The work of Judd (1997) explores how an environment is designed to enhance well-being. E.g. does the design of the building compensate for disability, maximise independence, enhance self-esteem, demonstrate care for staff, reinforce personal identity and welcome relatives and the local community?
“The most practical and the most feasible solution offered, and the one on which this paper will center, involves the schoolyard. The schoolyard habitat movement, which promotes the “greening” of school grounds, is quickly gaining international recognition and legitimacy.” This quote touches on the fact that currently our schools need to “greened” meaning nature needs to be implemented not on the sidelines of fields but rather right in the center for kids to explore. There are many studied showing how children’s connection with nature at a young age helps them have a strong connection with nature along with having better health and lesser chances of depression. There are many organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation, Council for Environmental Education, American Forest Foundation, Britain-based Learning through Landscapes, Canadian-based Evergreen, and Swedish-based Skolans Uterum, that have all expresses interest in helping out with this cause. A theory that is very interesting that relates to this issue is a theory by Edward Wilson from Harvard. He had a theory that he named biophilia. Basically what this theory was about was that all people are simply drawn to nature by their very instinct. This quote has a lot of truth to it. Almost all
Every group had its own suggestions for green infrastructure. The most popular method among the projects was the implementation of green roofs. As every group stated, green roofs can help regulate temperatures inside buildings, saving costs on heating and cooling. They are handy in capturing storm water runoff, which can then be used for food production. Group A did a good job showing these benefits, but neglected to consider the possible detrimental
The purpose of this paper is to highlight how Robert Hammond and Josh David’s visionary idea transformed an unused, abandoned railroad line into a spectacular green space in the sky –New York’s High Line. Hammond and David were locals who believed that tearing down the railroad line was not a good idea. Meanwhile other people in the community, including property owners and Mayor Giuliani wanted the unused railroad demolished. With the help of photographer Joel Sternfeld who captured the abandoned railroad line’s overgrown greenery and fields of wildflowers that changed with the seasons, they were able to get people to recognize that this was a green space in New York city that was worth keeping.
The first thing these people should see is a run down industrial area with some water by it that doesn't look like much. In an article by Tim Smedley he discusses how being by a body of water has a great impact on mental health, even more so than places like woodlands or gardens. This means that the people who live here, and see that body of water every day will show improved mental health even without using the lake directly. Then when people drive through the city, they will not only see a beautiful lake that makes them think highly of the city, but they will also have improved mental
After moving into the area Brian began to notice the little things that he missed from The Mission. He thought about the art, the people, but most importantly the beauty of the Mission, the flowers, the nature, the community gardens, and the lush green that was still everywhere even though he was in the heart of the city. This yearning for something naturally beautiful in his space was the catalyst of his inspiration to begin the creation of community gardens in West Oakland.But these weren't just the creations of community gardens ,they were the beginning steps to clean air and a healthy environment in places all around West Oakland. But Brian recognizes that one of the biggest challenges in the creation of these gardens is the acceptance of them in the community. And even though it seems like this is something that everyone would want he recognizes that the push back that happens is out of fear. He sees that this is a community who only only see’s receiving nice things as a means to an
Life in the town of Stoneshade was fairly simple. The weather is always warm, although the sun never seems to shine. The Stoneshade river brings us fresh water from Marianne's glacier, just north of us in the mountains. The people here are mainly happy, but I can’t be one voice for everyone, since the town is too big to know every person in it. In fact, it’s more like a city than a town, but since everyone lives so far away from each other, it doesn’t have the city feel to it. In between the many houses are a vast range of trees, which is where most of us spend our time. Even though our town has the high technology of any other place, the residents prefer to stay outside, and for a good reason, too.
I had the opportunity to assess the needs of the Rosewood and Rockwood plaza in collaboration with OHSU, Human Solutions and Wallace medical Concern. I am following up with a recommendation that Human Solutions consider implementing a roof top community space and garden on the Rockwood plaza building. This recommendation is evidenced by a variety of studies, government reports, and models that show how community space and the built environment contribute to the physical, mental, and social well-being of individuals and communities (design for health.net). These individual and community health benefits can also contribute to the health of the broader community and have a positive influence on the environment. The integration of the built environment to promote health outcomes has been shown to have significant impact on both the individual
According to William Shakespeare, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” Adventuring into the wilderness has been used as a spiritual clarity and rejuvenation throughout human history. Our relationship with nature as a society has been altered due to new technology and electronic components. To escape from the technologically empowered world, people have turned to nature as a sanctuary to reestablish open-mindedness and a magnanimous attitude towards oneself as well as to each other. Ever since I was a young child, Garland Park has been a part of my life. This place allows me to reconnect with my family, and provides peacefulness that helps me escape from the chaos of the modern world to be one with nature. Because of these traits, Garland Park has always been a sanctuary for me.
It has a positive impact on mental health which is crucial for some people, including me. I looked forward to waking up every morning and watering my plants, it gave me a couple of minutes to just relax and essentially enjoy the peace and quiet. Lastly, my garden got me to be more active, “digging, planting, weeding, and other repetitive tasks that require strength or stretching are excellent forms of low-impact exercise,” (Harding). It forced me to go outside and do something, unlike the past couple of years which I did absolutely nothing, I usually just got home from school and did
London, an area of 1,572 square kilometers, is home to 8.7 million people. According to Greenspace Information for Greater London (GiGL), up to ‘39% of Greater London can be classified as green open space’ - 14.2m2 per resident, of which nearly half (17.88% of total space) is classified as being parks or woodland. In this essay I will be discussing how the character and quantity of these open spaces differ across two areas, Tower Hamlets (TH) and The City, before suggesting key factors affecting them. First though – we must define the question, by explaining the key terms.
When people think of their environment people think of their immediate surroundings; however, one's environment goes beyond and further into the psychological connection to one's personal environment. To further explain, Gallagher discusses three different aspects of The Power of Place: Outside In, Inside Out, and Synchrony. The book opens doors previously unnoticed about psychological ecology. From reading the book one learns that settings influence behavior more than the personalities of most people.
2. Chief Purpose: To encourage researchers, psychologists, and therapist to utilize information within the article to promote involvement with nature upon the human population. To help the human race to develop an eco-friendly environment.
Green buildings could become one of the main factors to preserve our rapidly decaying environment. There is no easy way to define a green building, but a green building is essentially a structure that amplifies the positives and mitigates the negatives throughout the entire life cycle of the building (Kriss, 2014). There are many definitions for a green building, but all of them include the planning, designing, constructing, and operating of the building while taking into huge considerations of the energy use, water use, indoor air environment, materials used and the effect it has on the site the green building is being built on. The first green buildings dates back to as far as the 1970’s, when solar panels went from experiments to reality. Green buildings were not as popular as they are today due to their extremely high pricing. With technology rapidly growing, solar panels are becoming cheaper and cheaper, making the transition to creating green buildings more affordable. This is the primary reason for the increased growth of green buildings today. A modern company that is paving the way to the growth of green buildings named LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, focuses primarily on new and effective ideas for environmentally friendly buildings projects. With more than 60,000 commercial projects worldwide and 1.7 million square feet being certified every day, LEED is one of the leading groups for promoting green buildings. LEED has popularized the entire