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Therapeutic Landscapes An Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces, 1st Edition

This comprehensive and authoritative guide offers an evidence-based overview of healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes from planning to post-occupancy evaluation. It provides general guidelines for designers and other stakeholders in a variety of projects, as well as patient-specific guidelines covering twelve categories ranging from burn patients, psychiatric patients, to hospice and Alzheimer’s patients, among others. Sections on participatory design and funding offer valuable guidance to the entire team, not just designers, while a planting and maintenance chapter gives critical information to ensure that safety, longevity, and budgetary concerns are addressed.

From the Back Cover

The single most comprehensive and authoritative guide to designing healing gardens and restorative outdoor spaces

Therapeutic Landscapes focuses critical attention on the design and creation of landscapes that promote health and well-being, emphasizing the importance of evidence-based design to meet the needs of specific patient populations, as well as those of visitors and staff. It presents an overview of healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes from planning to post-occupancy evaluation and offers guidelines on which landscape architects, healthcare administrators, and funders to base their decisions.

Whether the outdoor space is a courtyard, a campus, or a roof garden; whether it is part of an acute care or a residential facility; or whether it serves children, cancer patients, veterans, or the elderly, this comprehensive guide delivers proven approaches to the design of beautiful spaces that reduce stress, encourage emotional equilibrium, support recovery from illness or injury, and help patients regain lost or impaired abilities.

Important features of this wide-ranging and closely detailed resource, include:

  • Evidence-based guidelines for designers and other stakeholders in a variety of projects
  • Patient-specific strategies covering twelve categories ranging from burn patients and psychiatric patients to hospice and Alzheimer’s patients
  • Case studies of exemplary gardens that demonstrate best practices and provide inspiration
  • Information on participatory design and funding strategies
  • Chapters on research, planting and maintenance, horticultural therapy, and sustainability

Therapeutic Landscapes is an indispensable resource for landscape architects, other designers, students taking related courses, and healthcare administrators.

About the Author

Clare Cooper Marcus is Professor Emerita in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She is recognized internationally for her pioneering research on the psychological and sociological implications of the design of housing, public open space, and restorative landscapes.

Naomi A. Sachs is founder and Director of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. She is currently pursuing a PhD in architecture at Texas A&M University. Naomi writes and lectures frequently about the restorative benefits of nature.

A comprehensive review of therapeutic landscapes that explains how relevant research results can be factored into garden designs to create successful healing environments in a variety of healthcare settings. The authors describe and evaluate several existing healthcare gardens and provide practical analysis of what works and what doesn’t. A must-read for anyone designing therapeutic gardens. But also a valuable resource to anyone designing or caring for gardens in that it helps them understand the benefits derived from exposure to nature. Well done!
This is the most important and complete book on the topic of therapeutic landscapes published in the last decade. Beautiful photographs are distributed throughout to illustrate basic concepts. “Therapeutic Landscapes” is an essential resource in the library of designers who are interested in healthy and healing environments.
Got my copy two weeks ago and I am already incorporating ideas from the book into my projects. The chapters are broken down by types of gardens and clinical needs and the case studies provide real world examples of the theory and approaches described in the book. A must have for anyone designing, building, or associated with Healing and Therapy Gardens.

Product Details :

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118231910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118231913
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.7 x 0.8 inches

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