Innovative Approaches to Researching Landscape and Health: Open Space: People Space 2

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-27
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Our modern lifestyles often cause us to spend more time sitting behind a desk than being active outdoors. At the same time, our general health is deteriorating. The alarming rise in obesity, sedentary lifestyles and mental ill-health across the developed world has resulted in an urgent desire to understand how the environment, in particular the outdoor environment, influences health.This book addresses the growing interest in salutogenic environments - landscapes that support healthy lifestyles and promote well-being ' and the need for innovative methods to research them. Drawing on multidisciplinary approaches from environmental psychology, health sciences, urban design, landscape architecture and horticulture, it questions how future research can be better targeted to inform policy and practice in health promotion.The contributing authors are international experts in researching landscape, health and the environment, drawn together by OPENspace directors who have a unique reputation in this area. This pioneering book is a valuable resource for postgraduate researchers and practitioners in both environmental and health studies.

Author Biography

Catharine Ward Thompson is Research Professor of Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh. She is Director of OPENspace based at Edinburgh College of Art and Heriot-Watt University and directs the College's Landscape Architecture PhD programme.
Peter Aspinall is Associate Director of OPENspace Research Centre and is an environmental psychologist. He is currently an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University and Emeritus Professor of Vision and Environment at Heriot-Watt University.
Simon Bell is Associate Director of OPENspace Research Centre, Edinburgh College of Art and a forester and landscape architect. He is also Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
List of contributorsp. vii
List of figuresp. xii
List of tablesp. xvii
Forewordp. xix
Prefacep. xxi
Introductionp. 1
Affordances in the landscape: a theoretical approachp. 7
Affordances and the perception of landscape: an inquiry into environmental perception and aestheticsp. 9
Using behaviour mapping to investigate healthy outdoor environments for children and families: conceptual framework, procedures and applicationsp. 33
Evidence on the relationship between landscape and healthp. 75
Nearby nature and human health: looking at mechanisms and their implicationsp. 77
Active landscapes: the methodological challenges in developing the evidence on urban environments and physical activityp. 97
Using affordances as a health-promoting tool in a therapeutic gardenp. 120
Different perspectives on methodologyp. 161
Opening space for project pursuit: affordance, restoration and chillsp. 163
On environmental preference: applying conjoint analysis to visiting parks and buying housesp. 179
Applications in practice: spatial structure, landscape design and landscape usep. 209
Feeling good and feeling safe in the landscape: a 'syntactic' approachp. 211
Landscape quality and quality of lifep. 230
Conclusionsp. 257
Challenges for research in landscape and healthp. 259
Indexp. 279
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