Healing Landscapes

The concept of designing landscapes at hospitals, hospices, and similar sites for their healing qualities rather than merely to cover the grounds is gaining prominence as a result of the work of Ulrich (1984) and the Kaplans (1989) which provide much of the theoretical basis for this movement. Francis et al (1994, 1994) has drawn together proponents of this concept for an exchange of ideas that has led to two sets of proceedings. The January 1995 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine (4401 Connecticut Avenue NW, 5th floor, Washington, DC 20008-2302; tel: 800-787-LAMS) provides an overview of the current state of the art, as landscape architects continue to explore both healing landscapes and therapeutic garden design for horticultural therapy (Dannenmaier, 1995; McCormick, 1995; Stevens, 1995a, 1995b; Leccese, 1995; Sutro, 1995; Warner, 1995; Kavanagh and Musiak, 1993). The uniqueness of landscape design for nursing homes and other housing facilities for elderly and disabled persons is becoming internationally recognized (Stoneham and Thoday, 1994).

Links
Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series
Therapeutic Landscape Network
Recommend Book:Healing gardens: therapeutic benefits and design recommendations

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