Stigsdotter Dissertation Landscape Health

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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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