces, it is of great importance that these spaces become an element of
city planning that is integrated into the everyday living environments of city dwellers.
Visiting city parks and green areas often and, above all, for longer periods is crucial to the
positive effects these areas can have on visitors’ perceived health. Moreover, urban green
spaces must offer visitors rooms for both rest and activity. Our results concerning
suggestions for how urban green spaces may be planned based on a health-promoting
perspective are summarized in Figure 8. Concluding remarks and future research
Like many other doctoral dissertations, the present work gives rise to more questions and
reflections than answers and solutions. My work is in no way finished. In the dissertation, I
have tried to find solutions to two concrete problems concerning how health-promoting
environments may be designed on the basis of scientific results. Thus, the work may be
viewed as a pragmatic effort. By this I mean that the present results have to do with practical
applicability and use. The results, however, must be further developed into more userfriendly tools for design and planning. In both Study 1 and 2, I apply the eight basic
characteristics (see Figure 5). Further testing and development of these eight basic
characteristics into a user-friendly design and planning tool will be, for me, an interesting
and important research objective. I plan to continue this work at the healing garden at
Alnarp campus and regionally. The research group once started by Professor Emeritus
Gunnar Sorte and Associate Professor Patrik Grahn has grown over the years and now
includes scientists from several disciplines. By studying results obtained by the medical
researchers at Alnarp, interviewing the rehabilitation staff and the patients and by studying
the garden itself, I will analyze how the garden design has worked. From a regional
perspective, I will also try to operationalize the eight basic characteristics in order to
provide user-friendly tools for planning. These studies will entail interviews with focus
groups and a new survey on people’s health-related experiences of and feelings about visits
to various recreational areas in Skåne, in southern Sweden.
During my time as a doctoral student, I have had the privilege of studying and working in a
close collaboration with my supervisor, Associate Professor Patrik Grahn. He has sometimes
had the role of mentor and teacher, at other times we have worked on a more equal basis.
Today, it is at times difficult to remember who has contributed what to our joint work.
During my doctoral studies, however, we have each focused our attention on different
perspectives in the area of research on landscape architecture and health. Associate
Professor Patrik Grahn is now responsible for major in...
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